The Federal Emergency Management Agency changed its policies to allow damaged churches and other houses of worship to receive disaster relief aid.
By Ken Camp / Managing Editor
Senators recessed before Christmas without voting on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s nomination as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
Removal of language from the Senate tax bill that would have allowed churches to engage in partisan politics without losing their tax-exempt status represents a victory for religious liberty, advocates of church-state separation insisted.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a Texas case involving a city that extended benefits to same-sex spouses of employees.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Dec. 5 in the case of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
Churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith-based community centers damaged in a natural disaster could be eligible for federal disaster relief funds under a measure approved by a congressional committee.
By Chris Matthews / Religion News Service
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Nov. 27 it would not hear a case challenging a Tarrant County school district’s practice that allows students to lead public prayers at school board meetings.
The U.S. State Department failed to release a list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom by a Nov. 13 deadline, even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said religious freedom is a “human rights priority” for the Trump administration.
By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
Students can win money for college by writing an essay discussing whether public school calendars should accommodate religious holidays.
By Illana Ostrin / Baptist Joint Committee
In the wake of the shooting massacre at a Texas church, Pastor Eric S.C. Manning has visited members of his own congregation—Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church—to see how they are coping with rekindled memories and ongoing grief.
By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Sutherland Springs to offer prayers and words of comfort to a stricken community three days after a lone gunman killed more than two dozen people during a Sunday morning church service.
By Yonat Shimron and Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
The tax-reform package U.S. House of Representative leaders released Nov. 2 would weaken a provision in the tax code that bars churches from endorsing political candidates without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.