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Letter To A Trump Supporter #4: Barack Obama's Christian Faith

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

This is the fourth in my series of "Letters to a Trump Supporter," from correspondence with a family friend who supports Mr. Trump. Continuing our co...

Sixty Chinese Christians Apply for Political Asylum in Czech Republic

AsiaToday | Posted 08.08.2016 | World

By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - It has been revealed that nearly sixty Chinese Christians have recently applied for political asyl...

Friday Talking Points -- No Magic Phrases

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The tragic news from Orlando dominated the week's media, as once again someone with easy access to military-style weaponry takes dozens of lives. According to Donald Trump and John McCain, this is all Barack Obama's fault (of course). Personally, we think if you want to go back and point fingers, you'd have to include George W. Bush.

Cleaning Up Trump's Mess At Home In The Wake Of The Orlando Attack

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

Trump's contention is that our differences define us and should separate us. The American narrative is the opposite, though. Our differences have made our businesses, political system, and higher education system more dynamic, innovative and strong.

A Case of Religious Freedom? Hell, No!

Sandy Goodman | Posted 03.24.2016 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

How anyone can argue with a straight face that simply filing a few words of objection to gain exemption from employee contraception violates any group's freedom of religion beggars the imagination.

Education or Indoctrination?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 03.18.2016 | Religion
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Our founding fathers set out a difficult, practically impossible task: freedom of religion, majority rule, yet protection of minorities. We as a nation have been struggling for over 250 years to find the balance between these three conflicting ideals.

Debunking Misconceptions About Muslim Women, One Person at a Time

Melody Moezzi | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

I have always found that the most effective way to counter bigotry is via face-to-face human interaction. But when you're up against all caps and seven exclamation points, not to mention a mountain of artillery, lawsuits can become necessary.

History's Ugly Face: I've Heard This Tune Before...

Andrea Vera | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Andrea Vera

Scrolling through my newsfeed leaves me sad and disappointed at people I otherwise thought were "good" people. I never liked the saying that 'history repeats itself' but I am constantly reminded that it's true.

The Christian Right Should Be The Strongest Supporters Of Church And State Separation

John W. Traphagan | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
John W. Traphagan

Members of the Christian right should be among the strongest supporters of the Establishment Clause, because it allows them to believe what they want, even if what they want is anathema to freedom of religion.

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.

What Accidentally Discovering I Was Adopted Taught Me About Religious Freedom

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.25.2016 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

In the summer of 1998, only a month after I turned 20, I accidentally discovered that I was adopted. The experience threw me into an identity crisis. It also had the curious effect of teaching me about religious freedom.

A Life in America Without Religious Freedom

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.24.2016 | Religion
DaShanne Stokes

They say that America is the land of the free. It's a principle upon which our nation was built, enshrined in the First Amendment and the national anthem taught in schools. But as I hiked into the woods to find a place to hide my sacred eagle feathers out of fear of being arrested, I wondered how free we really are.

There's a Woman in the United States Whose Religious Freedom Is Under Attack, But Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz are Silent

Brian Joyce | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Brian Joyce

It would be nice to see some real defenders of religious freedom on the Christian right. It would be nice to see the Christian right acknowledge, once and for all, that religious liberty applies to all Americans, not just Christian conservatives in the heartland like Kim Davis.

That's Me in the Corner, Losing My Religion

Domenick Scudera | Posted 09.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Governor John Kasich (R - OH) worries that the Kentucky spectacle of Christian extremism will turn people away from religion. He is right to worry. I am disgusted by the un-American, hypocritical, mean-spirited rallies and shows of support for Kim Davis.

Jeb Bush Lacks Key Presidential Quality

Cody Cain | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

One of the most critical qualities of any president is judgment. Therefore, every candidate seeking this high office must clearly possess sound judgment. This includes the ability to perceive facts correctly and assess situations accurately. This quality is absolutely essential.

Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.30.2015 | 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.