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Religious Freedom

Arkansas Senate Passes Bill Called Anti-Gay

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics

(Adds Walmart comment) By Jon Herskovitz March 27 (Reuters) - The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a R...

Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point, Ignoring the Gospel, and Losing a Generation

Rod Snyder | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people.

An Opportunity for Christian Witness in Indiana's Anti-Gay Law

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

The state of Indiana just signed into law a bill that permits business owners to refuse service to gay customers on religious grounds. This is a despicable law. But it is also an opportunity.

Understanding the RFRA: Why It's a Downright Embarrassing Day to Be a Hoosier

Brianna Susnak | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Brianna Susnak

While the ability to express one's religious beliefs is of crucial importance, and one of the greatest aspects of freedom in our country, it should never come at the cost of discrimination against other people.

Misusing Religious Freedom as a Weapon of Mass Discrimination

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Officially entitled the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" this bill will allow individuals and businesses in the state to deny services to LGBT people on "religious liberty" grounds -- doing nothing to restore freedom and everything to bolster bigotry

Amanda Terkel

Indiana Governor Signs Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill At Private Ceremony

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) quietly signed legislation Thursday that could legalize discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and tr...

What Fundamentalists Are Missing About Religious Freedom Bills

Kevin Thornton | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

I grew up in southern Indiana right where the Ohio River makes a curly seam against Kentucky. I was a Southern Baptist boy, at first by tradition and then by choice. That's what we Southern Hoosiers did in those days.

How I Will Express My Religious Freedom in Indiana

Peter Monn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter Monn

I'm tired of explaining to people who would never be affected by such a bill how it haunts me and once again makes me feel different; less than.

Norouz at the 'People's House' as Inspiration for Pluralism

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

This week, over 200 men and women representing a diversity of ethnicities, languages, professions and political views gathered to participate in what was perhaps the largest celebration of the ancient holiday of Norouz, the Persian New Year at the White House.

How Christianity Really Started

Douglas Boin | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Douglas Boin

"The Christians" weren't the standoffish clique historians frequently make them out to be. Many Christians, in fact, were perfectly good Roman citizens. Shockingly, though, very few people have ever gone back to listen to the stories of the quieter ones who lived their lives without any hint of drama.

Utah Passed LGBT Rights Bill, But There's More To The Story

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

It was undoubtedly a victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Utah. After long negotiation, the state legislature on Wednesday pas...

The Pains of Hijacking the Muslim American Narrative

Marwa Azab | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Marwa Azab

I am not going to apologize for being Muslim, or for any crime I did not commit, no matter how seasoned and convincing the imposters of Islam have become, because an apology for a crime I did not commit, is insulting to my intellect and yours.

Introducing the Alert Silk System to Warn Businesses of the Gay Threat to Their Religious Liberties

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

All gay people will wear an electronic transponder on their foreheads. As a homosexual enters through a business door, the transponder will be read by a receiving antenna. This will trigger a warning ("Gay! Gay! Gay! Danger! Gay! Gay! Gay!") alerting owners and workers that their religious liberties are about to be violated. A siren will wail and bright lights will flash.

The Dance for Pakistan's Soul

Aanya Niaz | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
Aanya Niaz

The Lahore Literary Festival is precisely a symbol of a battle, paying ode to devoted individuals, giving people cause and platform to believe that they can begin a conversation sharing their literary achievements, rather than the common defensive approach against terrorism.

Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

As we witness yet again the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, we have a majority of Republicans pining for a Christian America. Proponents of converting the United States into a theocracy do not see the terrible parallel between religious excess in the Middle East and here at home.

'We Stand United in Our Humanity'

Elham Manea | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Why does the Saudi government deny freedoms of speech, religion and political association to it citizens? As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, why does Saudi Arabia imprison a young man who committed no crime, who only created a blog calling for freedom?

Abercrombie & Fitch, The Supreme Court and You

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 02.25.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The Seventh-day Adventist church and those diverse organizations who joined our amicus brief hope and pray that the Supreme Court strikes down the Tenth Circuit Court's unreasonable ruling that the burden is on a job applicant to ask for a religious exemption for rules he or she doesn't even know exist.

Chapman University Welcomes a Mormon Apostle From Utah

Fred Karger | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Fred Karger

The Mormon Church wants laws on the books that would allow a Mormon apartment building owner who doesn't want to rent a unit to a gay couple, the "religious freedom" not to do so. Or a Mormon business owner the right to fire a lesbian worker simply because of whom she is, not because of the quality of her work.

What Muhammad Would Think of Saudi Arabia's "Leadership"

Craig Considine | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Prophet's message was one of tolerance and diversity. It is hard to argue that the Saudi royal family has ever followed in his path or walked in his footsteps.

City Forced To Allow 'Reason Station' Alongside 'Prayer Station'

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

A Detroit suburb that allows a “prayer station” set up in city hall must also permit an atheist to set up a “reason station,” a federal judge ...

From 'Deafening Silence' to Desperate Silencing: Hinduphobia Denial Is Hinduphobia Too

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 02.19.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

This essay is not about Narendra Modi's silences, real or perceived. It is not about allegations of silence made and repeated in the echo-chamber of unimaginative media discourses. No. It is about a real silence that no one in the media bothers calling out.

Religious Persecution In Myanmar Persists Despite Reforms

Religion News Service | Mang Suan Kim | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion

YANGON, Myanmar (RNS) Despite democratic reforms and international pressure that have pushed Myanmar to improve its human rights record in recent year...

Standing in the Courthouse Door

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The chief justice of Alabama's supreme court is making a stand in the courthouse door. This is not literally happening, the way it did in 1963 when Alabama Gov. George Wallace made a similar stand in the schoolhouse door. But in both cases, high Alabama officials are trying to preserve the state's ability to discriminate against a segment of its population.

Challenges to My Self-Esteem

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

I have a strong, healthy dose of self-esteem. This is fortunate because recently there has been a steady stream of damaging messages coming from the media, politicians and religious leaders. There are plenty of voices proclaiming that there is something wrong with me.

Measles, Hobby Lobby and the Real Problem with Vaccinations

Steven Conn | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

What do the measles outbreak, Islamic fanatics in Pakistan, and the Supreme Court's execrable Hobby Lobby decision all have in common? Answer: all three are examples of how society suffers when people's religious beliefs are put ahead of the greater good.