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Freedom of Religion

Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Al Sharpton

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life.

Obama Calls For Balancing Free Speech With Respect For Religion

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama emphasized Thursday the importance of balancing the right to free speech with respect for religion, chastising groups who have ...

Matt Sheehan

China's Communist Party Bans Believers | Matt Sheehan | Posted 02.03.2015 | World

Karl Marx long ago disparaged religion as “the opiate of the people,” and now the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wants to ban all addicts. The Comm...

Muslim Woman Sues Police For Forcing Her To Remove Hijab

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

A Muslim woman who was forced to remove her hijab by police in Michigan claims her religious rights were violated, and she’s hoping a civil rights l...

Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie!

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The pressure for "conformity of outrage" has its own dangers. We Americans are inclined toward the easy symbolism of yellow ribbons tied on trees or the facile patriotism of American flags on bumper stickers. Conformity of outrage, particularly under public or political pressure, is dangerous too.

Islamic Terror -- The Pope Speaks, But More Must Be Said

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Those who murdered over a cartoon in Paris have demonstrated no acceptance of the sacred uniqueness of each human life anywhere else and that is the sine qua non of a legitimate faith worthy of both national and international protection.

Friday Talking Points -- Getting Ready For Obama's Big Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country.

You Have the Right to Remain Obnoxious

Michael Winship | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

The right of free speech the NYPD are angry about when it comes to the demonstrators is precisely the same right of free speech they're using to harass de Blasio. And it's that same ideal of free speech, no matter how noxious it might seem, for which those police in Paris died last week.

Getting Real About Blasphemy and Free Speech

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

As much as I empathize with the average Muslims facing growing Islamophobia in the West, I must ask their leaders to get real and reject Blasphemy laws as un-Islamic. As much as I respect someone's right to free speech, I must question their judgment and expose their double standard.

Je Suis Charlie: In Defense of Free Speech

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

It is time for Muslim imams to lead their flocks in recognizing free speech and free exercise of religion as integral part of Islam. It is time for Western societies to stop asking Muslims what they feel every time radicals perpetrate yet another spectacular act of violence. Only then will "Je suis Charlie" find real meaning.

Boggling Billboards: Should Americans Condemn a Cultural Practice?

Raheel Raza | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Raheel Raza

Our country does not confuse freedom with permissiveness, emancipation with indifference. We must care about preserving the rights of our fellow Americans, and not be misled into tacitly supporting the subjugation of some.

Can Faith Be An Excuse For Refusing To Serve Same-Sex Couples?

New York Times | MICHAEL PAULSON | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Jack Phillips is a baker whose evangelical Protestant faith informs his business. There are no Halloween treats in his bakery — ...

Christian Ritual May Be Putting Worshipers At Risk For Ebola

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion

Nigerian Christians are fearful that practicing one of their religion’s most sacred rites might lead to death by Ebola. In response to the sprea...

How to Break Free from Organized Religion

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Thee purpose of all religion is to free you, and to bring order out of chaos. When a religion ceases to free you, you need freedom from religion.

Hobby Lobby: A Myriad of Consequences

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Joyce S. Dubensky

Today the Supreme Court issued its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The decision effectively permits the deeply held religious belief...

The Hobby Lobby Case Shows Why We Need a Single-payer Option

Howard Schweber | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

This is deeply troubling territory. Are we going to say that the government has the authority to tell religious individuals or groups that their beliefs about the significance of an action or subject are simply wrong?

The Conquest of Constantinople, Hagia Sofia and Turkey -- EU

Constantine Tzanos | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Constantine Tzanos

Why a people would celebrate today, and with such a passion, an event like the conquest of Constantinople which not only by itself was a great human catastrophe, but it was also the precursor to many such catastrophes up to the very recent past?

Religious Objections To Vaccines Are A Threat To Public Health

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion

Judge William F. Kuntz II has ruled to uphold a New York City policy that bars unvaccinated children from attending school when another student has a ...

Justice Scalia, Religion, and the Failure of Legal Reasoning

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

At its core, legal reasoning is about trying to find insight, or logic, or common sense by comparing different situations and then striving to identify the most important similarities and differences. Analogies open some doors and close others. They shape and direct the analysis.

Confusion Over Fate Of Sudanese Woman Who Faces Execution

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

As Sudanese authorities are facing growing international pressure to halt the execution of a woman sentenced to death for allegedly converting to Chri...

The Supreme Court Rules That Christianity Is Not Christian

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The Supreme Court ruling is another giant leap toward theocracy. We are descending to new lows, where non-Christians are openly scorned, made to stand up in public to be identified as outcasts.

Christian Supremacy Strikes Again

Wayne Besen | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Wayne Besen

The attention-seeking gaudiness of how some promote their God (and careers) speaks more to public relations than actual piety. Individuals who are truly at peace with their beliefs would be content to pray privately and without showy fanfare.

Watch: Fighting for the Four Freedoms

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In January 1941, FDR's State of the Union address made it clear that a fight was inevitable, a fight to preserve, protect and defend four essential freedoms: freedom from fear and want and freedom of speech and religion.

Why New Anti-Gay Legal Campaigns Will Fail: They Collide with True American Religious Freedom

Wayne Baker | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Wayne Baker

Using religious principles to deny services to a category of people -- such as gays and lesbians -- collides with the true nature of religious freedom in America. I'm referring here to the religious foundation of our economy.

Hobby Lobby Loses, But Can the Roberts Court Be Saved?

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

John Roberts has consistently placed the integrity of the Supreme Court over his conservative ideology. Exhibit A is how it is that the chief justice ...