• Europe must be built on responsible freedom, EU religious freedom envoy says

    Europe must be built on responsible freedom, EU religious freedom envoy says

    • Nov 17, 2017

    EU Special Envoy Jan Figel says Pope Francis is an important figure for the protection of religious liberty in Europe. He said that the pope “clearly understands the importance of freedom of religion for Europe, but for global development as well.” Figel praised the pope’s recognition of “dignity, justice, solidarity and dialogue” as pillars of European identity.

  • FEMA rethinking ban on disaster aid to church buildings

    FEMA rethinking ban on disaster aid to church buildings

    • Nov 7, 2017

    FEMA grants are available to religiously affiliated schools, health care providers and nursing homes. And FEMA also can provide money to repair church-run facilities that function like community centers, but only if less than half the space or use is for religious purposes. Now the federal disaster agency is rethinking its policy after religious organizations sued, saying they are being discriminated against based solely on their faith.

  • Court asked to reconsider ruling on Peace Cross war memorial

    Court asked to reconsider ruling on Peace Cross war memorial

    • Nov 3, 2017

    A federal appeals court has been asked to reconsider a decision which ruled a nearly 100-year-old World War I memorial is unconstitutional because it is in the shape of a cross. The American Humanist Association, an atheist group that advocates for a strict interpretation of the separation of church and state, challenged the constitutionality of the monument, saying it endorses Christianity while ignoring non-Christian veterans.