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Religious Freedom

A Prayer for LGBT People in Indiana

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

As one who lived through a popular vote in Minnesota about whether my family is equal to others, is worthy of respect, and deserves protection under the law, I feel called to lift up a prayer for LGBT people in Indiana.

Indiana Situation Proves Sports Can Drive Sociocultural Change

Ken Reed | Posted 06.02.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

We need to keep the pressure on the Hoosier state. The first step should be for the NCAA to pull next year's Women's Final Four from Indiana -- unless a comprehensive anti-discrimination law is quickly enacted.

Religious Freedom or Discrimination?

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Religious liberty is critically important and, yes, threatened. But the Indiana law was different from the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. And the strong public reaction against it also comes from people who believe in the protection of religious liberty, but not in ways that use it to condone discrimination in the public sphere against anyone.

The Backlash Against Discrimination and the GOP's 'Indiana' Problem

Terrance Heath | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Terrance Heath

In 2016 and beyond, Republicans will find it hard to strike a balance between "religious freedom" and discrimination. They will find it even harder to choose between either "caving" and alienating their base, or alienating the growing majority of voters and facing a grassroots onslaught.

A Spellbinding Week: What Are the Gains and Losses for LGBT Rights, and What Battles Lie Ahead?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Yes, be proud of our work this week. But there's so much more to do. Don't think our opponents aren't already regrouping and calibrating their next attack, moving on to other states. We cannot fool ourselves, dazzled by the events, into thinking that because we won a media battle, we have won the war.

Igor Bobic

Tom Cotton To Gays Of America: At Least You're Not Living In Iran | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Be grateful, gays of America. Instead of being potentially denied services at your local restaurant, you could be living in Iran, where ...

Jeb Bush: Indiana Needed 'More Consensus-Oriented' Approach To Religious Freedom Law

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) expanded on his thoughts on Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" law Wednesday night, telling a small group of...

Religious Freedom - You've Got to Be Carefully Taught to Hate

Rob Stephenson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Stephenson

Although not written to specifically target LGBT persons, there is now well-grounded concern that such laws will lead to increases in discrimination based on sexual orientation. What message are we sending to our children about their rights and their right to discriminate against others?

What Kind of Priest Would Be Against a Religious Freedom Act?

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

What kind of priest would be against a Religious Freedom Act? The kind of priest who is all in favor of religious freedom -- and inalterably opposed to having religious freedom hijacked and misused as a weapon of mass discrimination.

Dana Liebelson

Texas Lawmaker Defends Religious Freedom Proposal By Invoking Nazis | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Texas lawmaker sponsoring a religious freedom proposal invoked the Nazis on Tuesday to fend off criticism that the proposal could be u...

Civil Rights Act 2015

Stampp Corbin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stampp Corbin

By simply adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the federal law, states and supporters will be able to pursue religious freedom legislation unencumbered by the belief that these laws will be used to discriminate against the LGBT community.

Why Religious Groups Are Protesting The Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion

A battle is raging in Indiana and around the country, with faith groups accusing the state's leaders of misrepresenting what "religious freedom" reall...

Amber Ferguson

Mike Pence Inhaled. And Inhaled. And Inhaled. | Amber Ferguson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's (R) Tuesday press conference was meant to address the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act he signed last week. ...

Don't Nix Indiana Religious Freedom Law, Fix It

Gurjot Kaur | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Gurjot Kaur

While business leaders and civil rights groups are right to criticize Indiana's government for allegedly targeting same-sex couples in the state for discrimination under the banner of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), we should not throw RFRA out with the bathwater.

Putin, Wagner, a Pink Person, and Singing Nuns

John Mauceri | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
John Mauceri

Vladimir Putin canceled a radical production of Wagner's Tannhaüser in Novosibirsk, the good people of my native Queens are in an uproar over public art the public doesn't want, and an op-ed piece proposes a darker version of The Sound of Music, of all things.

Fixing Indiana and Arkansas: Republicans Up Against the Wall

Richard Brodsky | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

This battle is pitting the two wings of the Republican coalition against each other. Social conservatives are being confronted by all kinds of corporate business interests, including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, of all things. It's taken great skill for Republican leaders to paper over this inherent split, but that day is over.

Indiana's RFRA Threatens True Religious Freedom

Sally Steenland | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Sally Steenland

The current debate about religious freedom is already shaping laws and policies that will affect each one of us. Many of these laws and policies are harmful and will have far-reaching consequences that affect the everyday details of our lives that even the supporters of these laws are likely to regret.

Jonathan Cohn

Why Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Is Such A Big Deal | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

If you’ve been following the controversy over Indiana’s new religious freedom law, you might be confused about what it really says and what it wil...

RFRA 101: A Brief History Of The Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Religion News Service | Jay Michaelson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Before this week, few people had heard of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act or could even pronounce its acronym, RFRA (Riff-ra), even though...

Walmart Asks Arkansas Governor To Veto Religion Freedom Bill

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business

March 31 (Reuters) - The chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Tuesday asked the governor of Arkansas to veto a religious freedom measure,...

Indiana Republicans Exercise Their Right to Be Stupid

Monica Bauer | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Monica Bauer

The Indiana Republicans got caught leaning way over their skis doing what comes naturally to a lot of Republicans these days; catering to the religious right.

Hobby Lobby Comes Home to Roost as States Consider 'Religious Freedom' Legislation

Elliot Mincberg | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Elliot Mincberg

For far-right activists and legislators concerned about marriage equality and other LGBT rights, Hobby Lobby provided the perfect opportunity: Pass state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts and effectively grant a religious-exemption claim from LGBT anti-discrimination laws, based on the Supreme Court's rewriting of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

Discrimination Is Never a Religious Value

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

The fact is that most people of faith understand in their bones that our religions call us to care for the marginalized and the vulnerable, include everyone, and welcome all.

Dana Liebelson

Arkansas Legislature Copies Indiana, Passes Controversial Religious Freedom Bill | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to an Indiana law that has faced national backlash for legalizing di...

Igor Bobic

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Rise To Defend Indiana Law That Many See As Anti-Gay | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential hopefuls are lining up in defense of Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” law, which critics warn w...