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Religious Freedom

LGBT Civil Rights and Religious Liberty: The Challenge

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Since much homophobia and transphobia is rooted in misogyny, it's clear to me that in order to cleanse our faith-based institution of anti-LGBT bigotry, we're going to have to do a much better job of dealing with the pervasive sexism. That will require a very long-term effort.

Open Letter to: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel From MRFF Founder and President Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

The Air Force ought to be a level-playing-field meritocracy where its members are fairly evaluated, rated, and stratified based on their demonstrated character, integrity, and accomplishments, and not on the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their gender, or the nature of their religious faith or their absence of religious faith.

President Obama's Strong Choice to Advance International Religious Freedom

Michael Wear | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Michael Wear

Yesterday, President Obama nominated Rabbi David Saperstein to serve as the United States' Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom. Saperstein would be the first non-Christian to serve in the role.

Japan's Policy of Denial on Religious Freedom

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Aaron Rhodes

For decades, Japanese authorities have looked the other way when families have attempted to force adult children to recant their religious faith by abducting them and subjecting them to physical and psychological coercion.

Religious Persecution Makes Migrants Out Of Millions

Religion News Service | Brian Pellot | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) And then there were nine. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday (July 28) that Turkmenistan has joined the State Department’s list...

Obama Names First Non-Christian Ambassador For Religious Freedom

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe & Brian Pellot | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama on Monday (July 28) said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international rel...

The Hobby Lobby Decision Makes 'Religious Freedom' A Euphemism For Imposing Religious Doctrine. America Should Beware.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

One's religion should never interfere legally with the personal habits of another person; even if those behaviors pertain to eating horribly, smoking, hiking in dangerous terrain, and especially sexual activity.

How Gay Rights And Religious Freedom Are Impacted By Obama's Executive Order

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) One of the toughest political calculations in Washington is balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religi...

How Hobby Lobby Killed Religious Liberty

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a disaster for women, and we can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration.

Religious Freedom On My Mind

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

It is time to blow the whistle on religious demagogues who say they are victims if they are not allowed to take away the rights of others.

When We Should Not Have to Choose: Religious Exemptions, LGBTQ Communities and Immigrant Justice

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

Religious exemptions are not only an excuse for businesses and organizations to discriminate against LGBTQ people. They also raise the question of who can participate equally and openly in public life in this country.

Coming in from the Cold: Pew Survey Reveals Continuing Icy Attitudes toward Muslims

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

Prejudice against Muslims and Islam is still rampant among the U.S. public, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Institute.

Not All Christians: How the Progressive Agenda Might Benefit From 'Judging Not'

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

Mocking Christians for living in the past doesn't just alienate Christians; it alienates moderates, independents and future millennial voters. Trying to defame and decry social liberalism backfired for conservatives, so what's to stop the same tactics from backfiring on us?

Expansive Government Threatens Religious Liberty, the First Freedom

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should be protected from interference with their faith as well as attempts by others to impose their beliefs. The institutions of government and church should be kept far apart, while the political realm is left open to arguments of all sorts, whether based on theism, humanism, or something else.

Why Are We Still Fighting Over Birth Control in the 21st Century?

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Walking home from the Capitol recently, I saw the words engraved above the portico of the Supreme Court: "Equal justice under law." They don't say "equal justice under law except for women." They don't say "equal justice as long as it's OK with your boss." And yet that is exactly what the court majority said in its ruling.

While Americans Debate Impact of Hobby Lobby Ruling, Religious Persecution Mounts Worldwide

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

While we here in America continue the Hobby Lobby debate, there are religious freedom matters with serious life and death consequences elsewhere in the world right now, today, which also deserve your attention.

Religious Freedom Is In Peril In These Countries Around The World

www.nytimes.com | Nicholas Kristof | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion

A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, after she refuses to reno...

Corporations as Sovereign

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

"Persons" who are not subject to the same laws as the rest of us, who are able to force their employees to follow the same religious restriction they hold, who can control elections without accountability or transparency, and who can act with impunity sound awfully like the monarchs of old.

What the Founding Fathers Really Learned from the Puritans About Religious Freedom

MOMocrats | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion
MOMocrats

In the days of the New World, the earliest leaders of the colonies were often the reverends and other church leaders. The rule of law was God's law, as interpreted by the church leaders.

Rift Over Religious Exemption In Anti-LGBT Discrimination Order

AP | DAVID CRARY and LISA LEFF | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive ord...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Lawyers: Corporations May Be People Under Law, But Actual Humans In Gitmo Are Not

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the Supreme Court ruled last month that for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby should be considered "persons" under a law intend...

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

A Grandmother on "Debts," "Trespasses" and Flipping "Religious Freedom" on its Head

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

Growing up, I began to understand that religious freedom, a bedrock of American society, indeed means no bossing anyone about religious beliefs -- not the government, not faith communities, not individuals and, looking at the present issue, not their corporations.

Burqah Ban, Multiculturalism and Secularism

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Raza Habib Raja

As the globe becomes more cosmopolitan, it becomes even more important to get our balance right. And a correct balance is what underpins liberal secularism.

Why the Hobby Lobby Decision Is a Stunning Setback for Women's Rights

Lisa Bloom | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Lisa Bloom

Defensively, the five Catholic male Supreme Court justices in the majority took some time to insist that their ruling is narrow. Don't believe it. The decision is a radical departure from prior law with monumental implications.