religious freedom

Australia Senate Squashes Attempts to Protect Religious Freedom During Same-Sex Marriage Vote

(Worthy News) – Australia’s left-leaning Labor Party defeated an attempt by senate conservatives to protect religious freedoms in the country’s new same-sex marriage bill. Conservative Coalition senators presented five amendments that would shield religious institutions, charities, and public officials from being punished for supporting Biblical marriage. The protections would also allow these religious institutions to…

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US tells Sudan to ‘immediately suspend’ church demolitions

(Worthy News) – The US Deputy Secretary of State has called on Sudan to “immediately suspend” its demolition of churches and to hold a roundtable discussion with Christian leaders to resolve disputes. John J. Sullivan, speaking at the Al-Neelain Mosque in Omdurman on Friday (17 November), said “the treatment of members of religious minorities is…

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North Korea Day of Prayer offers message of hope for Christians in pariah state

(Worthy News) – North Korea continues to imprison, execute and torture Christians but opportunities are opening to weaken the totalitarian regime’s grip, politicians, religious leaders and religious freedom charities heard on Wednesday. Speakers at the International Prayer Day for North Korea, hosted in Westminster, warned ‘darkness covers the entire society’ and urged Christians to act.…

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Texas Adoption Law Seen as Major Victory for Religious Freedom

(Worthy News) – In order to prevent such lawsuits in Texas, lawmakers passed a bill that would protect Christian adoption agencies for refusing gay couples. Faith-based operations make up 25 percent of the child-placing agencies in Texas. Over the past few years, many faith-based groups stopped taking cases from the state’s foster care system, fearing…

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Algeria: ‘unjust law’ still denying churches their ‘right to worship’

(Worthy News) – Churches in northern Algeria continue to clash with the authorities over permission to hold services in non-religious buildings. Authorities in Tizi Ouzou province – 100km east of the capital, Algiers – have said a 2006 law that regulates non-Muslim worship is breached by churches meeting in houses meant only for accommodation or…

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Nepal: President Signs Law Criminalizing Evangelism, Human Rights Group Warns

(Worthy News) – The President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari has signed into law legislation that makes religious conversion a crime, the international human rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide has reported. In a press release issued Friday, CSW, a human rights group accredited with United Nations consultative status, reports that Bhandari signed into law on…

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