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Religious Freedom

A Global War On Christians In The Muslim World?

John L. Esposito | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion
John L. Esposito

In the 21st century, Muslims are strongly challenged to move beyond older notions of "tolerance" or "co-existence" to a higher level of religious pluralism based on mutual understanding and respect.

Laura Bassett

Former Bush Official Files Suit Against Birth Control Rule | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

Jim Towey, the former director of George W. Bush’s Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, slapped that same office with a federal lawsuit an...

Religious Liberty vs. Reproductive Liberty: A New Political Minefield Pits Women Against the Church

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Lauren Brown Jarvis

Reproductive liberty for American women should be as important as any other right. At the end of the day, what women ultimately decide to do with our bodies should remain between us, our partners, our doctors, our God. This is the religious freedom we want.

Religious Self-Definition A Major Issue In Dawkins's Poor Debate Performance

Christopher Lane | Posted 04.17.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

The performance in question has Dawkins stumbling, uncharacteristically, when pressed to give the full title to Darwin's major treatise "On the Origin of Species." Dawkins declared that he'd been "ambushed" by the question.

Religious Freedom Or Freedom Of Choice?

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 04.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Employees may decide not to use such services for religious reasons, but an employer cannot deny them access for religious reasons.

It's Not About Conscience, It's About Bullying

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

When officials of the Catholic Church resort to claims of conscience, they are not referring to the conscience of the women who seek insurance coverage for birth control; they are referring to their own stricken conscience.

Santorum's Fight for Religious Freedom Inspires Others to Restrict Freedom, Too

Chris Michael | Posted 04.10.2012 | Comedy
Chris Michael

"I think I speak for many Americans when I say that expanding personal choice is the exact opposite of freedom," an irate Santorum said, flagellating himself on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Advocates Of Sharia Can Learn From Catholics And Jews

Mary J. Loftus | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
Mary J. Loftus

Prickly questions abound when determining how religious minorities with distinctive family norms, cultural practices and their own religious law, courts and schools, can be accommodated in democratic societies.

39 Years of Defending Roe v. Wade

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 03.21.2012 | Women
Nancy K. Kaufman

The principle of religious freedom demands that women be able to make healthcare decisions and choices, including whether or not to choose abortion or access family planning services,

Religious Leaders: Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Religious Freedom

Posted 01.13.2012 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) A coalition of nearly 40 religious leaders has published an open letter that seeks to recast the battl...

Misreading the Muslim Brotherhood

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 03.10.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

A recent awkward exchange is evidence of the Obama administration's continuing failure to accurately assess and effectively respond to Islamist political successes in Egypt and elsewhere.

Joshua Hersh

Jewish Extremists Prompt Culture War In Israel | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.09.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- If they hadn't been stirred already by the female soldier who was called a "slut" on a public bus, or the 8-year-old girl spit on by neig...

Mikey Weinstein, A Traitor in the War on Christmas

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Over the past few months, I've been faced with the utter irony of splitting my time between dealing with the steady stream of lies about my boss and the organization I work for being part of the so-called war on Christmas.

I'm a Jew Who Celebrates Christmas. So What?

Meredith Fineman | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Meredith Fineman

I received what can only be described as a disturbing message today -- an acquaintance of mine sent me two articles on why Jews shouldn't celebrate Christmas.

Liberation Through Assimilation: Burqa Ban Comes To Canada

Sonny Singh | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Sonny Singh

This isn't about whether we think wearing burqas or niqabs is a good idea or not. The issue is whether a government should be able to impose its notion of national identity on its citizens

For Crying Out Loud About Christmas

Carol Smaldino | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Carol Smaldino

There is no freedom without considering alternatives: considering what we believe and what makes sense to us. There is no freedom without the capacity and permission to think.

Religious Freedom Panel Gets 11th-Hour Reprieve

Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion

By Josef Kuhn Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Congress saved an independent religious freedom watchdog commission that was about to shut do...

Southern Baptists Admit That They Oppose Religious Equality In The Military

Chris Rodda | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Well, it doesn't get any clearer than this. In an article from the Baptist Press, the news arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Southern Baptists have finally come right out and admitted that they oppose religious equality in the U.S. military.

The Faux Rage About a False War on Christmas

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

There is no war on Christmas; the idea is absurd at every level. You are probably being deafened by a rendition of "Jingle Bells" right now. But the Christian right is waging a war against reason. And they are winning.

United States Religious Freedom Panel To Close Down

Posted 12.13.2011 | Religion

By Josef Kuhn Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal watchdog panel that monitors religious freedom around the world is preparing to shu...

No, Virginia, There's No War on Christmas

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Tell me, Governor Perry, when you talk about "prayer in school," do you mean all prayer? Would you object to Muslims pulling out prayer rugs and bowing to Mecca? Jews opening their Torah and chanting? A Native American prayer dance, a Sikh kirtan, or a New Age affirmation litany?

Squinting at Religious Discrimination

Bruce Fein | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Bruce Fein

Is the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom squinting at a transparent Turkish Muslim injustice perpetrated by a Christian Greek government?

2012 Candidates Asked To Sign Religious Freedom Pledge

Posted 12.01.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) An advocacy organization for persecuted Christians has asked the 2012 presidential candidates to si...

The Culture Wars, Redux

Michael Keegan | Posted 01.17.2012 | Arts
Michael Keegan

One year ago, we were all struck by a severe sense of déjà vu when the Smithsonian became mired in a disturbingly retro culture war. The controversy...

Keep Religion Out of Politics

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

All candidates of good faith must swiftly, publicly and definitively reject and repudiate religious-based election appeals.