Religious freedom

Report: Chinese Temple Replaces Buddha with Mao Zedong

China’s campaign to “Sinicize” religion – that is, either make religions completely subordinate to the Communist Party (CCP) or wipe them out altogether – includes a campaign to “exterminate Buddha.”

Chinese Paramilitary police officers salut each other as they stand guard below a portrait of the late leader Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 2014 in Beijing, China. Twenty-five years ago on June 4, 1989 Chinese troops cracked down on pro-democracy protesters and in the clashes that followed …

Chinese Officials Announce Demolition of Underground Parish Church

Communist party officials have notified a diocese in China’s southeastern Jiangxi province that they will soon demolish the underground church of the Annunciation because of the failure of its pastor to join the state-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association.

SHIJIAZHUANG, CHINA - APRIL 09: (CHINA OUT) A Chinese Catholic deacon holds a bible at the Palm Sunday Mass during the Easter Holy Week at an 'underground' or 'unofficial' church on April 9, 2017 near Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on …

Texas Officials Illuminate Crosses After Atheists’ Call for Removal

Elected officials in an East Texas community defiantly illuminated the crosses on their courthouse after an atheist organization told them to take them down. The move came after the county judge and commissioners voted unanimously to keep the four crosses on the county building.

San Jacinto County Courthouse with cross illuminated. (Photo: Dwayne Wright/San Jacinto County GOP)

Texas Town Rallies Against Atheist Call to Remove Courthouse Crosses

COLDSPRING, Texas — East Texas residents packed their community shelter Wednesday as county leaders addressed a call to remove four crosses from the San Jacinto County courthouse. The complaint came from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a complaint against San Jacinto County, Texas, over a cross displayed on the courthouse. (Photo: Lana Shadwick,/Breitbart News)

Chinese City Offers Cash Reward for Reporting ‘Illegal’ Christian Practices

The city of Guangzhou in southern China is offering a substantial cash reward, worth about $1,500 in U.S. dollars, to citizens who report “illegal religious activities” and help the authorities crack down on underground churches. Warm approval for the program by Chinese media suggests the practice will spread to other cities as the Communist Party works to “Sinicize” – in other words, subdue and control – all religions.

In this photo taken Monday, June 4, 2018, Chinese calligraphy which reads "All nations belong to the Lord arising to shine" at left and "Jesus's salvation spreads to the whole world" at right are displayed below a crucifix in a house church shut down by authorities near the city of …

Vatican Denounces Media Silence over Christian Persecution

ROME — The Vatican Secretary of State decried the “appalling number of innocent persons that suffer persecution because of their beliefs, including many Christians” on Wednesday, noting that these violations “often occur with impunity and at times receiving little, if any, attention in the media.”

Dede Laugsen of Save the Persecuted Christians (with flag) joined the protest in front of the White House on Wednesday to show support for Andrew Brunson, an American-born pastor who is jailed in Turkey for charges he aided terrorists. (Penny Starr/Breitbart News)

U.S. Bishops Denounce ‘Equality Act’ in Letter to Congress

Three leaders of the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB) have written a joint letter to the members of the House of Representatives in opposition to the Equality Act, which, they say, “would impose sweeping regulations to the detriment of society as a whole.”

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 22: L.G.B.T. activists from the National Center for Transgender Equality, partner organizations and their supporters hold a 'We Will Not Be Erased' rally in front of the White House October 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. Members of the L.G.B.T. community and their supporters across the country …