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Religious Freedom

Inside The Religious Freedom Report That’s Making Conservatives So Mad

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently released a report criticizing religious exemptions that infringe on civil rights ― and some conservativ...

Putin's American Fans Cheer His Persecution Of Gays, Ignore His Persecution Of Christians

Brian Tashman | Posted 09.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Tashman

Most recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his attacks on Christians who belong to denominations other than the Russian Orthodox Church, particularly Protestants, Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses.

New Air Force Flag-Folding Rules Strangle Constitution; Enable Majority Faith Domination

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

The Air Force is telling its Airmen that other religious or nonreligious beliefs are not represented by our national flag.

The Burkini Ban Isn't The Beginning Or The End

Manal Omar | Posted 09.14.2016 | Religion
Manal Omar

Women shouldn't have to choose between liberty and safety -- we should have both unconditionally.

Vibrant Portraits Capture The Faces And Stories Of Sikhs In America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.14.2016 | Arts

This is Lathan Dennis Singh, a retired engineer born in Kingston, Jamaica, and now based in Fairfax, Virginia. He converted to Sikhism over 48 years a...

Donald Trump Really Wants America To Unite 'Under One God'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump has been working a new closing refrain into his stump speeches over the past week, in which he promises to bring the nation together unde...

The Loyal Opposition

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 09.02.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Dallin H. Oaks spoke in the April General Conference this year about Mormons who publicly disagree with the policies and doctrines of the church leade...

Friday Talking Points -- End Of The Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's still only August, but already the predictions that this would be an exceedingly banal presidential election campaign look like they've already come true. This week's campaign news might be summed up as an elementary school playground shouting match: "You're a bigot!" "No, you're a bigot!" Sigh.

8 Countries Where Religious Freedom Is Actually Under Attack

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.23.2016 | Religion

Religious freedom is a rare commodity in many regions of the world, according to the U.S. State Department’s latest International Religious Freedom ...

Top 10 Questions About Religious Liberty, Jesus And LGBT People

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

As the longest election cycle in the history of voting heads into the home stretch, it seemed like a good time to offer this refresher course on what the Bible actually says and doesn't say about LGBT people -- along with a reminder about what religious liberty is and isn't.

Pete's Dragon: A Christian Allegory?

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 08.22.2016 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

So there's this dragon -- a big, green dragon that defies all logic, and his name is Elliott. And then there's this boy, Pete, an orphan who's survived in the forest thanks to the dragon's care.

Religious Freedom Law Protects Business Owner Who Fired Trans Woman, Judge Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.20.2016 | Politics

Religious freedom is a valid defense for a Michigan business owner who fired a trans woman after she asked to dress in accordance with her gender iden...

America, This Is A Test

Catherine Orsborn | Posted 08.19.2016 | Religion
Catherine Orsborn

As we move toward the presidential election, we can expect more politicized responses to the turmoil and tragedies in our world. Reactions that target and isolate people based on their religious identity or racial or ethnic background do not make us safer or stronger.

Religious Freedom Is a Shield Not a Weapon

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Religious freedom isn’t an excuse to be a bigot, it isn’t a free license to discriminate, and it’s definitely not a weapon politicians can wield...

Daily Caller's, Republican Religious Freedom Hypocrisy

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

Trump-era conservatives are only interested in propping up their religious beliefs without regard for how they impact others' lives. They have no concern for the rights of all citizens. They are not leading an intellectual movement, but rather a movement for their ethno religious politics.

Religious Freedom Claims Are A Fraud

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 08.03.2016 | Queer Voices
DaShanne Stokes

I never forgot the look in their eyes: the expressions of contempt and disgust mixed with laughter, the obscene gestures, the slurs wielded like weapo...

Answering Trump Supporters

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

All recent Republican presidential nominees stayed away from Trump's convention, as did the governor of the host state, because they were so disgusted. If you loved your country more than you hated Hillary, you would vote for her over Trump.

Ahmadiyya Muslims: A Star in The Constellation of American Faiths

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 07.31.2016 | Religion
Brian Levin, J.D.

My fellow Americans, and friends watching this around the world, it is such a heartfelt privilege to share the blessings of Our America with you on this special day. Salam Aleikum and God bless the United States of America.

A Pastor Walks Into a Room Full of Atheists

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 07.25.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

By guest blogger Caleb Pitkin This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to ref...

More And More People Support Abortion Rights

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 07.19.2016 | Religion
Marie Alford-Harkey

The Texas case brought together people of faith in support of abortion access like never before. As we celebrate this important decision for women's health, rights, and dignity, we recommit ourselves to a world that embodies these ideals for all people.

An Open Letter To The GOP: 'We Are You'

Tim Rymel | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Tim Rymel

For years I supported your party and platform. I voted in every election possible and sought out the most conservative candidates who upheld my God-fearing beliefs. But there was a problem. I was gay.

Guidelines Without Love

Stephen Seufert | Posted 07.14.2016 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

Instead of the guideline looking inward and addressing the Catholic Church's own shortcomings, Archbishop Chaput chooses to blame society for spreading "confusion" on issues related to marriage, the family, and LGBT people. This so called confusion on these issues isn't caused by society, but rather the Church's unwillingness to take responsibility for their own mistakes.

No Exceptions To Equal Protection

Joe Kennedy III | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Joe Kennedy III

One month after a deadly attack against the LGBT community in Orlando, Republican Leadership in the House of Representatives will mark this week's anniversary in an ugly way.

Protection Of Myanmar's Muslims A Litmus Test For Reforms

Shaivalini Parmar | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Shaivalini Parmar

To prevent further escalations of violence, authorities should unequivocally condemn this violence and hold perpetrators to account. It's crucial that the government take concrete measures to remove longstanding restrictions on the Rohingya and the Muslim minority.

Friday Talking Points -- Ships Leaving A Sinking Rat

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the stream of Republicans fleeing the Donald Trump candidacy becomes a flood, it does seem the appropriate metaphor to use -- the ships are leaving the sinking rat this time, not the other way 'round.