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Citing Hobby Lobby ruling, GITMO detainees request group prayer

Citing the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision, attorneys for two detainees at the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay have filed a motion seeking religious freedom for their Muslim clients.

U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert: Believe in Jesus or go to 'Hell'

Washington - Republican US Rep. Louie Gohmert grilled a Christian leader who believes in the separation of church and state during a congressional hearing on religious freedom, refuting the notion that people won't go to 'Hell' if they don't believe in Jesus.

Op-Ed: New Mississippi law goes both ways, apparently

The nation has a new state law that goes both ways, it seems. And the interesting thing about the law is that even its supporters think it doesn’t go all the way.

Holiday trading not just a religious issue in NSW

Tensions are building in NSW over the issue of shopping on public holidays which some argue should be observed with the closure of businesses.

'Baby Messiah': Parents win court battle over child's name

Newport - A Tennessee judge on Wednesday overturned a lower court's ruling that changed a baby's first name from "Messiah" to Martin because "'Messiah' is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ."

Vatican criticises European religious freedom ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has supported the right of employers to limit expression of religious beliefs in the workplace, in certain circumstances.

Op-Ed: Godless America

Atheism, the position of not believing in a God or the acknowledgment that in fact there never was God? Either way the topic is creating a back lash of controversy among religious leaders and followers alike.

Romney warns Christians, Obama 'a threat to religious freedom'

Romney's last minute campaign message to Christians is that Obama is a threat to their faith. A robocall message sponsored by Romney's campaign says Obama is a threat to the Christian faith because he said Christians "cling to guns or religion."

Study: Red states give more to charity than blue states

It seems those in the U.S. who back Obama for president are among the least generous when it comes to supporting charities.

75th anniversary of 15 minute expose' of Nazi tyranny

75 years ago, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany distributed an “Open Letter” (Offener Brief) detailing the atrocities committed by Hitler’s regime throughout the German Reich.

Op-Ed: Salafist's Quran distributions concern Germany

Recently, the Salafists declare their support for the Syrian rebels. While the Syrian rebels are not a homogenous crowd, having the Salafists on their side makes them appear militant and radical.

Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez says U.S.democracy is under threat

In a recently published article, head of the Diocese of Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, says democracy in the U.S. is under threat with recent government acts of suppression of religious freedom.

Jehovah's Witnesses charged with disrespecting Armenian church

Yerevan - Prosecutors in the case of members of the Jehovah's Witnesses A. Makvetsyan and S. Grigoryan against the Armenian Apostolic Church Holy Trinity priest Ter Yesayi Artenyan, are presenting fresh charges against A. Makvetsyan.

Catholic bishops challenge Obama on religious freedom in the U.S.

Catholic bishops in the U.S. are worried about religious freedom in the country. They have decided to challenge President Barack Obama on what they say is his administration's assault on religious freedom.

Philippines shuts down blasphemous Jesus Christ art exhibit

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has finally closed down an art exhibit that features supposedly blasphemous images of Jesus Christ amid protests from art exhibitors who claim the exhibit was part of their freedom of expression.

US-based doomsday prophets say May 21 is end of the world

A religious group based in the United States have walked the streets of Manila handing out booklets to people in the crowded city early this week claiming May 21 at sunset will be the end of the world.

US President and family attend Baptist church Easter Sunday

Barack Obama attended church service at an African-American Baptist Church in Washington on Easter Sunday, eliciting applause from church-goers.

France detains women wearing face veils

At least two women have been detained in France for wearing Islamic face veils in violation of a recent law prohibiting women from wearing face veils in a public place.

Israeli army uses Facebook to catch draft dodgers

Jerusalem - The Israeli military has a new weapon in its war against potential draft dodgers: Facebook. At least for now, it's being aimed at women who are attempting to avoid mandatory service in Israel's Armed Forces.

Hillary Clinton: Religious freedom is under threat

Washington - Responding to the U.S. State Department’s Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says "religious freedom is under threat."

Op-Ed: Why The Mosque Needs To Be Built At Ground Zero

New York - This is already my third article on the NYC Mosque controversy. When I started my Facebook group and website Pakistanis for Peace of the same name two years ago, I did it in response to the tragic and callous terrorist attacks in Mumbai India in 2008.

Arrests of Jehovah's Witnesses begin in Russia

Moscow - Since late February more than 50 Jehovah's Witnesses have been arrested and detained. They were publicly protesting in a nation-wide leaflet distribution aimed at informing Russian citizens as to how their religious freedoms are being curtailed.

The United States Was Not Started As A Christian Country

Although it's what we are lead to believe the United States was not founded by a rock of Christians. The pledge of allegiance didn't include God until the 1950's. Religious freedom is quickly going into the hamper.

AG Targets Religious Discrimination

Attorney General Alberton Gonzalis announced the Justice Department is to begin a program to enforce protections against religious discrimination.
 

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