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ERLC commends genocide label for China’s atrocities

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission commended the United States declaration on the Trump administration’s last full day that China has committed genocide against Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic and religious minorities.

More than 3 million Uyghurs detained in forced labor camps in China

XINJIANG, China (BP) -- They reportedly number more than 3 million. Uyghur American human rights advocate Rushan Abbas describes them as university presidents, doctors, entrepreneurs and artists. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) calls them criminals.

World Watch List 2021: Extremists, governments leverage COVID-19 limitations to ramp religious persecution

SANTA ANA, Calif. (BP) – The COVID-19 pandemic, surveillance technology and nationalism converged in 2020 to enable more violence, discrimination and oppression against Christians and other religious minorities globally, persecution watchdog Open Doors USA said in its latest report.

Religion, speech violations call for vindication, court told

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court considered Tuesday (Jan. 12) whether Americans can gain vindication for government violations of their free speech and religious freedom rights even if only by gaining “nominal damages.”

HHS acts against states’ freedom of conscience violations

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Trump administration has taken action in its waning days to protect the freedom of conscience of Americans who oppose funding or helping perform abortions.

‘Long time coming’: U.S. designates Nigeria among top religious freedom violators

WASHINGTON (BP) – Religious liberty advocates are praising the U.S. State Department for designating U.S. ally Nigeria as a violator of international religious freedom law, a move recommended for more than a decade.

New Labor Department rule expands religious exemption for federal contractors

(RNS) — The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new rule intended to foster "full and equal participation" of religious groups as federal contractors.

Biden pick for health secretary alarms religious liberty advocates

WASHINGTON — Southern Baptists joined other religious liberty advocates in voicing opposition to President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for secretary of Health and Human Services, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

Appeals court upholds Kentucky, Michigan COVID restrictions against Christian schools

CINCINNATI (BP) – Government restrictions against Christian schools in Kentucky and Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic have been upheld by a federal appeals court.

FIRST-PERSON: Kentucky governor’s orders misguided, misplaced

The last few days have been quite eventful concerning religious liberty and education in Kentucky. In rapid sequence, Gov. Andy Beshear issued guidance closing all schools in Kentucky, including private religious schools. Questions immediately arose, as did legal challenges, whether the Governor’s authority over legitimate areas like public health can extend to private education.