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Religious Freedom

When Belief Becomes More Important Than People

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Wheaton College has made a profound choice -- belief over people. While claiming a position that values life, the College has made choices that value the potential life of a possible fertilized egg over the actual lives of students who may well require insurance coverage in the present to avoid or treat life-threatening and health-compromising conditions.

"I Love the Sinner" Is Often What Abusers Say

Derek Penwell | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Participating in a system that belittles, punishes and commits violence against those who are often in the weakest position to defend themselves, frames you as an abuser in the eyes of those whom you claim only to be trying to love.

Being Christian Doesn't Give You The Right To Discriminate

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The fight here is not about religious freedom. The courts have already determined what is and isn't covered, and arguments like the one presented by Jeremy Tedesco show an ignorance to the facts in order to feign oppression.

Debunking the Crazy Homophobic Claims About the Equality Act

Matt Baume | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Ever notice the big gay loophole in the Civil Rights Act? It's great that we just won marriage -- but in most states you can still be fired, or kicked out of your home, or refused basic services on the basis of who you love or the gender you express.

Social Media & Censorship: Freedom of Expression and Risk

Layla Revis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology
Layla Revis

If we are too afraid to say things because the consequences outweigh human progress, then we must all ask ourselves, "What are we even living for?"

Rep. Keith Ellison Is Optimistic About Americans Overcoming Stereotypes Of Muslims

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion

A recently released Gallup poll showed that 60 percent of American adults would be willing to vote for a well-qualified Muslim candidat...

Legalized "Cheating" in Marriage

Gracie X | Posted 07.21.2015 | Women
Gracie X

They object to us "breaking the rules" of marriage. As if there is one correct way to do marriage. The idea of me desecrating this institution actually frightens them. But what frightens me is the idea of somebody else controlling my sexuality.

Gay Marriage, as a Civil Right, Does Not Violate Religious Liberty

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Christine Stoddard

There are many versions of Christianity. My favorite version is that of hippie Jesus: God is love, pure and simple. I hope that love will continue to win.

Celebrating Freedom Of -- And Freedom From -- Religion

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Your personal opinions and beliefs about who should or should not be getting married has absolutely no bearing on who you issue marriage licenses to as a county clerk. Period.

Bill That Lets Bosses Fire Single Women For Getting Pregnant Gains Steam

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, Republicans are pushing legislation that aims to protect Amer...

Big Boy (Girl) Pants for Leaders: Three Keys to Redirecting Our Victim Culture

Robert Hall | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Hall

The flag came down in Charleston because former flag supporters changed their mind - powerful relational leaders can do that. Our growing Victim Class cries for relational leaders who work together to change minds and who bring the divided together.

Ford Worker Fired For Anti-Gay Comment Sues For Religious Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

A former Ford Motor Co. engineer says in a lawsuit that the automaker violated his religious freedom when it fired him for posting an anti-gay comment...

When the Thought Police Come for You

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Orwell's Thought Police are functioning today in Iran. I know this because my cousin, Shahriar Cyrus, a husband, father of a young son and accomplished painter, was arrested last week in Iran in a similar fashion. Eleven representatives of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence came for him. His crime -- like that of hundreds of others -- was his belief.

Anti-Gay Right Exploiting Clerks, LGBT Community to Reap Chaos After SCOTUS Ruling

Alvin McEwen | Posted 07.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

The controversies involving marriage clerks in the South refusing to help gay couples fulfill their legal right to marry has me thinking. And I've come to a sad conclusion. We are all being played for fools.

Indiana's Church Of Cannabis Files Religious Liberty Lawsuit

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion

INDIANAPOLIS — The First Church of Cannabis filed a lawsuit Wednesday (July 8) against the state of Indiana and city of Indianapolis, chal...

Even Norman Rockwell's Depiction of America Evolved With Changing Times

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Rockwell once gave us an idealized America, but he went on to provide illustrations of the difficult aspects of our nation, as well: racial conflict, civil rights, violence, poverty. Rockwell's America was complex and rich in its diversity. Kim Davis' America is an illusion.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Same-Sex Marriage and Evangelical Fear

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

By accepting this alternate reality in which there is a Big Bad Wolf, a Voldemort on the loose, my own tribe is failing miserably at seeing the very real opportunities that a legal decision like this presents.

Refusal to Grant Marriage Licenses Because of Alleged Religious Conviction Is Based More on Politics and Bigotry Than Scripture

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Clerks have granted marriage licenses to convicted murderers while still in prison despite the Commandment that thou shall not commit murder, but some clerks have decided to draw the line at same-sex marriage licenses -- apparently a more serious offense to their religious principles.

Why 'Gay Marriage' Is Dead but the Battle Just Became Much Bigger

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Women and minorities have secured some rights that are here to stay -- different for each group -- while other rights are still elusive or being stripped away. There is always a backlash to equality, and it could last a very long time, as bigotry doesn't die easily. Like every group, LGBT people have to remain vigilant.

Fox News Doesn't Understand Religious Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Dale Hansen

Given the amount of time Fox News spends peddling claims of Christian persecution, you might expect them to have a better understanding of the subject.

Religious Freedom vs. Gay Rights: Can We All Get Along?

Cody Cain | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

Even if some people are gay, and even if some of these gay people are married, we can still all get along. The framework is already in place under the principles of freedom of religion in our own Constitution.

11 Reasons to Love the USA On July 4th

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Abby Rodman, LICSW

We're not a perfect nation nor do we claim to be. We have much work to do on many fronts. But we're also a country that has demonstrated a willingness to grow and evolve to the benefit of our citizens. So, despite our difference let's celebrate and appreciate our Day of Freedoms.

The Welcome Challenges of Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

In celebration of Obergefell v. Hodge we went out for drinks at Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square. While enjoying the evening summer breeze, my spouse said we could have this experience all year if we moved to a milder climate. I snapped back and said, "I ain't moving to Georgia!" And that's what marriage equality looks like.

What Is the Cost of Grace in Charleston? Obama, Bonhoeffer, and America's Soul

Travis Knoll | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Travis Knoll

Whatever our differences, Christian Americans should lend our ears, if not to Obama's call to our natures' better angels, at least to God's call for universal self-sacrifice and self-reflection on the whole range of pressing moral issues facing America.

Ministers and Marriage

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

Nobody's religious freedom has been compromised by the Supreme Court's decision on marriage. No minister will be forced to sign a civil marriage license. Nobody's religious practice or expression has been compromised by this decision.