Religious Freedom

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Thriving Values Free Speech Rights Videos

Focus on the Family Issue Analysts

To understand your free-speech rights ― whether at work, school or in the marketplace — watch our two-minute videos.

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Religious Freedom After The Obergefell Decision

Changes are underway in the social, political and legal landscapes ― all as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on June 26, 2015, to redefine marriage for all 50 states.

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How Does Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Impact Our Schools?

Jim Daly

Focus on the Family president Jim Daly shares a Q&A with Focus on the Family's Education Analyst, Candi Cushman, where she’ll help explain how the legalization of same-sex marriage will affect the way we educate our children.

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Americans Are More Divided Over Same-Sex Marriage; Want Religious Liberty Protections

Focus on the Family Issue Analysts

Americans join conservative justices in rejecting U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.

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Religious Persecution in the Workplace

Christians are facing real challenges when walking out their faith in the workplace. What protections are in place for employees who want to maintain their deeply held religious beliefs?

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They Dare to Obey

Focus on the Family

Two hundred million Christians in more than 50 countries suffer persecution. They suffer in different ways, but one thing remains the same: They continue to worship Jesus.

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How LGBT Public Accommodations Affect Religious Freedoms

What's the impact of LGBT nondiscrimination laws on religious freedoms and public accommodations?

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The Separation of Church and State

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution begins with "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion," a phrase commonly called the Establishment Clause.

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Judicial Philosophy

In recent years, activist courts have increasingly appealed to laws, documents and court decisions from foreign countries in order to justify judicial results not supportable under our own Constitution and laws.

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Religious Freedom in Danger

The United States was founded on the principle that God, not government, is the source of our fundamental rights.

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George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

We all learned in elementary school that the American holiday known as "Thanksgiving" has its roots in the Pilgrims' survival of their first winter in the New World and successful harvest in 1621.

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Houston's Religious Freedom Problem

The city council, led by a lesbian-identified mayor, Annise Parker, passed a controversial ordinance that went into effect in June , which included special protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Cultural Issues in the Courts: August 2018 Update

Bruce Hausknecht

Free speech and religious freedom for bakers, graphic design artists, pregnancy care centers and school boards, plus student bodily privacy, are all subjects of this issue of the Executive Briefing Judicial Update.

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Cultural Issues in the Courts: June 2018 Update

Bruce Hausknecht

Employers' dress codes, polygamy, religious freedom in the military, and government programs denied to churches are all subjects of this issue of the Executive Briefing Judicial Update.

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(NEW) Compelled Speech – Can Government Make You Say That?

Bruce Hausknecht

The First Amendment’s speech clause – “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech…” is usually thought of as prohibiting the government from censoring what you say, either before you say it (a/k/a “prior restraint”) or punishing you afterwards for what you’ve said.

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(NEW) Notable Quotes About Free Speech

“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.”



- Benjamin Franklin

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(NEW) Censorship – No, You Can’t Say That

Bruce Hausknecht

The Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment may prohibit the government from “abridging the freedom of speech,” but we’ve already learned in a previous article, “What is Free Speech?”, that there are certain exceptions where speech can be prohibited or restricted. Those include: libel/slander, obscenity, fighting words, etc, plus the government can impose reasonable “time, place and manner” restrictions on speech.

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Resource Page – Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act

Helpful resources for supporting the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017.

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