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District of Columbia | July 8, 2021

IRS Reverses Decision, Grants Tax-Exempt Status to Christian Nonprofit

District of Columbia | July 8, 2021

The Internal Revenue Services has reversed an earlier decision and has decided to grant a Christian group tax exempt status, according to the Washington Examiner.

The action came after numerous Republican members of Congress rebuked the IRS for overt political bias last month after it had first denied tax-exempt status to Christians Engaged, a Texas-based nonprofit.

“The IRS has granted tax exempt status to Christians Engaged, a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers Christians to pray for our nation and elected officials, vote, and be civically engaged,” the conservative legal group First Liberty Institute announced in a statement. The reversal comes after a national backlash against the IRS’s initial rejection of Christians Engaged’s nonprofit status because, the IRS claimed, “[B]ible teachings are typically affiliated with the [Republican] party and candidates.”..

(Excerpts from Newsmax)

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District of Columbia | June 4, 2021

‘You don’t negotiate with evil’: Former ambassador hopes Vatican reconsiders deal with China

District of Columbia | June 4, 2021

The former U.S. religious freedom ambassador hopes that a new report documenting abuses by the Chinese Communist Party will prompt the Vatican to rethink its agreement with China on the ordination of bishops.

“We really pressed the Vatican not to enter in to extending their agreement with the Chinese government on the appointment of bishops, and I hope they would look at this report and say ‘this is not a regime we should be negotiating with’,” Sam Brownback, who served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom from 2018 to 2021, told CNA on Wednesday.

Brownback spoke with CNA on the release of the U.S. State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom. The former religious freedom ambassador said he hoped the section on China’s persecution of religion would reach the attention of the Vatican…

(Excerpts from CNA News)

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District of Columbia, International | May 16, 2021

Pope Francis Meets With John Kerry, Marking Change in Post-Trump Vatican-Us Relations

District of Columbia, International | May 16, 2021

VATICAN—Pope Francis met with John Kerry, climate envoy for the Biden Administration, on May 14 after a closed-door conference on “Dreaming of a Better Restart” for the global economy.

Kerry is one of the first U.S. officials to meet with Pope Francis since the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first among members of the Biden Administration.

Pope Francis had reportedly refused to meet with then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, after Pompeo issued a scathing critique of the Vatican’s China policies prior to his attending a conference on religious freedom sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in November 2020…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | May 3, 2021

‘God Isn’t Done with America Yet,’ Mike Pence Says in Speech about Nation’s Future

District of Columbia | May 3, 2021

Former Vice President Mike Pence said last week he remains hopeful in the future of America and believes Republicans will re-capture the White House and Congress in the next four years. Speaking Thursday at a Columbia, S.C., event sponsored by the Palmetto Family Council, Pence criticized the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration while touting the accomplishments of the Trump-Pence White House and promoting a future conservative agenda. He encouraged people of faith to deepen their trust in God…

(Excerpt from Christian Headlines)

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District of Columbia | May 3, 2021

U.S. Catholic Bishops to Consider Barring Joe Biden, Pro-Choice Politicians from Receiving Communion

District of Columbia | May 3, 2021

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is set to deliberate over whether President Joe Biden and other pro-choice politicians should be permitted Communion due to their support for abortion. According to The Christian Post, in June, the USCCB will hold a general assembly during which they will think about approving a draft document that would keep pro-abortion Catholic politicians from partaking in Communion.

Biden, the second Roman Catholic president in U.S. history after John F. Kennedy, has sought to push abortion policies during his presidency…

(Excerpts from Christian Headlines)

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District of Columbia | April 22, 2021

Ken Starr says new challenges are undermining America’s first freedom

District of Columbia | April 22, 2021

Prominent legal scholar Ken Starr, best known for serving as the independent counsel who investigated former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, has written a book warning that society’s growing hostility to religion and the coronavirus pandemic have created new challenges to America’s first freedom.

Starr’s latest book, Religious Liberty in Crisis: Exercising Your Faith in an Age of Uncertainty, was released last week. It examines the history of religious liberty case law in the United States and looks ahead to the possible future threats to the First Amendment.

In an interview with The Christian Post, the 74-year-old said he was motivated to write the book in light of the pandemic restrictions on religious worship, which he discusses at the beginning of the book..

(Excerpts from The Christian Post)

 

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