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Religious Freedom

Why the Catholic Church's Suppression of Abortion Dissent Should Concern Us All

Patricia Miller | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Patricia Miller

Sadly, while many Catholics today would find it preposterous that anyone affiliated with the church could support abortion rights, prominent Catholics once addressed questions about the morality and legality of abortion in ways that were beneficial not just to Catholics but to society as a whole.

What's at Stake in Hobby Lobby

Joel Richard Paul | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Joel Richard Paul

The media has mischaracterized the case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, either as an attack on the Affordable Care Act or as a threat to women's access to contraceptives. The media misses the real point.

President Obama Invites Narendra Modi To The U.S. Despite Visa Ban

Reuters | David Brunnstrom and Steve Holland | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated new Indian leader Narendra Modi on his election victory on Friday and invited him to the White H...

The Supreme Trivialization of Prayer

Jim Burklo | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

The surest way to weaken a religion is to get the government to endorse it.That may not have been the insight that led the founders of the United Stat...

Protesters Of Mississippi Anti-Gay Law Plan To Disrupt Governor's Speech

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At a leafy college campus in north Mississippi and an upscale dinner club in New York, groups are protesting a Mississippi law...

Heaven Help Us: The Public Prayer Debate

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Whether a "ceremonial" prayer is really required to open a government meeting, yet alone makes any difference, seems a rather unimportant question given the serious challenges we face in this country these days but it does invite us to reflect on what is happening with regard to the separation of church and state -- one of the great innovations in governing.

Supreme's Decision (Re)Enforces Christian Supremacy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I am disappointed, I am not surprised by the court's (re)inscription of a Christian religious imposition and imperative in the public square by maintaining a long-standing tradition.

Religious Conversion Stories and Musical Chairs

Thom Nickels | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Thom Nickels

Simply put, religious conversion stories are bound to offend sizeable groups of people. Religious people of one faith may label someone in their own camp who goes over to another faith as a traitor, deluded or perhaps as having fallen into heresy.

Alabama, Islam and the Founding Fathers' Belief in Religious Tolerance

Craig Considine | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

Recent comments made by the Chief Justice of Alabama shows that much work needs to be done in educating some of America's most powerful figures on the...

5 Facts Islamophobia Deniers Just Don't Get

Qasim Rashid | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

While I hope not, it is likely that some Islamophobia deniers will continue to demonize Muslims who claim they've been discriminated against. Such demonizing is a slanted narrative devoid of common sense. Don't fall for it.

North Carolina Vs. Freedom of Religion

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

If we are going to fight for the rights to exercise our faith as our conscience dictates, as is our Constitutional right in the United States, then we must get behind this lawsuit in North Carolina as this is, plain and simple, a freedom of religion question.

Spilled Milk: Scouting for My Son's America

William Lucas Walker | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
William Lucas Walker

Sometimes it's tricky explaining America to an 8-year-old. When our daughter was that age, the trick was explaining marriage. Now it's our son James who's turned 8. This time the America I find myself having to explain is the Boy Scouts of America.

Courthouse Bars Sikh Man From Jury Duty For Carrying Religious Object

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion

California Sikhs demonstrated outside the Sutter County Superior Courthouse in Yuba City, California, on Tuesday to protest the exclusion of Gursant S...

Government Directed Church Demolition Worries China's Christians

Agence France Presse | Bill Savadove | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion

The destruction of a towering church by Chinese authorities has sown fear in a thriving Christian community and highlighted tensions between a rapidly...

Hirsi Ali: Telling a Critic From an Islamophobe

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

There is a difference between critiquing Islam and spreading irrational fear of Muslims. There is a difference between intellectually commenting on a religion and inciting hatred of its adherents.

Religious Freedom Wars: Why the UCC's Lawsuit Against NC Gay Marriage Ban Matters for Every American

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

You cannot make peace if you do not even know you are in a war, and people of faith and conscience in this country need to realize that the very rights that the Constitution protects are under siege by those who abuse and misuse constitutional guarantees.

Jaweed Kaleem

State's New Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Could Turn 'Everything On Its Head'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.01.2014 | Gay Voices

An unusual lawsuit in North Carolina is shifting the conversation about religious freedom -- and could be driving a wedge between some major opponents...

Clergy Members Take Unusual Approach In Lawsuit Against Gay Marriage Ban

AP | MITCH WEISS | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A coalition of clergy members filed a novel federal lawsuit Monday against North Carolina's constitutional ban on gay marriag...

Defending True Religious Liberty: Church Files Lawsuit in Support of Marriage Equality

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

This morning in Charlotte, NC, the United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court. This suit argues that the current law in NC, as it pertains to marriage, violates religious freedom by prohibiting UCC ministers, and other clergy, from officiating at same-sex marriages.

Why the Freedom of Faith Act Matters

Murali Balaji | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Passing the Freedom of Faith Act would not only help to advance our nation's pluralism, but safeguard the religious freedom enshrined in our Constitution.

Freedom of Religion

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Jill S. Tietjen

Today, we are able to exercise our religious beliefs because of the courageous women and men who came before us. Let's learn about some of the women who strove for religious freedom.

Why Hobby Lobby Loses Even If It Wins at the Supreme Court

Mary Buffett | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

I want to talk about the fallout when senior management chooses to politicize their brands. The current legal thinking, by those in the know, is that Hobby Lobby will win 5-4 and Anthony Kennedy will cast the deciding vote.

From Rejection to Redemption

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Naphtali Hoff

Still, what kind of life do we live when we are filled with bitter resentment and refuse to move forward and embrace new opportunities?

It's Time for the Senate to Support the Religious Freedom Envoy to Middle East, Central Asia

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

It seemed like a simple, symbolic piece of legislation that elected officials of all political affiliations could quickly agree on, right? After all, who could be opposed to a special envoy dedicated to protecting the rights of religious minorities in some of the most troubled regions of the world?

Humility, the Religious-Secular Divide and the 'Very Survival of Western Society'

David Briggs | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The idea that there are different forms of belief and unbelief, and that many people are on a common journey to greater understanding, shines through Halik's writing and his work in promoting dialogue among religious and secular individuals.