Evangelical Denomination Expels Entire Congregation Over LGBT Inclusion

For the first time in its 134-year history, the Evangelical Covenant Church has voted to remove a congregation from its roster over its position on LGBTQ inclusion.

Senator Withdraws Clergy Bill

California Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties) withdrew SB 360, a bill that would have required clergy to report certain confessions to the government. The Bill would have further restricted ministers by excluding clergy penitential communications from long established legal protections including “spiritual direction” and “religious counseling.”

California Lawmakers Pass Measure Pushing Pastors to Embrace LGBT Ideology

The California State Assembly has passed a resolution telling pastors to affirm homosexuality in violation of their biblical beliefs.

Churchgoers Disagree on How Visible Their Faith Should Be

Spiritual topics aren’t a part of regular conversations with fellow believers for many Protestant churchgoers, but most seem at least somewhat confident others know they’re a Christian.

Pope Francis Officially Changes the Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis has officially approved a change to the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:13 that replaces “lead us not into temptation” with “do not let us fall into temptation.”
US Catholic reported Monday that the Vatican enacted the change on May 22.

Victory in Church Zoning Case

The Ventura County (California) Superior Court today dismissed a significant portion of the lawsuit brought by the Dos Vientos Community Preservation Association (Association) and Donald Armstrong, in an attempt to force the city of Thousand Oaks to discriminate against a California church and a non-profit organization.

Louisiana Passes ‘Heartbeat Bill’

BATON ROUGE, La.– The Louisiana House of Representatives on May 29 passed 79-23, a “heartbeat bill” that will prohibit abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable in the womb, which is usually as early as six weeks of pregnancy.

‘Equality Act’ Guts Religious Freedom

HR 5, in the U.S. House, and S. 788, in the Senate, misnamed the “Equality Act,” takes the unpreceded step of eliminating the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) as a claim or defense to the application of many federal laws. This bill drastically alters religious freedom in all cases, not just those involving LGBT.

Veterans Home Bible Study Restored

Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) has secured the restoration of a Bible study for elderly residents of the Veterans Home of California. But PJI attorneys will continue to fight for full restoration of religious freedom in the Home.

Firm Expands National Church Land Use and Zoning Practice

Detroit– Dalton & Tomich, PLC today announced attorney Alexander Reuter has joined the firm’s practice specializing in defending the religious freedoms of churches and other religious institutions in land use and zoning discrimination cases. The firm has particular expertise in cases involving violations of RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act.

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