The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released their annual religious freedom report Monday and found that religious freedom worldwide “has been under serious and sustained assault” since their 2015 report.
May 2, 2016, 7:11 PM EDT
April 29, 2016, 3:25 PM EDT
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) joined a nationwide day of readings of “I Am Jazz” Thursday by reading the controversial children’s book that chronicles the life of a biological boy, Jazz Jennings, who identifies as a girl.
April 28, 2016, 6:58 PM EDT
House Republicans voted down an amendment Wednesday evening that would have allowed “service members and their dependents to receive abortion services at defense medical facilities (MTFs) if they personally provide funding.”
Paul Ryan Doesn't Say If Women Should Register for Draft; Wants 'Comprehensive Look' at Selective Service Process
April 28, 2016, 2:03 PM EDT
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)(AP)
April 26, 2016, 4:53 PM EDT
Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) sent a letter Monday, together with 73 of their colleagues to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, expressing concern and seeking information regarding the recent loosening of regulation of the abortion-inducing drug Mifeprex or RU-486.
April 26, 2016, 10:37 AM EDT
A Gallup poll released on Friday shows that the number of Americans who identify as environmentalists has dropped 36 points, from 78 percent in 1991 to 42 percent in 2016. There has also been a decline in Americans expressing concern about environmental problems, such as pollution.
April 25, 2016, 12:41 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) – Merriam-Webster, the leading publisher of dictionaries in the United States, added over 2,000 new words and phrases to their unabridged dictionary last week, including the terms "cisgender," "genderqueer," and the gender neutral title "Mx."
April 21, 2016, 12:27 PM EDT
Robert P. George, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), told Congress at a hearing Tuesday that the United States should “commit to a goal of resettling 100,000 Syrian refugees to the United States” but that “in taking these refugees, prioritization needs to be done on the basis of vulnerability,” emphasizing that the highest priority should be for “those who are vulnerable to genocide, enslavement, murder, torture.”
April 20, 2016, 6:08 PM EDT
Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) compared organ donation to fetal tissue donation at a Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives Subcommittee hearing Wednesday. Love asked, “Who protects the minor’s interests” in a fetal tissue donation, adding that as compared to an organ donation “it is not transparent how the fetal organs will be used or by what organization.”
April 20, 2016, 4:01 PM EDT
Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) expressed concern at a Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives Subcommittee hearing Wednesday on "The Pricing of Fetal Tissue" that the congressional investigation of companies that specialize in the sale of unborn baby body parts for medical research could result in an abandonment of “promising medical research” such that lives “will be lost” and that the investigation could “endanger the lives of people who work for these organizations.”
April 18, 2016, 3:24 PM EDT
A new Marist poll released Monday shows that the majority of Americans, 53 percent, believe that the government is treating the Little Sisters of the Poor and other ministries unfairly in the Supreme Court case Zubik v. Burwell.
Rep. Franks Defends PRENDA, Which Prohibits Abortion on Basis of Race, from Claims of Discrimination
April 15, 2016, 3:23 PM EDT
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) defended his legislation, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), which prohibits discrimination against the unborn “on the basis of sex or race,” in a hearing Thursday against claims that the legislation itself was racist, because it stereotyped minority women.
April 14, 2016, 3:00 PM EDT
A new study released Tuesday found that Pakistan’s public school textbooks negatively portray the country’s religious minorities, including Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis, as “untrustworthy, religiously inferior, and ideologically scheming.”
April 11, 2016, 12:08 PM EDT
April 8, 2016, 5:21 PM EDT
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decided to change wording in its naturalization test materials to say “freedom of religion” instead of “freedom of worship” in relation First Amendment rights, a step that Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) had been pushing for since last year.
Planned Parenthood Sues Indiana: Law Banning Abortion Based on Disability Diagnosis ‘Unconstitutional’
April 7, 2016, 12:57 PM EDT
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) to stop a new Indiana law, signed in March, that bans abortion if the sole reason for the abortion is the unborn child’s “race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis of a statutorily defined ‘disability’ or ‘potential diagnosis’ of a ‘disability.’”
April 6, 2016, 1:37 PM EDT
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated a report last week illustrating on U.S. maps that the two mosquitoes with the potential to transmit the Zika virus, as well as other viruses such as dengue and chikungunya, will potentially inhabit areas this summer that geographically cover all of the United States except for 10 states.
April 5, 2016, 1:45 PM EDT
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sent a letter to the House of Representatives on Thursday urging them to support the Conscience Protection Act, which aims to “prevent governmental discrimination against providers of health services who decline involvement in abortion.”
April 1, 2016, 11:39 AM EDT
Acclaimed British author Salman Rushdie spoke about Islamic terrorism on Wednesday evening from the unique perspective of having once had a death-fatwa issued against him for his writing.
March 30, 2016, 3:51 PM EDT
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the only global warming he is worried about is “nuclear global warming because that's the single biggest threat.”