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Religious Freedom

Dana Liebelson

Arkansas Legislature Copies Indiana, Passes Controversial Religious Freedom Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to an Indiana law that has faced national backlash for legalizing di...

Igor Bobic

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Rise To Defend Indiana Law That Many See As Anti-Gay

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential hopefuls are lining up in defense of Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” law, which critics warn w...

Indiana's Anti-Gay Law Prompts Thousands Of Businesses To Stand Up For Diversity

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact

Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" bill was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence last Thursday, but one grassroots campaign promoting inclusion...

Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Al Sharpton

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life.

Islam Requires Muslims to Protect Christians

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

It is well-known that Islam equates the killing of one person to the killing of all humanity. In addition to this generic prohibition of murder, Prophet Muhammad is reported to have specifically forbidden paradise to those who hurt non-Muslims.

Georgia House Committee Cancels Meeting On 'Religious Freedom' Bill

The Huffington Post | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

The Georgia House Judiciary Committee canceled a meeting planned for Monday to discuss "religious freedom" legislation amid a national backlash over a...

Christian Paranoia Makes for Awful Legislation

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Christians across the country are paranoid. In their minds, there is an unmitigated war on Christianity, where Christians are becoming the most ostrac...

UPDATE: Indiana Gov Seeks To 'Clarify' Contentious 'Religious Freedom' Law

Indy Star | Tim Swarens | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics

Gov. Mike Pence, scorched by a fast-spreading political firestorm, told The Star on Saturday that he will support the introduction of legislation to ...

Arkansas Senate Passes Bill Called Anti-Gay

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

(Adds Walmart comment) By Jon Herskovitz March 27 (Reuters) - The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a R...

Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point, Ignoring the Gospel, and Losing a Generation

Rod Snyder | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people.

An Opportunity for Christian Witness in Indiana's Anti-Gay Law

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

The state of Indiana just signed into law a bill that permits business owners to refuse service to gay customers on religious grounds. This is a despicable law. But it is also an opportunity.

Understanding the RFRA: Why It's a Downright Embarrassing Day to Be a Hoosier

Brianna Susnak | Posted 05.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Brianna Susnak

While the ability to express one's religious beliefs is of crucial importance, and one of the greatest aspects of freedom in our country, it should never come at the cost of discrimination against other people.

Misusing Religious Freedom as a Weapon of Mass Discrimination

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Officially entitled the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" this bill will allow individuals and businesses in the state to deny services to LGBT people on "religious liberty" grounds -- doing nothing to restore freedom and everything to bolster bigotry

Amanda Terkel

Indiana Governor Signs Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill At Private Ceremony

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) quietly signed legislation Thursday that could legalize discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and tr...

What Fundamentalists Are Missing About Religious Freedom Bills

Kevin Thornton | Posted 05.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

I grew up in southern Indiana right where the Ohio River makes a curly seam against Kentucky. I was a Southern Baptist boy, at first by tradition and then by choice. That's what we Southern Hoosiers did in those days.

How I Will Express My Religious Freedom in Indiana

Peter Monn | Posted 05.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter Monn

I'm tired of explaining to people who would never be affected by such a bill how it haunts me and once again makes me feel different; less than.

Norouz at the 'People's House' as Inspiration for Pluralism

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

This week, over 200 men and women representing a diversity of ethnicities, languages, professions and political views gathered to participate in what was perhaps the largest celebration of the ancient holiday of Norouz, the Persian New Year at the White House.

How Christianity Really Started

Douglas Boin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion
Douglas Boin

"The Christians" weren't the standoffish clique historians frequently make them out to be. Many Christians, in fact, were perfectly good Roman citizens. Shockingly, though, very few people have ever gone back to listen to the stories of the quieter ones who lived their lives without any hint of drama.

Utah Passed LGBT Rights Bill, But There's More To The Story

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

It was undoubtedly a victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Utah. After long negotiation, the state legislature on Wednesday pas...

The Pains of Hijacking the Muslim American Narrative

Marwa Azab | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion
Marwa Azab

I am not going to apologize for being Muslim, or for any crime I did not commit, no matter how seasoned and convincing the imposters of Islam have become, because an apology for a crime I did not commit, is insulting to my intellect and yours.

Introducing the Alert Silk System to Warn Businesses of the Gay Threat to Their Religious Liberties

Domenick Scudera | Posted 05.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

All gay people will wear an electronic transponder on their foreheads. As a homosexual enters through a business door, the transponder will be read by a receiving antenna. This will trigger a warning ("Gay! Gay! Gay! Danger! Gay! Gay! Gay!") alerting owners and workers that their religious liberties are about to be violated. A siren will wail and bright lights will flash.

The Dance for Pakistan's Soul

Aanya Niaz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Aanya Niaz

The Lahore Literary Festival is precisely a symbol of a battle, paying ode to devoted individuals, giving people cause and platform to believe that they can begin a conversation sharing their literary achievements, rather than the common defensive approach against terrorism.

Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

As we witness yet again the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, we have a majority of Republicans pining for a Christian America. Proponents of converting the United States into a theocracy do not see the terrible parallel between religious excess in the Middle East and here at home.

'We Stand United in Our Humanity'

Elham Manea | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Why does the Saudi government deny freedoms of speech, religion and political association to it citizens? As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, why does Saudi Arabia imprison a young man who committed no crime, who only created a blog calling for freedom?

Abercrombie & Fitch, The Supreme Court and You

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The Seventh-day Adventist church and those diverse organizations who joined our amicus brief hope and pray that the Supreme Court strikes down the Tenth Circuit Court's unreasonable ruling that the burden is on a job applicant to ask for a religious exemption for rules he or she doesn't even know exist.