Religious Liberty

Federal Court to Decide if Church Can Fire Pastor for Not Attracting Members and Spending Too Much Money

"Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, a historic church founded in the late 1800s and located in one of the city's poorest communities, is defending its right to choose its own religious leaders free from government interference, according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty." - CPost

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Pew: Among the 25 most populous countries, Egypt, Russia, India, Indonesia and Turkey had the highest overall restrictions on religion in 2016

"China, for example, had the highest Government Restrictions Index score of any country in 2016, yet had 'low' levels of social hostilities." Pew

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California Bill Harms Civil Rights of LGBT Community, Legislates “Questionable” Science as Fraud

California Bill AB-2943 is a remarkable piece of legislation, in that it legislates “questionable” science as fraud. AB-2943 affirms LGBT identity as natural: “(a) Contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”

The bill adds that an APA task force concluded “based on a systematic review of peer-reviewed journal literature on sexual orientation change efforts … can pose critical health risks” and that change, conversion, or repair therapies “are based on developmental theories whose scientific validity is questionable.”

Since the bill was brought forward, there has been controversy about whether or not AB-2943 bans the Bible, as assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen affirmed it would.

In light of the significance of this bill and the controversy it is generating, there are at least five concerns we should be considering:

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The New 'Red Line' Christians in China Are Being Warned Not to Cross

"Christians in China are being forced to adhere to revised regulations on religion that were implemented in February which has led to strict government controls on their everyday lives. . . . Some of the most notable restrictions prohibit parents from bringing their children to church, while religious venues are banned from holding training sessions." CPost

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