What a week it’s been! The State Department hosted the first ever “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” to highlight the religious persecution that happens around the world and the people who are fighting back. One specific example is an American pastor imprisoned in Turkey. For what reason? Find out below:
ADF in the News
Fox 5 DC: Laurel church sues city after being prohibited from holding worship services in its coffee shop
Ragamuffins Coffee House is home to great coffee and, for a brief time, Redemption Community Church's worship services. But shortly after the church purchased the coffee shop, the city of Laurel, MD, changed its zoning codes to restrict the church from holding worship services. ADF argues that's religious discrimination and is now taking action against the city.
The Wall Street Journal: The Pastor Caught in Turkey’s Chaos
An American pastor is being accused of supporting a terrorist group led by an exiled rival of Turkey's president. While officials are saying his imprisonment has nothing to do with his Christianity, court documents leaked to the press mention his preaching is “dividing and separating [Turkey], by means of Christianization.” Kristina Arriaga, the vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, gives an inside look at the situation.
Marriage and the Family
The Federalist: Democrats Prove Willing To Make Orphans Casualties In Their War Against Religion
Orphaned children need help now more than ever, but faith-based adoption agencies are facing burdensome roadblocks put up by LGBT advocates who oppose adoption agencies operated based on religious principles. The author of this article argues this does more harm than good to children who need a home.
Sanctity of Life
The Daily Wire: U.S. Saves Baby Oliver After U.K. Doctors Said His Heart Couldn’t Be Fixed
A U.K. couple found themselves dangerously close to being the next Charlie Gard story, but thankfully, Boston Children's Hospital offered to perform a needed procedure—a procedure for which it boasts a 100 percent success rate. As in previous cases, including with Charlie Gard, the U.K. National Health Service had refused to provide aid the family so desperately needed. Now, 10-month-old baby Oliver’s parents are rejoicing after a successful surgery.
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