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Catholic Institutions Say WHAT?

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 07.24.2012 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

I thought it ridiculous that Catholic dioceses, schools and organizations sued Obama over the mandate requiring most employers to include free birth control as part of their health insurance coverage.

This Will Be The Largest Cross In The World

Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion

The "God-given vision" started out simply enough: build a 7-foot-tall cross on a mountain and invite people to meditate there with the Creator. Now, 2...

New York Kosher Law Is Kosher, Court Rules

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion

By Basil Katz NEW YORK, May 11 (Reuters) - New York's kosher-labelling rules interfere with freedom of religion about as much as St. ...

Getting It Right: "Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians"

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.15.2012 | World
John L. Esposito

Michael Oren's March 12 Wall Street Journal article, "Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians" exploits a real issue, the fears and plight of Christians in some Muslim countries.

Catholic Cardinal Calls For 'Freedom Of Religion Battle'

AP | Posted 03.04.2012 | Religion

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. -- Cardinal Timothy Dolan called on Roman Catholic worshippers Saturday to become more involved in politics as the church stands agai...

Santorum: President Obama And Hillary Clinton Are Against Religious Freedom

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics

LIVONIA, Mich. -- Rick Santorum continued to talk about the separation of church and state one day before Michigan voters go to the polls on Tuesday, ...

Muslim Students Have A Right To Privacy: An Interfaith Reflection

Erica Shaps | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Erica Shaps

When I was on a Brandeis University Hillel first year retreat, it never crossed my mind that the police might be watching me. However, after last week, this worry is entirely legitimate, especially for my Muslim peers across the Northeast.

VIDEO: Obama's 'War on Religion' Controversy

Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion

Has Obama waged a war on religion? Republican presidential hopefuls from Rick Santorum to Newt Gingrich to Mitt Romney have declared that Obama is...

Honoring Religious Objections And Access To Contraceptive Coverage

Melissa Rogers | Posted 04.18.2012 | Religion
Melissa Rogers

It is right to honor the religious objections of faith-based employers, but it is also right to ask why we retain a system where the health coverage employees receive may be limited by those objections.

Can the Not Crazy Christians Please Speak Up?!

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Please, my moderate, loving Christian brothers and sisters, will you take the stand to assert that true Christianity embraces ALL members and supports equality for everyone, including non-Christians, homosexuals in their quest for marriage, and women for reproductive freedom?

Contraceptives And The Freedom Of Conscience: Framing The Catholic Debate In Other Terms

Christopher Cocca | Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

It seems natural that a Catholic might appeal to freedom of religion when protesting a federal mandate about contraceptives or abortions.

HHS "ABC" Rule: Anybody But Catholics Has Religion Freedom

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

This egregious violation of religious freedom marks the first time in our history that the federal government is forcing religious people and groups to ante up for services that violate their consciences.

Hayley Miller

Nativity Project Makes Its Point Before Supreme Court | Hayley Miller | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Christmas came early to the Supreme Court Wednesday when roughly 20 members of the Nativity Project, a nationwide campaign to "celebrate...

A Christian Gives Thanks That America Is Not A Christian Nation

Parker J. Palmer | Posted 01.24.2012 | Religion
Parker J. Palmer

As a Christian who does his best to take reason as seriously as I take faith, I find it impossible to understand America as a "Christian nation" -- and I believe that there are vibrant possibilities in the fact that it is not.

Gilad Shalit, Iran Hiker Josh Fattal And Freedom Of Religion

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I was thinking about the reaction to Josh Fattal's safe return home to the U.S. as I read a report about an Israeli Knesset member's outrage that Gilad Shalit traveled to a beach on his first Shabbat of freedom.

Talk Is Cheap When It Comes To Religious Freedom

David Briggs | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

When it comes to guaranteeing freedom of religion, it matters much less what nations say in their constitutions than what they are prepared to do to enforce those laws.

Patriotism vs. Nationalism in a Post 9/11 World

Grant Lyon | Posted 11.08.2011 | Comedy
Grant Lyon

If you believe in freedom of religion but don't understand the irony behind your anger at a mosque being built near ground zero, then you are the number one culprit of dumb nationalism in 2011.

The Midnight Adoption Of Europe's Most Restrictive Religion Law

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 07.21.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

The Hungarian parliament procured for the country the title of Worst Religion Law in Europe when it rushed after midnight to adopt the "Law on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion."

An Open Letter To Herman Cain

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 09.19.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Please, for the sake of our democracy and for the integrity of religion, I urge you to temper your rhetoric and to cease your attacks on Islam.

WATCH: Religion Compels This 'Pastafarian' To Wear A Colander On Head

Posted 09.12.2011 | Weird News

Religion compels this man to wear a spaghetti strainer on his head. Niko Alm, a self-described "pastafarian," has been given the right to wear a co...

The Religious Right's Shadow Nation

Wayne Besen | Posted 09.09.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

Lately, it seems Christian fundamentalists have campaigned to pervert the notion of "religious freedom" to mean they have the absolute right to control lives and dictate how other people live.

Top S.F. Attorney Questions Proposed Circumcision Ban

Posted 09.04.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service (RNS) In a potential blow to the proposed San Francisco circumcision ban, the city's top lawyer has conclud...

An Analysis Of The Delta-Saudi Controversy

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

While the title of my post was misleading and inaccurate, I still believe that Delta is making a mistake by becoming a partner with an airline run by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Should The United States Promote Religious Freedom?

Thomas David DuBois | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion
Thomas David DuBois

Even with the best intentions, a ham-handed promotion of religious freedom runs the risk of being seen as naively hypocritical at best, and a cover for ulterior motives at worst.

One Reason Americans Think Muslims Want to Stone Them

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.13.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Retired Gen. Boykin believes Islam shouldn't be given First Amendment protections. I listen to a lot of talk radio, and ideas like his ooze out all the time. So I interviewed an expert on Islam to offer a countervailing view.