Tax-Exempt Status Needs Protection for Diverse Faith-Based and Community-Based Civil Society Organizations

By Chelsea Langston Bombino

In mid-January 2024, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and colleagues introduced the Safeguarding Charity Act to advance the independence of America’s tax-exempt organizations. Senator Rubio stated: “Civic organizations like churches, schools, and charities are crucial to our communities. I remain concerned by recent court decisions that could subject these organizations to burdensome federal regulations simply because they are tax-exempt. My Safeguarding Charity Act would protect these organizations from the government’s politicized battles so they can continue their vital work in our communities.”  According to Greg Baylor, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel and Director of the ADF Center for Religious […]

A Prayer for the Blessing of Religious Freedom

By Stanley Carlson-Thies

Stanley Carlson-Thies, Founder and Senior Director of CPJ’s Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance (IRFA), was recently honored to participate in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Religious Freedom Prayer Breakfast by offering a prayer of thanksgiving and supplication for religious freedom. The Seventh-day Adventist Church, North America Division, is a valued ally of IRFA in the work to safeguard the religious freedom needed by faith-based organizations to make their best contributions to the common good. The Religious Freedom Prayer Breakfast, a multi-faith annual event, is organized by the Public Affairs & Religious Liberty section of the North America Division, headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. […]

Reimagining juvenile justice: the ground-breaking efforts of Crosswalk Ministries

By Emily Fromke

Nonpartisan Advocacy for the Vulnerable: An Interview with Dr. Abby Foreman

By Rafa Oliveira

Dr. Foreman discusses her experience in advocacy, especially for the hungry, and how CPJ materials are useful in the classroom.

Religious Freedom to Serve Children with Disabilities

By Chelsea Langston Bombino

The case Loffman v. California Department of Education centers on a beautiful idea: Orthodox Jewish families with children with disabilities want to send their children to Orthodox Jewish schools that welcome and accommodate their holistic spiritual, developmental, and academic needs. Unfortunately, in California, policymakers have denied access to federal and state education funds for faith-based educational institutions and families. In California, the law bars religious families from accessing special education funds for their disabled children and prevents religious schools from accommodating these students. In the Los Angeles region, a community of Jewish families recently urged the 9th. U.S. Circuit Court […]

Opportunity to Comment: Proposed Changes to OMB’s Uniform Guidance

By Stanley Carlson-Thies

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has proposed a sweeping overhaul of its “Uniform Guidance”—rules that apply across federal agencies that describe how grants and cooperative agreements should be administered and audited. The changes are meant to standardize, streamline, and clarify requirements; one goal is to make the federal funds more accessible to smaller organizations that are less experienced with federal grants. However, among the many detailed changes is new language that elevates LGBTQ protections while downgrading religious freedom protections. These proposed changes are not authorized by statute nor by court decisions and may complicate access to federal funds […]

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