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Executive Summary The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to promoting human flourishing and justice around the world with a focus on freedom of religion. The ERLC is the public policy entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, the... Continue...

In February, the Supreme Court declined to review the petition for writ of certiorari in Whole Woman’s Health v. The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Supreme Court’s denial of review means the Fifth Circuit’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Smith... Continue...

The first session of the 116th Congress is underway. The midterm elections in 2018 resulted in the Democratic Party taking control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010. The 116th Congress commenced in the middle of... Continue...

The history of Malaysia has long reflected a rich harmony of both religious and ethnic pluralism by upholding religious freedom as a fundamental human right. However, proposed legislation in Malaysia, known as the Hudud law, jeopardizes the religious liberties afforded... Continue...

In a report conducted by the Religious Freedom and Liberty Partnership (RFL), a non-governmental organization in Kuala Lumpur promoting religious liberty for all Malaysians, numerous concerns are raised about the erosion of this freedom in Malaysia. While religious freedom is... Continue...

In a report addressed to the 2018 Universal Periodic Review, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the St. Charles Institute (SCI) document concerns of human rights violations regarding religious freedom in Malaysia. These violations are derived from Malaysians being... Continue...

In Washington, we are in the second session of the 115th Congress. This is an election year, which means the window for legislative activity is shorter than usual and tensions will heighten when voting on difficult issues. While 2017 was... Continue...

In Washington, the new year brings a new Congress, a new Administration, a new balance of power, and carries with it new opportunities to pursue legislation that will serve Southern Baptists and the common good. We are excited to release today... Continue...

The tax-exempt status of religious institutions remains a topic of discussion in American public life, and from time to time, public debate regarding this issue flares up and becomes more intense. This appears to be one of those times, which is... Continue...

Executive Summary The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, consisting of approximately 50,000 churches in all 50 states. A key component of the Southern Baptist identity is a commitment to serve one’s neighbors by... Continue...