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Religious Leaders in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley Offer Support for Muslims

Lloyd Steffen | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Lloyd Steffen

The statement of support for Muslims was not directed at any individual or group but at attitudes that are contrary to ideals widely shared in America about religious people from different traditions respecting one another and living together in peace.

Conscientious Objection and Religious Freedom

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

Ms. Davis has every right to her religious principles. As an elected official, she has every right to hold her office. However, gay couples also now have the right to obtain marriage licenses in Rowan County. As a result, Ms. Davis has several choices.

After Kim Davis, A New Way Forward for Religious Freedom?

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

No matter what your particular religious or political views, I suspect everyone who watched the spectacle surrounding Ms. Davis' release from jail last week experienced some kind of strong emotion, whether it was empathy or outrage.

Kim Davis And The Freedom of Religion

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Kim Davis situation raises interesting questions about the meaning and practical effect of the freedom of religion. Although, for reasons that I will explain, the issue today is one of public policy, rather than constitutional law, the evolution of constitutional principles in this realm is illuminating.

Why the Supreme Court Will Not Decide the Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Having dodged the issue several times before on procedural grounds, many scholars think the prospect of the high court approving of same sex marriage is very likely. They are mistaken. It is far more likely that the Court will decide after argument that review or certiorari.

Jonathan Cohn

Why Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Is Such A Big Deal | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

If you’ve been following the controversy over Indiana’s new religious freedom law, you might be confused about what it really says and what it wil...

When Rights Collide

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When the rights of groups conflict, it makes little sense that the historically privileged should be deemed the aggrieved party. But courtrooms and legislatures are not our only ground. We must reach in honesty and clarity across the social divide.

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanist military chaplain.

Confessions of a Former Muslim Students Association Board Member

Atif Choudhury | Posted 05.25.2014 | College
Atif Choudhury

Categorically bugging all mosques and "infiltrating" MSAs might be the quick and easy option for our government to show us that it is "doing something" to combat terror, but is it really the most optimal method for serious law enforcement?

Laura Bassett

Hobby Lobby Win At Supreme Court Could Lead To More Anti-Gay Laws | Laura Bassett | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

Arizona's attempt to let businesses refuse to serve LGBT people on religious grounds sparked significantly more bipartisan outrage than Republicans' s...

Rick Santorum, You're No Jack Kennedy

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

JFK knew the First Amendment. He understood and articulated the importance of balancing both clauses in it. Santorum really doesn't understand.

Beyond Thanksgiving: A Yearning To Breath Free

Satpal Singh | Posted 01.24.2012 | Religion
Satpal Singh

On this Thanksgiving Day, why would I feel thankful for the martyrdom of a spiritual lighthouse -- a Guru? His sacrifice underlines one of the most fundamental principles of human existence: ensuring the right of everyone to breathe free.

Diversity, Faith And The Supreme Court

Mark Osler | Posted 10.28.2011 | Religion
Mark Osler

Currently, there are six Catholics and three Jews on that bench, leaving no one who shares a faith background with the 51 percent of Americans who are Protestant.

Churches Use 'Free Exercise' Defense To Block Abuse Cases

Posted 08.09.2011 | Religion

By Cecile S. Holmes Religion News Service (RNS) Jeremiah Scott was 11 when the abuse and molestation began in 1990 at the hands of an elder in his...

The Spirit Speaks to a Texas Minister About Building Mosques in America

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

My friend Islam invited me, a rabbi, and a comparative religion professor to his Muslim community center for a strategy session around the national mosque controversies.

America, Home of the Free -- Except for Muslims?

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Religious faith is too important to become a political punching bag. One does not have to like or even respect Islam to believe its practitioners have the right to build a worship center wherever they wish.

Arizona's New 'Free Exercise Of Religion' Bill Limits Zoning Rules On Placement Of Religious Facilities

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the debate rages over a New York City Islamic cultural center and mosque being constructed two blocks from Ground Zero, Arizona -- a state recently...