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Religious Freedom

The Dalai Lama And The Separation Of Church And State In America

Nicole Neroulias Gupte | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Nicole Neroulias Gupte

The separation of church and state is a major principle in American public life, one that the rest of the world acknowledges and -- as evinced by the Dalai Lama's recent remarks -- even admires.

Herman Cain's Political Islamophobia

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

Cain's comments reflect a strategy among some Republican politicians to challenge Islam's place in the American religious landscape by calling into question whether it is even a legitimate religion.

Jordan's Hills Come Alive With The Sound Of Christian Music

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 09.14.2011 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

While Lydia Shadid is grateful for her supporters throughout the world, some have tried to take advantage. "Christian writers, composers, singers and producers are not protected," she said.

Protecting Pastafarians: When Does Religious Freedom Become Ridiculous?

Frank Fredericks | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

While doing my daily routine of scanning religious freedom articles, I came across a rather striking headline: "'Pastafarian' Wins Religious Freedom Right to Wear Pasta Strainer for Driving Licence."

Muslim Canadians Should Ease Out Of Prayers In Public School

Mike Ghouse | Posted 09.13.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

To build cohesive societies where trust is the norm, we have to treat everyone justly.

The Religious Right's Shadow Nation

Wayne Besen | Posted 09.09.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

Lately, it seems Christian fundamentalists have campaigned to pervert the notion of "religious freedom" to mean they have the absolute right to control lives and dictate how other people live.

Combating Religious Intolerance When Freedom Of Speech Enables Hate Speech

John L. Esposito | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Freedom of speech is a precious right that must be guarded carefully. But what happens when that right is used to incite hatred and to feed religious intolerance, such as Islamophobia?

Celebrating Fourth Of July As A Muslim

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 09.03.2011 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

In my experience, all Muslims would agree on one thing: that the United States provides them with more freedom, more security, more opportunity, and more peace than the country from which they emigrated.

A Religious Reflection For Independence Day, 2011

Bishop James Magness | Posted 09.03.2011 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

Our commitment to religious freedom requires renewal with each successive generation. Never can we take for granted that all of our citizens will understand and appreciate this crucial component of our history.

Proposed Circumcision Ban Is Bad For Religion And Medicine

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Most American Jews and Muslims are circumcised for religious reasons, and as many as three quarters of all American males are circumcised medically. Clearly not everyone is listening to circumcision's detractors.

Rules Change Accommodates Muslim Weightlifter

AP | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion

PENANG, Malaysia -- Weightlifting's world governing body agreed Wednesday to modify its clothing rules to accommodate a Muslim women competing for the...

Critics Push Obama To Change Faith-Based Hiring Rules

Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of clergy and lawmakers is trying to overturn a nearly decade-old policy that allows ...

Compromise Resolves ACLU Complaint In Time For Graduation

Belmar, NJ Patch | Christine A. Scheller | Posted 08.20.2011 | Religion

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Convert Or Die

Qasim Rashid | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

While this letter specifically targets Ahmadi Muslims, lest we forget, Christians, Hindus, Jews, and even Atheists in Pakistan suffer similar systemic persecution.

Congressman To Introduce Bill To Protect Male Circumcision Rights

Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion

A new bill aims to cut short a proposed ban on circumcision in San Francisco. US. Representative Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) will introduce the Religi...

Discriminatory Draft Law In Belgium Violates Fundamental Religious Rights

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

Proposed legislation in Belgium contains provisions specifically designed to discriminate against targeted religions derogatorily designated as "secta...

Rick Perry's 'Response' Threatens America, As Do Many Of The Responses To It

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Until there is a plan which respectfully addresses those left out or those who choose not to participate, Response, and all those responding to it, will be adding to America's woes not healing them.

France and Belgium Have Banned the Burqa. Should America Follow Suit?

Kent Greenfield | Posted 08.09.2011 | World
Kent Greenfield

While we usually give individuals' own choices the benefit of the doubt, there are exceptions when those choices impose harms on others.

It Is Time To Prioritize Religious Freedom In U.S. Foreign Policy

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

This article was excerpted from testimony presented before the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Africa, Global ...

Poll: Egyptians Don't Want Theocracy

Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Four months after the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a new Gallup sur...

Muslim Views On The Circumcision Ban

Mike Ghouse | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

We have to speak out against this move through the ballot box in November this year. We cannot let anyone infringe on the freedom of the other, where does it end?

Summer of Tolerance NYC

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

As New York -- and all of America -- approaches the tenth anniversary of 9/11 there are legitimate fears that Islamophobia may re-emerge as a response.

Israeli Ministry Targeting So-Called 'Sects' and 'Cults'

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 07.31.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

Classifying religious groups into "religions" and "sects" violates religious human rights standards. It is impermissible and arbitrary for the government to confer benefits on groups it classifies as "religions."

Why Shouldn't a Baha'i Study?

Sohrab Ahmari | Posted 07.25.2011 | World
Sohrab Ahmari

"What have people of my faith done to deserve such treatment? Why should a faith that regards all human beings as equal and calls for everyone to love one another, deserve this?"

President Obama, Religious Freedom And The Arab Summer

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

The new Arab world must revere human rights unfailingly, chief among which is the right to religious freedom.