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Religious Freedom

The Way Forward On Religious Freedom And LGBT Civil Rights

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice is informing our personal lives,...

Arthur Delaney

A Texas Woman Might Use The 'Religious Freedom' Law In The Most Amazing Way Possible | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

Joan Cheever said police infringed her religious freedom when they fined her $2,000 for feeding the homeless in San Antonio. As she'd done every T...

PHOTOS: Haunted By War, Iraq's Yazidis Mark A New Year At Sacred Shrine

AP | BRAM JANSSEN and SEIVAN M. SELIM | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion

LALISH, Iraq (AP) — Only miles from the front lines of the war against the Islamic State group, thousands of Iraq's besieged Yazidis lit candles at ...

Animal House: The Right-Wing Anti-LGBT Counteroffensive

Dana Beyer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby last summer, recognizing for the first time a (closely held) for-profit corporation's claim of religious belief, has only fueled the flames of possibility for religious conservatives. That was the beginning, setting the table for the resistance.

Lessons from Thomas Jefferson for Bobby Jindal: Don't Use Religion to Support State-Sponsored Discrimination

Daniel O'Donnell | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel O'Donnell

Jefferson recognized that in a country as diverse as ours, allowing the religious beliefs of some to dictate the fundamental rights of others would be destructive to our nation's foundations of liberty and equality.

Christianity a la Carte

Stampp Corbin | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion
Stampp Corbin

Either you are a prix fixe Christian, taking everything on the bible menu, or you are a Christian who believes that passages cannot be taken literally, and often are not what they seem.

When Core Values Clash -- Start with Civility

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Joyce S. Dubensky

Collectively, we have an obligation to avoid the over-simplification and heated division, by addressing our differences with civility in all their complexity. Perhaps then, we will be better able to move forward on an issue that means so much to so many.

Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act Is Contemptuous: The Never-ending Battle Against the Dark and Reactionary Forces

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

In the end, the Indiana law is just the latest skirmish in the long and seemingly never-ending battle against the dark and repressive forces that we have fought throughout all of human history. If there is any good news, we will prevail as we have before.

New Poll Reveals Surprise Split Between Americans And Politicians Over LGBT Rights

Reuters | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices

(Repeats with no changes) By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) - A majority of Americans believe businesses s...

A Tale of Two Cakes: The Real Truth About Colorado's Cake Wars

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 04.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Those who would use the cake cases to promote legislation allowing businesses to discriminate in the name of religion should be careful what they ask for.

Kick Open the Doorway to Liberty: What Are We Waiting For?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I'm having a hard time reconciling the America I know and love with the America being depicted in the daily news headlines, where corruption, cronyism and abuse have taken precedence over the rights of the citizenry and the rule of law.

Cake Wars the Sequel

James Peron | Posted 04.07.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Discrimination laws protect Christians far more than gays in this country. They restrict a business owner from refusing to serve certain protected classes. At the same time the 1st Amendment protects free speech, and free speech includes the right not to speak.

Samantha Lachman

Both Sides Of Reproductive Rights Debate Concerned About Revised Religious Freedom Laws | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reproductive rights advocates and opponents are both sounding a cautionary note about how religious freedom laws likes the ones signed b...

Indiana LGBTQ Business Leaders React to RFRA and #BoycottIndiana

Alex Berg | Posted 04.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Alex Berg

According to Trevor Yager, President and CEO of TrendyMinds: "Indiana still does not provide statewide civil rights protections that include sexual orientation or gender identity. So for me, this feels like a small peace offering that is being used to quiet everyone. "

Only One Potential 2016 Candidate Will Protect True Religious Freedom

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Rather than passing redundant religious freedom laws, we ought to be passing anti-discrimination laws because the most beautiful example of Christian witness is to show kindness, love and acceptance to each individual in our midst -- to our friends and neighbors, to strangers, and even to our enemies.

Cake Wars Getting Stickier

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With all the political frenzy about both religious freedom and discrimination, the pundits always seem to come back to the same classic case: a baker contemplating whether to bake a cake for a gay wedding.

Can Religious Freedom Be Used to Discriminate?

Stephen Seufert | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

Individuals and groups discriminating based off perceived threats to their religious freedoms due to the lifestyle and beliefs of others signal a return to a period in human history where prejudice, hatred and violence reigned supreme.

150 Years Ago, the Confederate Constitution Used Mike Pence's View of 'Religious Freedom' to Justify Slavery

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Until God comes down and tells the world that florists and pizza parlors shouldn't serve the LGBT community, it's best to keep bizarre religious interpretations away from refusing service to other American citizens. Religious freedom shouldn't be a way to discriminate or justify hatred and intolerance.

What Indiana Could Learn From Hawaiʻi

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

In Hawai'i, the right of LGBT people to live free of discrimination is viewed not as an attack on faith but as an intrinsic part of the spiritual belief in aloha -- love, honor and respect for all.

We Have a Religious Right to Be a Bigot

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Herb Silverman

A pharmacist should be required to dispense prescriptions regardless of religious beliefs, just as a supermarket cashier must check out meat products even though eating animal flesh goes against his or her vegan beliefs.

Our Corporate Saviors

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Despite the presence of the occasional corporation using its influence for the social good, for the most part, the record of corporate America as a whole is a disgrace. Look at any legislative effort to improve the environment, or wages and working conditions, or to secure rights, and you find organized corporate power on the other side. If America has become the sort of society where regular people are insecure and the Tea Party rebellion is one of the reactions, the corporate domination of our democracy is one of the major causes. So the corporate big shots get to win both ways. They dominate the process of rule-setting that leads to a very frustrated 99 percent -- and once in a while a few of them get to play the role of enlightened, endearing moderate.

Amanda Terkel

Bobby Jindal Uncomfortable With Laws Banning LGBT Discrimination | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) defended the rights of private businesses to deny some services to same-sex couples and expressed discom...

Jason Linkins

So That Happened: How Arkansas' Governor Threw Indiana's Governor Under The Bus | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics

So That Happened. This week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) one-upped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) over the handling of controversial religious freed...

Christ Was Seen in Indiana This Week

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

They thought Jesus was seen in the pizza parlor in Indiana this week; martyred for religious freedom, as a store was "forced" to close after speaking words of hate in the guise of freedom.

Religion and RFRA -- Fix it? Nix it?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

The Indiana firestorm over a bill designed to pass off discrimination as religious liberty may serve as an unintended stepping stone to equal protection under the law for all Americans -- including LGBTQ Americans -- but this will not happen if we let down our guard.