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April 20, 2017

2017 Religious Liberty Summit

Each year, the North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA) hosts a Religious Liberty Summit in Washington, D.C. It’s a unique opportunity for local members to play an active role in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s religious liberty advocacy work. This year’s event will be an exceptional experience for attendees: the three-day Summit will coincide with the annual Religious Liberty Dinner, as well as a half day symposium celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Three individually impactful events combined into one incredible experience! READ MORE

March 30, 2017

North American Division Responds to Proposed Repeal of Johnson Amendmen

Recent events by both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. Government have brought the Johnson Amendment and participation in elections by nonprofits (including churches) to the forefront. The Johnson Amendment is the 1954 amendment to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code prohibiting tax exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing candidates for office. This amendment is so named because of its sponsorship by then Senator Lyndon Johnson who had been targeted by a nonprofit during an election. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

Adventists Appeal Court Ruling on Kellogg Sabbath Case

On March 22, 2017, two former Kellogg employees made their appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit after a lower court found insufficient evidence that the two Adventist plaintiffs were treated unfairly when they were fired for failing to work on Sabbath. A decision from the court of appeals, located in Denver, Colorado, is expected in approximately three months. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EFFORTS: NEXT FRONT OPENS IN BATTLE ON GAY MARRIAGE

South Dakota has become the first state to approve a religious freedom law in 2017, protecting faith-based adoption and foster care providers from discrimination laws if they choose not to allow same-sex couples to adopt. Other states are already following with similar efforts. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

New study: 60% of Muslims in the US report religious discrimination in the past year

Muslims living in the United States have often found themselves at the center of national debate. But their voices are seldom heard. READ MORE

March 7, 2017

Repealing the Johnson Amendment Would Harm Religious Freedom

The Johnson Amendment was an IRS tax reform bill that was successfully passed in Congress by Senator Lyndon Johnson in 1954, the same man who would later become President in 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. READ MORE

January 4, 2017

Adventists welcome new US International Religious Freedom law

Church leaders encourage governments in every country to protect and promote freedom of religion and belief. READ MORE

November 3, 2016

Adventist leaders mark Religious Freedom Day

The church’s Public Affairs and Religious Liberty director calls for church members to reject complacency in the face of growing global challenges to religious freedom READ MORE

October 17, 2016

Creationist receives six-figure legal settlement from public university

A creationist scholar recently received a six-figure settlement from California State University Northridge, a payout that resolved a 2-year-old lawsuit that alleged the scholar had been fired after discovering soft tissue on a triceratops horn and publishing his findings. READ MORE

September 20, 2016

The deeply troubling federal report targeting religious freedom

Nearly 225 years after the ratification of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the cause of conscience protected by the principles of “no establishment” and “free exercise” may be losing support in the minds and hearts of the American people. READ MORE

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