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Religious Freedom in America

Religious Freedom and Other Myths: The Trauma of Current Debate

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Helen Eisenbach

The virulence with which hateful proclamations -- on all matters of identity -- continue to be publicly aired has a lasting effect, on me, on you, on everyone I know.

What Does Religious Freedom Mean To You? Add Your Own Response

Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion

Religious freedom is one aspect of what we celebrate on Independence Day. Huff Post Religion put a call out to our community to ask what religious fre...

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.

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.

Anti-Sharia Law: A Solution In Search Of A Problem

Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Mach and Jamil Dakwar Religion News Service NEW YORK (RNS) A discriminatory and wholly unfounded idea is taking root in state legislatures ...

Feds Join Suit About S.C. Jail's Book Policy

Posted 06.13.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Bibles cannot be the only reading materials allowed in jail, the U.S. Department of Just...

Lift High The Cross? Religion In Public Spaces

John Witte Jr. | Posted 05.27.2011 | Religion
John Witte Jr.

The case echoes many familiar arguments that the U.S. Supreme Court has used over the past three decades to maintain displays of crèches, crosses and Decalogues on government property.

The Resolution For 'In God We Trust'

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

It's not enough that "In God We Trust" appears on our currency and is listed as our national motto. Now, some want the phrase chiseled in court, at work and in our kids' schools.

Democrat Announces Alternate Hearings On U.S. Muslims

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Barely two weeks after House Republicans held hearings on the threat posed by radicalize...

Will The Jefferson Bible Spark New Smithsonian Controversy?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The Smithsonian is about to get in hot water again. But partisans on either side of the debate would do well to consult the well worn book that Jefferson compiled by hand.

Muslim on the Hill

Nafees Syed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nafees Syed

I felt like I was in a fishbowl last Thursday. The halls were teeming with visitors for the King hearings. With my headscarf, I was obviously Muslim, and with my Blackberry, a staffer.

American Muslims Deserve Respect

Rev. Jennifer Butler | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jennifer Butler

We can't achieve the unity we need to effectively fight terrorism if we caricature all stakeholders as either tough guys who confront Islamic terrorists or cowards who coddle them.

The Destructive Nature Of The Muslim Radicalization Hearings

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

If they move forward, as Rep. King has repeatedly stated they will, these hearings will allow political grandstanding to become a precedent for fighting terrorism.

The Sikh Kirpan: Balancing Religious Freedom With Security

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia

The word kirpan comes from Persian and literally means "bringer of mercy." It represents the Sikh commitment to resist oppression and injustice, but only in a defensive posture.