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Religious Freedom

Georgetown Should Honor Its Commitment to Free Speech

Adam Kissel | Posted 07.17.2012 | College
Adam Kissel

What does Georgetown really stand for? Georgetown's continuing attempt to have it both ways when it comes to respecting freedom of expression can only earn it more bad press.

Pulpit Politics: Religious Leaders Should Persuade, Not Pronounce

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Yes, we all need guidance as to what constitutes a moral approach to contentious issues. But we aren't helped by resolutions that force people to be either insiders or outsiders, driven even further apart in a society that's already politically polarized.

Racing Backwards Into The Future: Saudi Arabia And Kuwait

John L. Esposito | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Regrettably, recent religious decisions in both countries are unfortunate reminders about the hurdles and pitfalls in the implementation of religious reform.

New York Kosher Law Is Kosher, Court Rules

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion

By Basil Katz NEW YORK, May 11 (Reuters) - New York's kosher-labelling rules interfere with freedom of religion about as much as St. ...

Reframing the Argument on Gay Marriage

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Jennifer Hamady

In North Carolina this week, we were distracted yet again by the 'marriage' issue from the real matter at hand: equality. Which we can achieve by demanding the legality of civil unions.

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

Gay Marriage Is A Human Right, Law Professor Says

Mary J. Loftus | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Mary J. Loftus

Catholic bishops have been saying that the federal mandate that private insurers cover contraceptive services violates religious freedom. But the Catholic Church also supports policies that compromise the religious and moral freedom of others.

Bishops Say Catholics Must Disobey Unjust Laws

AP | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion

WASHINGTON — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops called Thursday for a national campaign in defense of religious liberty, and urged resistance t...

The Illusion of Religious Choice

Joseph Rauch | Posted 06.11.2012 | College
Joseph Rauch

I do not think raising a child without religious values bears more merit than raising a child with religious values, but the development is certainly worth looking into.

Religion: More Similarities Than Differences

Antara Afrin | Posted 06.11.2012 | Teen
Antara Afrin

The ability to take the time to learn about someone else's culture and religion and accept them for who they are is a BIG thing -- and by big I mean revolutionary.

Note to Senator Hatch: Anti-Mormon Attacks Aren't Coming From the Left

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Hatch's claim is ridiculous. In fact, it is right-wing politicians and pundits who keep on "warning" us that Democrats will attack Romney's faith -- and then use those "warnings" as opportunities to slam Mormonism themselves.

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.