Victory for Little Sisters of the Poor & Other Groups with New Regulations

The Federal Government issued two important statements on October 6, 2017, protecting religious freedom. These regulations are a tremendous victory for many religious groups, including the Little Sisters of the Poor ...

Don’t Walk, Run! Remembering Elder Hales

Elder Hales was a man deeply concerned about the right of every individual to choose and live according to their religious beliefs. In his memory, For Religious Freedom has developed a forum to assist others in finding resources to help them Act Now to protect religious freedom ...

The Mormon Temple That Was Never Built

It is extremely dismaying, and somewhat ironic, that a city like Forest Hills can totally zone out a church that desires to erect a temple for the use and edification of its religious members ...

The Pastor Willing to Go to Jail for the Homeless

Nearly everyone supports feeding the homeless, except in their own neighborhood. Americans often profess the right of churches to construct places of worship, just not by them. What some have dubbed the “Not In My Back Yard” syndrome is all too prevalent in America ...

The Forgotten Freedom: Freedom of Association

I would prefer to be turning my gaze to a new subject, but reality keeps yanking me back. Religious universities and student groups continue to come under attack. Just recently, in California legislation was proposed that would take Cal Grant money away from minority students attending private religious schools with ...

Build a New Church, but “Don’t Touch a Rock on the Old One.”

As Americans, we assume churches are largely protected from government intrusion and control. However, Muslims, Mormons, Catholics and many others have experienced significant opposition when attempting to build places of worship where members can gather. Churches often face hostility in the context of zoning, “because they are tax exempt, and ...

Religious Discrimination in South Carolina

Should the government withhold benefits from people because they are religious? What if the government doesn’t take your religion seriously, and considers your religious beliefs arbitrary? Adell Sherbert worked for Spartan Mills textile plant in South Carolina for about thirty-five years as a spool tender ...

Three Men’s Fight for “Amish Paradise”

Weird Al Yankovic sang, “It’s hard work and sacrifice living in an Amish paradise.” These words took on an especially poignant reality for three families who found themselves battling to raise their children in the Amish faith when their beliefs conflicted with the financial interests of the public school system ...

Bipartisan Backlash: When Biden Argued for Religious Freedom

Within the past few years, protests have arisen nationwide over Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (“RFRA”) that have been enacted.  Large companies and celebrities are going so far as to boycott entire states ...

The Hallucinogenic Origins of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The media frequently asserts that RFRA laws are a result of Christians wanting to discriminate against gays. The actual origins are much more intriguing ...