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What the Supreme Court's Birth Control Case Means for Anti-Discrimination Laws

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

Those who care about anti-discrimination laws in general, and the rights of LGBT individuals in particular, have much to be concerned about Monday's ruling by the Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

Hobby Lobby: Lobby or Business?

Donna Schaper | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Donna Schaper

The Court hedged about whether its Hobby Lobby reasoning applies to all religious claims. I'm not sure which is worse: the idea that that this is a wedge that will dislodge further freedoms from interference by employers or that it should only bar contraception used by women.

The "Real" Message of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Decision

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

As women's and reproductive rights advocates bemoan the supreme court's decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case, there is an aspect of this decision that is being missed by those who are most critical of the decision: the decision is more a statement on worker's rights.

Reclaiming the Sacred: Five Uniting Religious Principles

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

While we may never be able to stop violence in the name of religion, we can prevent it at home and in our lives by remembering and instilling in each other basic ethical principles that are held by all religious traditions.

Today's Hobby Lobby Decision Is Inconceivable

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

It was inconceivable -- pun intended -- to me that the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of five of its male justices, would place access to birth control coverage for thousands of women in jeopardy.

Hobby Lobby: The Real Religious Exemption Fight Is Yet To Come

John J. Dilulio, Jr. | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
John J. Dilulio, Jr.

The Hobby Lobby decision merits all the cheering (by its fans) and jeering (by its foes) that we are hearing. Love it or loathe it, the Hobby Lobby decision is limited in scope.

What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Could Mean For You

Lea Grover | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
Lea Grover

It's a dark day in American History. A day when all the non-Christians stood slack-jawed and shocked, amazed that now, their employer could dictate their lives beyond work based on some idea that their moral authority is better.

When Will the U.S. Supreme Court Protect the Freedoms of Religious People Who Use Contraceptives?

Rabbi Daniel Brenner | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Was the court so overly-focused on the potential indirect violation of religious freedoms of one set of Americans that they forgot to consider the actual religious freedoms of millions of others?

Wiccan Priest Reportedly Barred From Giving Invocation

AP | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A member of the Wiccan faith says he was set to give the opening invocation at a Huntsville City Council meeting until the p...

Meriam Ibrahim -- Strict Religious Law Has No Place in a Truly Free Society

Charlotte Keenan | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Charlotte Keenan

We need to stand with those in Sudan, and across the world, who will not accept this restricting of personal freedoms. We must champion freedom of belief and press for countries to allow people to choose a religion, or choose none.

"I'd Kill Him" - Racist Violence as State Policy in Burma

Andrea Gittleman | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Andrea Gittleman

In her latest book, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton lauded improvements in Burma as a hallmark of her successes at the helm of U.S. foreign policy, but any reforms are woefully insufficient if codified discrimination, deliberate denial of health care, and perpetual violence continue.

Zach Carter

Democrat Invokes Ugly Conservative Anti-Muslim Event At Human Rights Markup | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) invoked this week's ugly anti-Muslim Heritage Foundation panel during a markup of a human rights bill Thursday, suggesting...

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanist military chaplain.

Redefining Spirituality, One Church for All

Andreea Nica | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Andreea Nica

As a former lover of Christ and ex-Pentecostalist, I had countless visions and dreams that one day I would be a spiritual leader. While growing up in the charismatic church, it was even prophesied that one day I would become one.

5 Practical Actions to Help Free Imprisoned Sudanese Mother

Kristin Wright | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Kristin Wright

It's a mother's nightmare. Forcibly separated from her husband and currently caring for her two tiny children in a Sudanese prison, Meriam Ibrahim awaits 100 lashes and death by hanging. Here are five actions that anyone can take right now to help work for the release of Meriam Ibrahim.

Jennifer Bendery

House Committee Invites Witness To Go On Anti-Gay Rant, Because Religious Freedom | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House subcommittee held a Tuesday hearing on religious freedom and, among other witnesses, Liberty University dean and professor of la...

Why the Catholic Church's Suppression of Abortion Dissent Should Concern Us All

Patricia Miller | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Patricia Miller

Sadly, while many Catholics today would find it preposterous that anyone affiliated with the church could support abortion rights, prominent Catholics once addressed questions about the morality and legality of abortion in ways that were beneficial not just to Catholics but to society as a whole.

What's at Stake in Hobby Lobby

Joel Richard Paul | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Joel Richard Paul

The media has mischaracterized the case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, either as an attack on the Affordable Care Act or as a threat to women's access to contraceptives. The media misses the real point.

President Obama Invites Narendra Modi To The U.S. Despite Visa Ban

Reuters | David Brunnstrom and Steve Holland | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated new Indian leader Narendra Modi on his election victory on Friday and invited him to the White H...

The Supreme Trivialization of Prayer

Jim Burklo | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

The surest way to weaken a religion is to get the government to endorse it.That may not have been the insight that led the founders of the United Stat...

Protesters Of Mississippi Anti-Gay Law Plan To Disrupt Governor's Speech

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At a leafy college campus in north Mississippi and an upscale dinner club in New York, groups are protesting a Mississippi law...

Heaven Help Us: The Public Prayer Debate

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Whether a "ceremonial" prayer is really required to open a government meeting, yet alone makes any difference, seems a rather unimportant question given the serious challenges we face in this country these days but it does invite us to reflect on what is happening with regard to the separation of church and state -- one of the great innovations in governing.

Supreme's Decision (Re)Enforces Christian Supremacy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I am disappointed, I am not surprised by the court's (re)inscription of a Christian religious imposition and imperative in the public square by maintaining a long-standing tradition.

Religious Conversion Stories and Musical Chairs

Thom Nickels | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Thom Nickels

Simply put, religious conversion stories are bound to offend sizeable groups of people. Religious people of one faith may label someone in their own camp who goes over to another faith as a traitor, deluded or perhaps as having fallen into heresy.

Alabama, Islam and the Founding Fathers' Belief in Religious Tolerance

Craig Considine | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

Recent comments made by the Chief Justice of Alabama shows that much work needs to be done in educating some of America's most powerful figures on the...