Religious Freedom is for Non-Christians Too

February 28, 2017 ...

In this survey, evangelical leaders deviate from the general American population that places a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of some groups rather than others. “Evangelical leaders believe religious freedom is a basic human right for all people, and that protecting the religious freedom for people of other faiths is protecting their own …

Top Policy Issues of 2017

February 13, 2017 ...

While the open-ended question led to a variety of answers, 63 percent of evangelical leaders named religious freedom and 46 percent listed immigration/refugees when answering, “What will be the most important public policy issues for evangelicals to address in 2017?” “If the first weeks under the new administration are any indication, evangelical leaders accurately identified …

Most U.S. Evangelical Leaders Expect Persecution in Coming Years

November 28, 2016 ...

The October Evangelical Leaders Survey asked U.S. evangelical leaders about their experience with persecution and their projections for the future. While only 32 percent indicated that they have been persecuted for their Christian faith, 76 percent expect they will be persecuted in coming years. “American evangelical leaders recognize changes in the cultural wind and anticipate …

Buxton v. Kurtinitis

October 21, 2016 ...

He learned that his application score had been lowered by one administrator because in answer to a question about the source of his morals he briefly mentioned his Christian faith. A federal district court dismissed Buxton’s complaint as failing to state a claim. He is now appealing to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The …

Update: California Drops Proposal Affecting Faith-based Colleges

August 10, 2016 ...

The earlier version of Senate Bill 1146 would have prevented colleges that receive state funds from enforcing policies on student conduct, housing and restroom/locker facilities, and other matters of practical campus life that are informed by the institution’s religious convictions. “This is good news for our evangelical colleges and for other religious schools in California,” …

California Bill Threatens Faith-based Colleges

August 9, 2016 ...

S.B. 1146 would eliminate the current religious exemption in California that gives its faith-based colleges and universities the opportunity to operate in ways that are consistent with their beliefs. Under the provisions of S.B. 1146, only seminaries or other schools that train clergy and ministers would qualify for a religious exemption. Any other faith-based school …

Update: Stormans v. Wiesman

June 29, 2016 ...

In his dissent, Justice Samuel Alito warned, “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have great cause for concern.” Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas also dissented to the denial of the request to review the circuit decision.

Update: Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell

May 17, 2016 ...

The National Association of Evangelicals, co-amici on a brief defending the Little Sisters of the Poor, welcomes the court’s decision that encourages lower courts, government and religious groups to work together to find solutions that uphold the conscience and integrity of religious groups that are dedicated to education, health care and social services. Galen Carey, NAE …

Letter to Congress on Conscience Protection Act

April 19, 2016 ...

Dear Representative: We represent millions of Americans and tens of thousands of health care professionals with a profound concern about abortion, and particularly about the conscience rights of health care professionals and facilities. Federal laws protecting conscientious objection to abortion have been approved for decades by Congresses and presidents of both parties. Even many “pro-choice” …