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Religious Freedom

Dear Mormons: Thanks But No Thanks

Bishop Gene Robinson | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion
Bishop Gene Robinson

LGBT people do not need protection from those who would not discriminate anyway, but rather from those who would.

How the Mormons Punked the Press

Brooke P. Hunter | Posted 01.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Brooke P. Hunter

The Mormon church punked the national press yesterday by calling a press conference purportedly about their support of some basic rights for LGBTQ people. The press conference was, in fact, mostly about defending Mormons' right to discriminate.

How a Trip Down the Danube Made Me a Better American

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Rea Nolan Martin

For America to earn its reputation as the home of the free, we Americans have some collective thinking to do. Thinking that might be better done abroad where the seeds of our freedom first germinated in the hearts of forebears.

Mormon Church's New LGBT Stance Draws Mixed Response From Gay Mormons

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion

Peter Harrison was rushing to class Tuesday morning when he noticed a flurry of activity on his Facebook feed. Senior leaders of The Church of Jesu...

The Charlie Hebdo Murders: An Attack on Religious Liberty, Not Free Expression

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The thugs who cut down a dozen Charlie Hebdo are the international descendants of those who murder alleged blasphemers and apostates in Muslim nations.

Charlie Hebdo, Islam and Religious Freedom: Study Finds Independent Courts, Civility Best Protect Liberties, Lessen Conflict

David Briggs | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

What the new research suggests is that promoting freedom is less about any belief system or form of government than a commitment for nations to follow through on their constitutional promises to uphold religious freedoms.

Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini's Release Is A ‘Top Priority' For President Obama

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion

Supporters of the imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini have a renewed sense of hope after a private meeting with President Barack Obama reportedly told...

Happy 15th Anniversary, Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

Fifteen years ago, the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing was published in a full page ad in the New York Times, surrounded by the names of more than 800 of the country's leading religious leaders.

Our Complicit Silence

Endy Zemenides | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Endy Zemenides

Christians in the region and the Ecumenical Patriarchate face existential threats today. If all we can offer is our silence, it's as if we might as well be killing them off ourselves. A Middle East without them is one that we will not want to face.

Religious Freedom Advocates Offer To Take Lashes For Imprisoned Saudi Blogger

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion

Seven religious freedom advocates have offered to personally receive 100 lashes each in the place of Raif Badawi, a liberal Saudi blogger sentenced to...

Obama Issues Proclamation For Religious Freedom Day

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion

National Religious Freedom Day falls on January 16 every year in honor of the day the Virginia General Assembly adopted the Statute for Religious Free...

My Fellow Christians, What Do We Do When Your Religious Beliefs Violate My Religious Beliefs?

Lorie Burch | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Lorie Burch

I'm not saying my religious beliefs are the way for everyone to live or believe. But neither are yours. In fact, they are not truly universal religious beliefs but your personal beliefs. And that's OK. But you don't get to impose those on everyone else to prevent them from living, working, and loving with the same freedom that you are afforded by virtue of who you are.

Religious Freedom and Values

Robert Slayton | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Slayton

What happens when religion violates fundamental American values? Is it possible to use deeply held beliefs in an organized religion to supersede custom or law?

Protecting Freedom of Expression in Newsrooms and Mosques: Unity and Dialogue

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Gaia Paradiso

The Mosque of Rome is the largest Mosque of Europe and its architecture replicates and perfectly integrates itself in the heart of Italy.

Resist the Tyranny of Silence After Charlie Hebdo Attack

Flemming Rose | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Flemming Rose

We could search for a false harmony, like they do in unfree societies, by continually criminalizing new forms of speech according to the following maxim: If you accept my taboo and you don't speak critically or offensively about all that is sensitive and sacred to me, I will do the same for you. In societies like ours, where diversity is growing, this road leads to a tyranny of silence.

Mosque Controversy in Georgia

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Muslim-Americans in Kennesaw, Georgia who had hoped to use space in a retail shopping center as a prayer center recently had to confront hateful and ignorant comments from some residents, accusing them of being "enemies" and "infiltrators."

Je Suis Charlie: In Defense of Free Speech

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

It is time for Muslim imams to lead their flocks in recognizing free speech and free exercise of religion as integral part of Islam. It is time for Western societies to stop asking Muslims what they feel every time radicals perpetrate yet another spectacular act of violence. Only then will "Je suis Charlie" find real meaning.

Religious Freedom 2014: The Year in Review

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

Unfortunately, however, those of us who spend our professional lives monitoring religious freedom developments -- and fighting to protect those freedoms -- see the other side of the coin.

Jeb Bush: 'Respect' My Opposition to Your Civil Rights Because 'Religious Liberty'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Once again many in the media have fallen for GOP strategists' attempts to make a candidate seem moderate --"soften" and "softening" seem to be the words of choice for CNN and others -- while he's not changed his hardcore right-wing position at all.

Looking to Governor Cuomo: A Legacy on Religion and Public Life

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Noah Fitzgerel

While some see public office as a pulpit from which to act upon a normative set of religious ideals, the legacy of Governor Cuomo reminds us that others see public office as a means to enable Americans to thrive in their spirituality.

Boggling Billboards: Should Americans Condemn a Cultural Practice?

Raheel Raza | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Raheel Raza

Our country does not confuse freedom with permissiveness, emancipation with indifference. We must care about preserving the rights of our fellow Americans, and not be misled into tacitly supporting the subjugation of some.

How Abercrombie & Fitch Brought American Muslims And Jews Together

The Daily Beast | Dean Obeidallah | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

Say what you want about Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F), the chain has done something special. No, I’m not talking some dazzling new clothing line for ult...

What War on Christmas?

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Despite what Bill O'Reilly and Dr. Seuss would have you believe, nobody stole or declared war on Christmas this year -- neither a fairy-tale Grinch nor a puritan-like individual who cannot be happy because of complaints about the secularization of the season.

Holiday Hooligans Are Targeting Atheist Billboards, Secular Group Claims

Reuters | MARY WISNIEWSKI | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Holiday hooliganism is no longer limited to thieves running off with baby Jesus from a nativity scene or vandals throwing eggs at mangers....

Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini Pens Heartbreaking Christmas Letter

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

This Christmas marks the third year Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini has been separated from his family. Abedini, an American citizen, is currentlyservi...