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Religious Freedom

Where Does the Right to Religious Freedom End?

Ryan Stringer | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Ryan Stringer

Just like the right to free speech, the right to religious freedom allows some things but not others, and so it isn't always legitimate to invoke this right in defense of one's actions.

Why President Obama's Mosque Visit Matters Now More Than Ever

Zainab Chaudry | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Zainab Chaudry

This long-awaited trip penciled on the president's itinerary comes during a critical time for members of the Islamic faith. The visit will not be a magic bullet to cure every problem or resolve every grievance. But it will go a long way to restore faith in American ideals.

The Lairds Came To America!

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

249 years ago during a bitterly cold January and February, they were on two ships...Samuel Laird, 41, his wife, Margaret Gibson, 36, and their three s...

America's Exceptionalism for a Muslim Family

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

The current political dialogue and debate of the 2016 presidential election has propelled the issue of merit and demerit of Moslems entering and resid...

Are American Muslim Women Brave?

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 01.28.2016 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

Muslim women are celebrated as courageous when pushing back against legal, social and cultural norms within their faith communities. But, Rose Hamid's recent silent protest at a Trump rally begs the question: aren't Muslim women pushing back against Islamophobia "courageous," too?

Morocco Gives Me Hope That Muslim World Can Defeat Extremism

Susan Hayward | Posted 01.28.2016 | Religion
Susan Hayward

There is no doubt that the current moment is one of exceptional crisis for the world generally, and for the Muslim world in particular. But this moment of crisis is also one of opportunity.

Democrats And Republicans Unite To Support LGBT Rights In West Virginia

The Huffington Post | Mariam Baksh | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

West Virginia lawmakers from both sides of the aisle vocalized their support for the state's LGBT community in video released Monday, a little more ...

Building Tolerance on American Campuses

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 01.25.2016 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

When President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, challenged the nation to "reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion," he offered a social commentary that has timely relevance in higher education.

The Bible Unlocked: What Does it Really Mean to Repent?

Kristina Kaine | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Kristina Kaine

The Baptism of Christ by Francesco Francia 1509 "Repent," "turn," "stop sinning," "ask God for forgiveness," is the clarion call from pulpits all ov...

Keep Religious Views Out of Politics! (Unless I Agree With Them!)

Pete Williamson | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Pete Williamson

I think our society more truly revealed itself when the Pope came to visit last year. We simultaneously had both liberals and conservatives rushing to claim the Pope as one of their own, while quickly dismissing anything they disagreed with under the premise that "religion should keep out of politics."

Purpose-Driven Life and Secularism

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by ...

Does the Qur'an Deny The Truth Of Other Religions?

Kabir Helminski | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Intrinsic Qur'anic values are not some barbaric medieval system of dogma and rigid rules; these values are fundamentally harmonious with the best of Western Civilization.

Religious Freedom Day 2016

Rev. Libby M. Grammer | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion
Rev. Libby M. Grammer

My hope for the future of Christians involved in U.S. politics is that we are continually more thoughtful, and not less, and that we provide hope to nation and not more fear-based politicizing of every issue.

President Obama and Progressives: Christian Right Is Wrong About Religious Freedom

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

The idea of what religious freedom means is not a settled matter. But Clarkson offers a definition that allows progressives to reclaim religious liberty from conservative Christians who have perverted its meaning in service of theocratic agendas.

Atheist Group Files Suit To Remove 'In God We Trust' From Currency

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

A group of atheists seeking to drop the phrase "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency filed a federal lawsuit this week in Akron, Ohio, arguing th...

Why Atheists Value Religious Freedom Day

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The idea and character of religious freedom has changed over the years, and unfortunately the change has not always been for the better. But celebrations like Religious Freedom Day can remind us of the full nature of religious freedom.

The Religious Right and The Erosion of Religious Liberty

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer

I'm a Mayflower descendant. My maternal grandmother was Delores Howland, some 16 or so generations removed from John Howland. His home still stands in Plymouth, and I have been there to sign the descendants' book.

Meaning, Purpose, and Civic Engagement Beyond Belief

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.14.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

Whether you are a believer or secular, to gain a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life it helps to participate in civic engagement with others from your community.

Following Anti-Semitic Attacks In Marseille, Jewish Leaders Divided Over Skullcap

HuffPost France | Sara Elkamel | Posted 01.14.2016 | World

MARSEILLE, France -- After a teenager used a machete to injure a Jewish teacher wearing a kippa, or skullcap, on Monday in France, the coun...

5 Things We Hope to Hear in the President's State of the Union Speech

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Greenblatt

President Obama has said that his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12 will be framed around "the big things" he sees as being priorities in the years to come, rather than taking a policy-centric approach to the speech. He has said that there is more work that needs to be done, and we agree.

Ted Cruz's Christian-Nation Candidacy

Peter Montgomery | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

For all his posturing as a champion of the Constitution and of religious liberty, Cruz, like the Christian-nation advocates who are backing his campaign, is actually undermining core American principles with his campaign rhetoric, which disdains the religious pluralism that is both a reflection of our religious freedom and a defining characteristic of the American ideal.

A Country Where Selling Books Is an Act of Terrorism

Ahmed Khan | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Ahmed Khan

Imagine a local bookseller in the United States being arrested by the federal government in his own bookstore and being charged with a federal crime. His crime: the sale of books deemed hurtful or hateful to another religious group's beliefs. His punishment: eight years in prison.

What Does It Mean to Be Religious?

Sana Tayyen | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Sana Tayyen

As more and more individuals self-identify as "Spiritual But Not Religious" (SBNR), we cannot help but notice the "not religious" as part of the identification. It is curious that a description of one's identity must rest on a negation.

Please Don't Just Tolerate Me! Why We Need More Love and Hate

Craig Luekens | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Craig Luekens

Is Christianity a religion of love or of hate? Both! And I don't just mean that there are some Christians who do a lot of loving things, other Christians who do a lot of hateful things, and the latter are wrong. Well, that's true in one sense, but is also very boring and obvious.

Scalia's Views on Religious Neutrality Reveal He Is Neutral on Sanity

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.03.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Scalia's views are precisely what our forefathers feared so terribly and worked so diligently to avoid. In addition to ignoring our Bill of Rights, Scalia has abandoned any pretense of logic to support his faith.