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Religious Freedom

Does Your Doctor Practice Politics?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

We should ask our doctors about the politics with a small "p" that's embedded in their advice -- the moral and cultural leanings that weigh on clinical judgment.

The Larger Point

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The whole environment surrounding a woman's right to access a safe, legal abortion is premised on the assumption that women are not capable of making their own moral, religious, and ethical decisions without the intrusion and supervision of the government.

Controversial Policy Causes Catholic Group To Leave Vanderbilt University

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.02.2012 | College

Vanderbilt University's Catholic student group is disaffiliating with the school due to a clash with the college's non-discrimination policy. Vand...

What The Dalai Lama Should Do Now

Stephan Talty | Posted 05.31.2012 | Religion
Stephan Talty

The Dalai Lama is fast running out of time. The leader of Tibet has repeatedly said that he will return to Lhasa again to walk the streets he knew as a boy. But every year that passes, there is less and less chance that it will.

Non-Discrimination Policies Do Not Threaten Religious Freedom

Marcus Luther | Posted 05.30.2012 | College
Marcus Luther

While defenders of student religious groups have used rhetoric such as "faith-based qualifications" and "religious freedom," it's time for us to throw aside the axiomatic sugarcoating.

Health And Human Services' Sacrosanct Mandate

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Reams of paper emanate from the HHS about how to "accommodate" religious groups that are upset by their recent mandate. Yet for all the fallen trees, HHS ignores a neuralgic point: the government has overstepped its boundaries when it defines what constitutes religious ministry.

Jon Ward

Rick Santorum Again Criticizes Kennedy's Separation Of Church And State Speech | Jon Ward | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Friday, as Mitt Romney continued to consolidate establishment support for his presidential candidacy within the Republican Party, get...

An Islamic Perspective On Religious Pluralism

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 05.29.2012 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

The Quran, Islam's foundational text regarded by Muslims as the literal word of God, articulates several significant principles regarding inter-religious harmony, peaceful co-existence and religious pluralistic success.

Engaging The Birth Control Question: Revitalizing Our Discourse, Protecting Our Freedom

Peter Dziedzic | Posted 05.29.2012 | Religion
Peter Dziedzic

Healthcare reform is needed, but are we willing, in the process, to sacrifice religious freedoms and ignore the moral objections of religious communities?

PHOTOS: Pope Draws Huge Crowd In Havana, Urges Freedoms For Church

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion

* Raul Castro says Church, Cuba agree on many things * Pope, Fidel Castro discuss world, joke about age * Pope calls on Cuba to give Church ...

Amish Buggy Legislation Wins Final Passage In Kentucky

AP | Posted 03.28.2012 | Religion

The Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – One vote remains before lawmakers allow the Amish to forgo a longstanding traffic safety measure in th...

Santorum's War on Religious Freedom

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 05.19.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

Sometimes we think so highly of ourselves that we think we know what's best for the people around us. That's not religious thinking. That's ego speaking.

The Ignorance of Compulsory Voting

Michael Yarbrough | Posted 05.19.2012 | Media
Michael Yarbrough

At a time when we should be talking about community outreach and education, turning the act of voting into an action of rote only serves to cheapen the institution and does nothing to solve its problems.

Sadly, It Seems Sandra Fluke Wasn't The First Woman Falsely Accused of Being a Prostitute by an Intimidated Man.

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.16.2012 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

It seems the Bible never referred to Mary Magdalene as a prostitute. A Catholic Pope did.

Arizona, You Can't Change the Constitution by Not Understanding It

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

There is nothing in the mandate that forces the religious to take contraceptives or to condone contraception. It's a requirement that anti-contraception communities accept the practices of other communities, like the Amish having to accept that not everyone else travels in a horse-drawn buggy.

Christian Pastor Won't Be Executed, Iran Claims

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.15.2012 | Religion

An official from Iran has refuted claims of plans to execute imprisoned pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been imprisoned for almost three years on ac...

Opening a Gate in the Wall of Separation of Church and State

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

For an election that was supposed to be all about the economy, we're spending a lot of time on the role religion should play in public life.

The Highest Possible Stakes: Human Rights And Religion

Pierre Whalon | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion
Pierre Whalon

Should the Catholic Church militate for equal rights for women before the law and support access to health care as a basic human right? Yes indeed -- the credibility of the Gospel requires it.

Should Christians Have The Right To Wear The Cross At Work?

The Huffington Post | Ileana Llorens | Posted 03.16.2012 | Religion

Two British women are headed to court to argue for the right to wear Christian crosses at their workplaces, but a group of Christian ministers is repo...

Gingrich Targets TV Show 'GCB' As Anti-Christian

AP | By BETH FOUHY | Posted 03.09.2012 | Religion

GULFPORT, Miss. -- Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says a new ABC television series is evidence that the entertainment industry harbors ...

Serious Misunderstanding Of Purim's Mirth

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

For those who engage in a more fundamentalist reading of the Scroll of Esther, Purim provides an answer to the profound fear of hatred between faiths: freedom of the mind and the suggestion to laugh off tough times once in a while.

Bachmann Sounds Dire Warning About Contraception Mandate

Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) warned Tuesday that President Barack Obama's contraception mandate requiring most religiously-affiliated employers' he...

The Bible Is Pro-Birth Control

David Carr | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
David Carr

Not many in the current debate realize that the Bible contains a book that celebrates non-reproductive sex and features substances used by ancient women for birth control.

Conservatives' Selective Religious Outrage

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Howard Schweber

I am in agreement with the complaints of Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Cardinal Dolan that freedom of religion in America is threatened. And I will take those complaints very seriously -- the instant they show signs of extending that freedom to any religion but their own.

President Obama: Render Unto God the Things that Are God's

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 05.03.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Jesus is often quoted for his saying to "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's." The rest of the quote could be a message to the Obama Administration: "Render unto God the things that are God's."