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Freedom of Religion

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 ...

Corporations Are Not Persons -- Never Were and Never Can Be

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Here's a newsflash for the Roberts Court: Corporations are not persons. Like a legal Frankenstein unleashed, the conferral of personal rights upon the artificial person of a corporation undermines the rights themselves.

Katy Perry's Blasphemous Act of Free Speech

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

The ongoing debate between of what constitutes an artistic expression of free speech versus religious protection had recently been witnessed not in the public eye, but instead under the radar on social media. And the stirred-up controversy had been with none other than America's beloved pop music star Katy Perry.

Your "Right" Not to Serve Them? An Arizona Veto

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Your religious "right" to refuse service to gays and lesbians? Actually, no. ...

CPAC Bans Atheist Group It Approved Hours Earlier

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

An atheist advocacy group was pulled from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) only hours after announcing its participation in the eve...

Jesus Discriminates, This I Know, For the Bible Tells Me So

Stefanie Williams | Posted 04.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Stefanie Williams

Legally mandating the allowance of any kind of discrimination based on something as fluid and open-ended as a personal religious belief is not only wrong on every level, it opens the door to all sorts of discrimination in the name of Jesus.

Hunter Stuart

High School Football Coach In Hot Water For Praying With Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

One North Carolina town has become the latest battleground over First Amendment rights after a local school football coach was ordered to stop partici...

The Sum of Us All

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

We need to remember this, our country was founded by a bunch of rabble-rousing activists who believed that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were worth dying for. Don't you think it is at least worth a few hours a month of your time?

Arrogance or Love? The Biblical Story of Joseph

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Two years ago, my life-partner, co-author, and often co-teacher Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I wrote and Jewish Lights published a reinterpretation of the...

Supreme Court Considers Compulsory Prayer

Sally Steenland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Sally Steenland

The Supreme Court is hearing a case today about whether the act of opening government meetings with official prayer is constitutional -- or if doing so steps on the First Amendment and unlawfully puts the government in the business of promoting religion.

Why Public Prayer Is About More Than Culture Wars

Russell D. Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Russell D. Moore

President Obama and religious conservatives are rarely on the same side of the culture wars. But a case now headed to the Supreme Court has forced a sliver of consensus between the White House and right-leaning people of faith on -- of all things -- praying in public.

Malaysia Says Only Muslims Can Use This Word

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A court in Muslim-majority Malaysia ruled Monday (Oct. 14) that only Muslims are permitted to use the Arabic word “Allah” to describe God, o...

Quebec's Charter of No Values Jeopardizes Only the Christian Cross

T. Sher Singh | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

In it's desperate clawing for political power, Quebec's separatist party -- the Parti Quebecois -- has turned to toying with its citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms with the hope that it will polarize the electorate ... in the party's favour.

WATCH: American Soldier's Jaw-Dropping Response To Islamophobe

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion

"What Would You Do?" by ABC is a hidden camera series where people are put into ethical dilemmas, given the choice between passively accepting injusti...

WATCH: Fox News Host Is 'Tired Of Atheists'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion

Freedom of belief doesn't appear to be important to Fox News host Dana Perino, who suggested that if atheists don't like having "under God" in the Ple...

Egyptian Muslims Forget Muhammad's Letter to Christian Monks at Mt. Sinai

Craig Considine | Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

The attacks by some Egyptian Muslims on their fellow Egyptian Christian citizens is deplorable for the simple fact that the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, would have condemned any violence towards Christians and people of non-Muslim faiths.

The Military Chaplaincy Needs to Become More Diverse

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

"Jason Heap's bid to become the nation's first humanist military chaplain brings all of these questions to the fore. How ought we to understand our military chaplaincies, in light of changes to our nation's religious make-up?"

A Duck Is a Duck; and a Muslim Prayer Is a Muslim Prayer

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The most important legal battle in the country was for the past few years quietly being waged here in Greece, N.Y., a small enclave near Rochester.

Oak Creek: Examining Terrorism Within Our Nation

Mandeep Singh | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Mandeep Singh

Oak Creek was an American tragedy that deeply affects us all. Though the challenges marginalized communities face can be sorrowful, I truly have faith in our nation to collectively take a stance and put an end to these detrimental mentalities.

iAtheist: Being Godless in America

Walker Bragman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

I was deeply disturbed by the news that the House had passed a measure to bar the Defense Department from appointing atheist military chaplains, but I...

Catch and Release: Tunisia's Hypocritical Justice System

Amira Yahyaoui | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Amira Yahyaoui

Apolitical, peaceful, spontaneous: since January 2011, the Tunisian revolution has been called many things. Yet it was first and foremost a revolution...

The Truth About Religious Freedom in the Military

Rev. Barry Lynn | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Barry Lynn

Those who choose military service should enjoy the freedom to practice their faith openly and without significant interference from their superiors. However, no one faith should be given greater prominence than any other.

Lawmakers Freak Out About Religious Freedom In Military

Religion News Service | Corrie Mitchell | Posted 07.11.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Republican lawmakers and conservative activists concerned that religious expression in the military is "under attack" are rallying be...

Religious Oppression Rises Despite Arab Spring

Posted 06.21.2013 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) People who hoped the Arab Spring would lead to greater religious freedom across the Middle...

WATCH: Has Rick Perry Read The Constitution?

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

During the signing of Texas' "Merry Christmas Bill" on Thursday, Gov. Rick Perry (R) made a rather shocking claim. "Religious freedom does not mea...