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Fire in the Pews: Pentecostal-Catholic Competition Reviving Religion in Latin America

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Greater attendance at Mass. The flowering of a Catholic charismatic movement with lay leadership and culturally sensitive worship that also shares the Pentecostal commitment to evangelism. And a revered global leader emerging from its ranks.

Anyone Can Say 'Allah', Not Only Muslims

Harun Yahya | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Harun Yahya

Such a decision cannot be accepted and defended even if it was directed at one newspaper or a single person. This decision, which is completely against Islam, a religion of peace and brotherhood, must be reversed and there must be freedom of expression for everyone.

Religious Freedom Ambassador Unexpectedly Resigning

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 10.17.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Suzan Johnson Cook, the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, will announce this week that sh...

Defining God: Revealing the Poverty of Religious Literacy

Peter Dziedzic | Posted 12.16.2013 | Religion
Peter Dziedzic

While recent events and crises demand our mourning and reflection on the implications of violence and bloodshed, a recent development in Malaysia also demands our reflection on the implications of ignorance and fear in our world.

Why Public Prayer Is About More Than Culture Wars

Russell D. Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Russell D. Moore

President Obama and religious conservatives are rarely on the same side of the culture wars. But a case now headed to the Supreme Court has forced a sliver of consensus between the White House and right-leaning people of faith on -- of all things -- praying in public.

Amish Parents Wishes On Chemo Treatment of 10 Year Old Daughter Overruled

Reuters | Kim Palmer | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - An Ohio hospital can force a 10-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy over the protests of her parents who decided to s...

The Right Wing's Winning Argument

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Conservatives are already beginning to chip away at LGBT rights, and they're doing it under the banner of "religious freedom and liberty." This is a tough narrative to beat, and it is tough to argue against because it is so deeply rooted in the American narrative.

A "Crisis" Engineered to Subvert Good Order and Discipline

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Because I recognize the important Constitutional role chaplains play, not only in the lives of service members and their families, but also as key members of a commander's special staff, I oppose the latest proposed "solution."

Why I Think Islamists Are Anti-Islam

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

The first Muslims, following after Muhammad, fought for a world where Islam was allowed, not imposed. The world they won was a world with religious liberty, not a world with one faith was forced on everyone else.

Corrupting the Concept of Religious Freedom

Charles Negy, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Charles Negy, Ph.D.

Imagine if employees in all settings were given such license to discriminate against others who do not conform to employees' religious values. Society would become chaotic.

Court Rules In Favor Of Man Who Wants To Distribute Bibles At Gay Pride Festival

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.23.2013 | Gay Voices

In the midst of a four-year legal battle with the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a Wisconsin man has been grated the right to once again distribute b...

Quebec's Charter of No Values Jeopardizes Only the Christian Cross

T. Sher Singh | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

In it's desperate clawing for political power, Quebec's separatist party -- the Parti Quebecois -- has turned to toying with its citizens' fundamental rights and freedoms with the hope that it will polarize the electorate ... in the party's favour.

God Help the Orphans

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.18.2013 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

The Michigan House of Representatives is considering two bills that would allow religious-based adoption organizations to discriminate based on religi...

Why A Swim Class Became A Court Case

AP | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion

BERLIN -- A court in Germany has ruled that a Muslim girl cannot be excused from mixed-sex swimming lessons on the grounds of religious belief. The 1...

A Stone of Hope: The Multifaith Movement for Justice and the Urgent Need to Move Freedom Forward

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

In my tradition we say, "So now, as worship ends, the service begins." Now is the time for religious leaders and faith voices to transcend religious divides and pursue bold collective actions to strengthen the march for justice.

How Can Southern Baptist Military Chaplains Continue to Serve 'God and Country'?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

No longer can most Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve with integrity as military officers because their endorser, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, has placed them in an unethical position.

Gay Rights vs. Religious Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The "sin" of homosexuality is no worse than any other sin discussed in the Bible, so the fact that this florist had never been compelled to refuse service to an obese person who could be suffering from the sin of gluttony.

Where Do We Draw the Line on Religious Abuse?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.03.2013 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The recent push in Quebec to ban religious clothing and symbols such as the burka and niqab reignited the heated debate about the role of the state in...

Religious Liberty: A Right for All People

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Justifications that target American Muslims carve out loopholes in religious freedom statutes that inevitably hurt members of other faith traditions, too.

Religious Foes Of Gay Marriage Consider Strategies

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion

-- The battle over gay marriage is heating up in the states, energizing religious groups that oppose same-sex relationships – but also dividing...

Why Ken Cuccinelli's Plan for Education Is Concerning

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

Virginia has become a hotbed for those who wish to strip the country of the spirit of protection afforded by the language Jefferson composed centuries ago.

Isn't a Humanist Military Chaplain an Oxymoron?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

Must a military chaplain believe in God? We shall soon find out the answer to that question and it will inform us if the Chaplain Corps truly understands what the Constitution and the Supreme Court say about religious liberty.

Hadid's 'Arab Atheism' Article Restores My Hope for Tolerance in Civilization's Cradle

Thom Senzee | Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion
Thom Senzee

Coming from a WASPy, mixed-faith, yet significantly agnostic and atheist, intellectual (and admittedly pseudo-intellectual) family these days living i...

Religious Liberty + Marriage Equality = Harmony, Not Dissension

Sally Steenland | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

The problem with this oppositional framing is that it isn't true. In reality, marriage equality and religious liberty can support and strengthen each other. And this is true even when people are conflicted about same-sex marriage.

Religious Family Resentful Of Government Sets Sail And Gets Horribly Lost

AP | GREG MOORE | Posted 10.10.2013 | Religion

PHOENIX -- A northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government inter...