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Religious Freedom

The Final Word on Religion

Paul Kraly | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Paul Kraly

It wouldn't be the worst idea in the world, if we got rid of all the churches, temples, mosques, and others houses of worship, and deconstructed and did away with all the organizations, foundations, and associations.

Is Religion the Only Protected Class That Is Aggressive?

Mike Zimmerman | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Mike Zimmerman

In a recent discussion about religious freedom, I helped students explore the hidden dissonance of different forms of identity. The many hats we wear and aspects to our identities as we live our lives can sometimes be compartmentalized, but the major markers of who we are cannot.

GOP Candidate Calls For New Agency To Promote 'Judeo-Christian' Values To The World

AP/The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

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Contraception and the Use and Abuse of Religious Liberty

Noah Baron | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Noah Baron

Allowing religious organizations to claim, under the guise of tolerance, nearly anything to be a burden upon the exercise of their beliefs would be a substantial step toward the creation of the private hells the late political philosopher Brian Barry warned against.

We Need to Talk About Being #NativeOnCampus

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 11.16.2015 | College
DaShanne Stokes

Privilege is not knowing that you're hurting others and not listening when they tell you. From the responses of those who attacked me and others for talking about what it's like being Native American on campus, it's clear that many people are blind and deaf.

Where's Log Cabin Republican Activism This Campaign Season?

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

I am hoping to see LGBTQ Republicans publicly bring to the fore how being anti-LGBTQ in 2015 is a huge political liability for any Republican candidate, especially one seeking the highest office in the land.

Religious Hokum in Supreme Court

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

We are a nation that prides itself as a place where people have the liberty to practice their faith without the government imposing unfair burdens on them. But religious freedom is not a free pass; there is no doctrine of religious exceptionalism.

I Didn't Know I Was Adopted

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

Seventeen years ago this month, I was in the middle of a full-blown identity crisis. I didn't know who or what I was anymore, let alone what to call myself. As our nation turns to observe National Adoption Month, I'm reminded of accidentally discovering, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.

Coming Out of the Christian Closet (Again)

Amy Crumpton | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

I've been here, there, and everywhere, trying to discern how to follow my heart and my voice. It's funny how I ended up right back where I started. Here's how I'm figuring it out...

Christian Persecution Peddlers Want Special Treatment -- Not Religious Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Christian persecution has become a new religion for many. These people take it on faith that a war on Christianity is being waged in America. The reality is, the only war being waged right now is one to define the religious freedoms afforded to Americans by the Constitution.

Scalia Goes On Hobby Lobby Shopping Binge Just To Feel Again

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 11.06.2015 | Comedy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear seven new appeals regarding the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, an issue raised by t...

The Supreme Court Is All Set To Hear The Next 'Hobby Lobby' Case

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

The sequel to last year's Hobby Lobby case is here. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear seven appeals from various religious organizatio...

History and Honor at Brent Family Cemetery in Aquia, Virginia

Christine Stoddard | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Christine Stoddard

A little-known knob in the tree of Virginia history lies at the end of a dirt road in Aquia. Neighboring St. William of York Church in Stafford and flanked by wooded swampland, the Brent Family Cemetery dates back to 1686, when King James II of England granted George Brent a swath of 30,000 acres nestled between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers.

Christians Protest Church Of Lucifer, End Up Fighting Among Themselves

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.03.2015 | Weird News

Some Christians are having a little trouble turning the other cheek over the Halloween opening of the Greater Church of Lucifer in Old Town Spring, T...

Religious Liberty Is Not a Weapon of Discrimination

Donna Red Wing | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Religious liberty should not and cannot be used as a weapon of discrimination. We need to be very clear that we will not allow the radical religious right to undermine the rights and liberties of LGBT Americans or anyone else under the guise of religious liberty.

The Pentagon's Forgotten Weapon Against Extremist Ideology: American Exemplarism

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

This spring, Sikh soldiers serving in the U.S. military marched in New York City at the annual Sikh Parade. The regiment offered an important introspective for Pentagon leadership, and an opportunity to sharpen its strategy against extremism with the power of American ideals.

Why Tolerance Won't Be Enough

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman

Tolerance simply stated, is the absence of physical violence against someone else. But it doesn't guarantee that laws and edicts won't be issued that undermine the spirit of coexistence.

Religious Freedom Requires Give as Well as Take

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

The always contentious issue of religious freedom appears to be heading back to the Supreme Court. Not that this court can be trusted to make a measured decision, but Lord knows we need someone to restore order and bring clarity to the principle and its application.

The 3rd Commandment: Thou Shalt Scrub Thy Windows

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

I will be scrubbing my "assumption windows" on a regular basis now as a result of having had the honor, pleasure, and privilege of getting to know Christina and Aaron Hopper and call them our fervent friends.

Satanic Ritual Protest Planned For High School Football Team

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 10.29.2015 | Sports

Accompanied by gongs, robes and burning incense, the leader of The Satanic Temple of Seattle is planning to step onto a local football field on Thurs...

Christians Still Fail to Understand Religious Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The conservative media is always looking for a reason to be outraged. Unfortunately, the origin of the outrage is often a lack of information. For example, Megyn Kelly of Fox News took to the air earlier this week to discuss a court case that she feels proves President Obama and liberals are waging a war on Christianity.

Mormon Options on 'Church and State'

Martin Marty | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

One does not have to be a Mormon Elder, a Mormon, a believer, to find reason to listen. Nor would Oaks expect everyone to agree with his every line. He is starting a conversation, which is the most subversive thing to do among people who want to prosecute a culture war over religion.

Why Is Obama's Meeting with Indonesian President Important?

John Sifton | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
John Sifton

Indonesia doesn't often get the attention it deserves, but it is a key country with major links to the United States. It's in the G7, and millions of its citizens or former citizens live in the U.uS.

Conscientious Objection and Religious Freedom

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

Ms. Davis has every right to her religious principles. As an elected official, she has every right to hold her office. However, gay couples also now have the right to obtain marriage licenses in Rowan County. As a result, Ms. Davis has several choices.

How a Letter from Mother Teresa Is Teaching Me to Love

Amy Crumpton | Posted 10.19.2015 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

While working with The Hunger Project in India, Lynne had been given the chance to meet Mother Teresa, an opportunity she had dreamed of since she was six. As she paid homage to Mother Teresa in a hallway in the Calcutta orphanage, she heard a disturbance down the corridor.