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Cost and conscience - why more Christians are ditching health insurance for this alternative

Catholic News Agency

January 24, 2016

Enrollment in health-sharing ministries is allowed under the Affordable Care Act, provided the ministries existed before the year 2000. Membership in the three largest health-sharing ministries - Samaritan Ministries International, Christian Care Ministry or "Medi-Share," and Christian Healthcare Ministries - has risen significantly since 2013, jumping from around 190,000 members nationwide to over 311,000 at the end of 2014, according to the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List. “We need to go back to what we were as an early Christian community,” said Louis Brown, the director of CMF CURO, a Catholic health-sharing ministry that has partnered with Samaritan Ministries.

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Obama's Hypocrisy on Religious Freedom

The Daily Signal commentary by Melody Wood

January 21, 2016

Obama is correct. All Americans should be able to be free to live out their religious principles. Yet some of the greatest threats to religious freedom in America in recent years have come from policies he supports. The Obamacare contraceptive mandate, for example, has resulted in government persecution of an order of religious sisters. The Little Sisters of the Poor seek to continue their mission of serving the elderly poor while operating in accordance with their religious beliefs without fear of incurring government penalties. With the Obamacare requirement in place, they face millions in government fines for doing so.

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Proposed Obama Rule on Transgender Persons Could Affect Homeless Shelters

The Daily Signal commentary by Melody Wood

January 20, 2016

A comment submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development by the Christian Medical Association, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, and similar organizations highlights the problems that the proposed regulation poses for religious liberty. It argues that some of the shelters that would be affected by this rule "may consider it impermissible on religious grounds, for example, to share sleeping and bathing areas with adults to whom they are neither married nor related and who are biologically of the opposite sex."

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Should You Get An Obamacare Conscience Tax Exemption?

The Federalist commentary by Casey Mattox

January 20, 2016

The Obama administration has been trying to force private organizations into paying for abortion and abortifacients while backing off from forcing individuals to do the same. This spring, the Obama administration will again ask the Supreme Court to allow it to force Catholic nuns, Christian universities, and other nonprofits to help deliver abortion-inducing drugs to their employees in violation of their religious beliefs. While the administration continues to defend that mandate, however, it has largely-but quietly-relented on another Obamacare requirement that forced citizens of some states pay a surcharge for others' elective abortions.

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LGBT Activists Target Christian Colleges over Title IX Exemptions

Christian Headlines

January 20, 2016

An LGBT activist group has singled out Christian colleges in a recent report, claiming they use religious liberty as a "guise for discrimination" against LGBT students. Since 2013, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), 56 colleges have applied for partial exemptions to Title IX of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, citing views on transgenderism and homosexuality. The group is calling on Congress and the Department of Education to broadcast information about these schools to prospective students.

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US Supreme Court agrees to tackle religious hostility by states

Alliance Defending Freedom

January 15, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up a case that addresses the question of whether states can exhibit hostility to religion by prohibiting churches and church-run organizations from participating in state programs solely because the groups are religious. ADF attorneys represent a church-run pre-school and daycare center which the state of Missouri excluded from a program that provides recycled tire products to surface children's playgrounds. "No state can define religious neutrality as treating religious organizations worse than everyone else," said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman.

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U.S. military health officer draws complaint for writing blog post promoting prayer

Christianity Today

January 14, 2016

"If you desire to improve your health in this new year, just give yourself a little something to work with. During my grandfather's story he said, 'A person can't pray for a new job and expect to get it when they haven't even filled out an application. You have to give God a little something to work with,'" he added. However, Col. Thomas Hundley's post was met not with approval but rejection by the activist group Military Religious Freedom Foundation headed by Mikey Weinstein, who filed a complaint about it with the Army Regional Health Command in Virginia, according to Military.com.

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World Watch List Highlights Worst Countries for Persecution of Christians

FRC blog by Travis Weber

January 14, 2016

Sadly, predictions about 2015 had come true-persecution of Christians increased on every continent in the last year. While much of the attention is on radical Islam-which is sure to blame-perennial offenders (like #1 North Korea) continue to make a deadly impact with their incredibly repressive state-sponsored persecution. The ten worst nations for persecution of Christians throughout 2015 were North Korea, Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Iran and Libya.

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FRC Washington Update

From the IRS, Clarity on Charity

January 7, 2016

Common sense isn't exactly a common theme at the IRS. But the year is off to a surprisingly good start at Americans' least favorite agency now that officials have put the kibosh on a ridiculous charitable donation idea. Early last month, we told you about a worrisome new proposal from the IRS that would give 501(c)(3) organizations (like FRC) "the option" of doing away with their written acknowledgements of donations over $250 and consider sending all of their donors' personal information to the agency instead. For several reasons -- not the least of which is the IRS's horrible track record of data leaks and political harassment -- nonprofits of all stripes strenuously objected, arguing that it wouldn't be long until this "optional system" became mandatory.

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Washington Pharmacists Fight for Religious Rights

CBN News

January 5, 2016

A group of pharmacists in Washington state is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect their religious rights. They're fighting a ruling that lets the state force them to dispense drugs that may cause abortions, even though that violates their conscience. The group, including a Ralph's Thriftway Pharmacy in Olympia and two other pharmacists, says requiring them to dispense the Plan B drug infringes on their religious beliefs and is equivalent to involving them in abortion.

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