July 17, 2019 - California drops clergy confession bill

By Pacific Justice Institute, California Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties) withdrew SB 360, a bill that would have required clergy to report certain confessions to the government. The Bill would have further restricted ministers by excluding clergy penitential communications from long established legal protections including “spiritual […]

July 15, 2019 - Supreme Court takes up vital church school case

Wall Street Journal Editorial, Fresh off upholding the Bladensburg Cross, the Supreme Court has taken another case with even more at stake for religious liberty. On Friday the Justices agreed to hear a challenge that involves Montana’s Blaine Amendment, a constitutional provision that bars tax-credit scholarships from going to religious […]

July 12, 2019 - CA Confessional Bill pending

Catholic League for Religious and civil rights Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote the following letter to Assemblyman Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer. He is chairman of the committee that is in charge of the bill. The bill would penalize priests who fail to disclose the sexual abuse of a minor told […]

July 10, 2019 - NW florist case back to court

By Alliance for Defending Freedom, The U.S. Supreme Court will once again hold Barronelle Stutzman’s fate in its hands. In February 2017, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the government can force this 74-year-old floral artist and grandmother to create floral art celebrating events that conflict with her faith. […]

July 8, 2019 - Top Court gives pastor re-trail due to bias

By Faith News Note, The Oregon Supreme Court has determined that a pastor convicted of sexually abusing a girl in his church should be given a new trial because witnesses referred to his accuser as a “victim.” Mike Sperou, a 68-year-old Happy Valley pastor, was convicted in 2015 of first-degree […]

July 5, 2019 - 2019 Religious Freedom Report

Rep. Chris Smith Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, welcomed today’s release of the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report. “The State Department’s annual report on religious freedom is critical for the […]

July 3, 2019 - Oregon’s provocative progressive pastor

By Faith News Note, The Clackamas United Church of Christ has drawn wide support across social media for progressive signs posted outside its place of worship in Milwaukee, Ore. Rev. Adam Ericksen said he began posting pro-LGBTQ and other progressive messages on the sign outside the church to build up […]

July 1, 2019 - Same-day Suicide law goes before Governor

By Oregon Right to Life, SB 579 passed the House 35-22. It will now head to the governor to become law. Senate Bill 579 removes the requirement that a near-death patient wait 15 days before killing themselves by legal assisted suicide. This bill will also allow someone with malicious intent […]

June 28, 2019 - When Trump meets Xi — Stress Human Rights

By Christian Defense Coalition Activists  held a prayer vigil and demonstration in front of the White House this week. They stand in solidarity with Christians, Uighurs and Falun Gong practitioners who are being imprisoned and persecuted for their faith in China. President Trump has indicated that he will be having […]

June 28, 2019 - Representative Rick Lewis lands big help for those with hearing loss

By Oregon Tax News, Patients under the Oregon Health Plan will now receive two hearing aids instead of one, thanks to Rep. Rick Lewis, R, Silverton, a former police chief. He asked the state to change the rules because people with one hearing aid can feel like sound is only […]