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August 28, 2017

Charlottesville Statement from Ricardo Graham

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS … An op-ed by Elder Ricardo Graham, president, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Elder Graham can be reached through Ray Tetz (805) 358-3056 READ MORE

July 7, 2017

School Vouchers Get 2 New Report Cards

It is the education debate of the Trump era. With the president and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos using policy and the bully pulpit to champion private school vouchers, supporters and critics have tangled over the question: Do low-income, public school students perform better when they're given a voucher to attend a private school? READ MORE

June 28, 2017

Family Appeals Father’s Deportation, Says It Violates Their Religion

For the first time in U.S. history, attorneys for an illegal immigrant in Houston are appealing to federal religious freedom laws to annul his impending deportation. READ MORE

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

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