Religious Freedom is for Non-Christians Too

February 28, 2017 ...

In this survey, evangelical leaders deviate from the general American population that places a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of some groups rather than others. “Evangelical leaders believe religious freedom is a basic human right for all people, and that protecting the religious freedom for people of other faiths is protecting their own …

Top Policy Issues of 2017

February 13, 2017 ...

While the open-ended question led to a variety of answers, 63 percent of evangelical leaders named religious freedom and 46 percent listed immigration/refugees when answering, “What will be the most important public policy issues for evangelicals to address in 2017?” “If the first weeks under the new administration are any indication, evangelical leaders accurately identified …

Most U.S. Evangelical Leaders Expect Persecution in Coming Years

November 28, 2016 ...

The October Evangelical Leaders Survey asked U.S. evangelical leaders about their experience with persecution and their projections for the future. While only 32 percent indicated that they have been persecuted for their Christian faith, 76 percent expect they will be persecuted in coming years. “American evangelical leaders recognize changes in the cultural wind and anticipate …

Update: California Drops Proposal Affecting Faith-based Colleges

August 10, 2016 ...

The earlier version of Senate Bill 1146 would have prevented colleges that receive state funds from enforcing policies on student conduct, housing and restroom/locker facilities, and other matters of practical campus life that are informed by the institution’s religious convictions. “This is good news for our evangelical colleges and for other religious schools in California,” …

California Bill Threatens Faith-based Colleges

August 9, 2016 ...

S.B. 1146 would eliminate the current religious exemption in California that gives its faith-based colleges and universities the opportunity to operate in ways that are consistent with their beliefs. Under the provisions of S.B. 1146, only seminaries or other schools that train clergy and ministers would qualify for a religious exemption. Any other faith-based school …

Letter to Congress on Conscience Protection Act

April 19, 2016 ...

Dear Representative: We represent millions of Americans and tens of thousands of health care professionals with a profound concern about abortion, and particularly about the conscience rights of health care professionals and facilities. Federal laws protecting conscientious objection to abortion have been approved for decades by Congresses and presidents of both parties. Even many “pro-choice” …

Books That Should Be Written

February 3, 2016 ...

“The proposed book topics speak to the challenges and opportunities evangelicals will face in coming years,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “Many are concerned with how we will continue to engage in a culture that some feel is increasingly hostile to biblical Christianity.” One leader provided the title, “Living …

NAE Calls for Revisions to Proposed Health Program Regulations

November 9, 2015 ...

The comments respond to proposed rules on non-discrimination in health programs and activities, pointing to a number of areas in which the proposed regulations go beyond OCR’s statutory authority and imposing requirements not approved by Congress. The comments address five main areas of concern, including: Language that may be interpreted — contrary to explicit statutory …

Comments on Faith-based Funding Regulations

October 2, 2015 ...

What began with “charitable choice” in 1996 is now coming into full realization with the near completion of regulations governing federal grant assistance to religious social service providers. The filed comments respond to proposed additions to regulations that have been in force since they were adopted in 2003-2004 as part of President Bush’s faith-based initiative. …

Religious Freedom for All!

September 22, 2015 ...

RFRA was passed in direct response to the 1990 Supreme Court decision in Employment Division v. Smith. At issue was whether the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause allowed Native Americans to use peyote if the state law disapproved of the psychoactive compound found in the peyote cactus. Native American tribes have used peyote in religious …