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Religious Liberty

Hobby Lobby Déjà Vu at the Supreme Court

Brigitte Amiri | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Brigitte Amiri

The new Supreme Court term starts today, and sometime this fall the court will consider whether to hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that health insurance provide coverage for contraception without a co-pay. Wait -- didn't that already happen, you ask?

Marriage Equality Opponents Need to Admit Actual Reason for Their Loss

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

It is well beyond time that the lgbt community recognize and call out this ridiculous Kim Davis drama for what it is - merely a sideshow to cover up the fact that the overall case against marriage equality was nothing more than a pitiful delusion.

Fighting for Planned Parenthood and Religious Liberty

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

I believe it is so critically important for people of faith to speak out AS people of faith when access to health care for women is turned into a bargaining chip in a game of political brinkmanship.

America, The Next Hobby Lobby Case Is Heading For The Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

A federal appeals court on Thursday became the first in the nation to rule that the so-called contraceptive accommodation under the Affordable Ca...

All You Need To Know About GOP Anti-Gay Bigotry For 2016

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

From immigration to foreign policy, the GOP, via its field of presidential candidates, has shown it is as extreme as ever. And, no matter the pundits' claims or the hopes of some gay activists, that holds true on LGBT rights as well.

There's a Woman in the United States Whose Religious Freedom Is Under Attack, But Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz are Silent

Brian Joyce | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Brian Joyce

It would be nice to see some real defenders of religious freedom on the Christian right. It would be nice to see the Christian right acknowledge, once and for all, that religious liberty applies to all Americans, not just Christian conservatives in the heartland like Kim Davis.

How Kim Davis's Imprisonment Is A Win for Religious Freedom

Brandan Robertson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

It is easy to spin Kim Davis's story as one of persecution. It's easy to get on FOX News and warn pastors that this is what's coming for them if they refuse to perform same-sex marriage. But to do so would be dishonest. Because the reality is that Kim Davis is not being persecuted for her faith, she is reaping the consequences of refusing to do her job as an agent of the state.

Kim Davis And The Freedom of Religion

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Kim Davis situation raises interesting questions about the meaning and practical effect of the freedom of religion. Although, for reasons that I will explain, the issue today is one of public policy, rather than constitutional law, the evolution of constitutional principles in this realm is illuminating.

How Kim Davis' Defenders Are Sounding Increasingly Absurd and Desperate

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Anderson writes that Kim Davis didn't need to go to jail if only we'd made "accommodations" for state employees like her in the way that he says North Carolina did earlier this year by passing a law shielding those employees. And he holds that problematic law up as a model.

No Refuge in Scripture or In Law: Why Kim Davis Must Do Her Job, Resign, or Remain In Jail

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 09.05.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

This is not Kim Davis's situation. The state has not put her to a choice: Obey God's law or man's. If she truly believes that she cannot reconcile her responsibilities as an elected official with her interpretation of the Bible, then she is duty-bound to resign from office.

Kim Davis Is No Christian Hero

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

No one has to marry gay people, go to gay weddings, or believe same-sex marriage is acceptable within their particular faith tradition. But they also absolutely cannot try to take away civil rights, freedom, justice and liberty from those they disagree with.

When Your Religious Liberty Touches the End of My Nose

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

Do you know that the Kentucky county clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples has been married four times and allegedly gave birth to twins fathered by another man five months after her first divorce? At best, this is irony, at worst, hypocrisy.

Christian Faith Is Not a Campaign Strategy

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 08.21.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Citizenship and Christianity are not the same thing, and, while, of course, people bring their religious convictions to the voting booth, the goal of Christians should not be to use the state to advance the goals of religion.

Religious Liberty, Marriage Licenses and Losing a Job for the Gospel

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

If you really believe doing your job is against your faith, then quitting would be an act of faith. Defying the law so two people you will never see again can't get married? Not so much.


Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

News Flash: There is a critical difference between feeling excluded because you're disagreed with and being excluded because of who you are.

Social Media & Censorship: Freedom of Expression and Risk

Layla Revis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology
Layla Revis

If we are too afraid to say things because the consequences outweigh human progress, then we must all ask ourselves, "What are we even living for?"

Gay Marriage, as a Civil Right, Does Not Violate Religious Liberty

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Christine Stoddard

There are many versions of Christianity. My favorite version is that of hippie Jesus: God is love, pure and simple. I hope that love will continue to win.

Celebrating Freedom Of -- And Freedom From -- Religion

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Your personal opinions and beliefs about who should or should not be getting married has absolutely no bearing on who you issue marriage licenses to as a county clerk. Period.

Ford Worker Fired For Anti-Gay Comment Sues For Religious Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

A former Ford Motor Co. engineer says in a lawsuit that the automaker violated his religious freedom when it fired him for posting an anti-gay comment...

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Same-Sex Marriage and Evangelical Fear

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

By accepting this alternate reality in which there is a Big Bad Wolf, a Voldemort on the loose, my own tribe is failing miserably at seeing the very real opportunities that a legal decision like this presents.

Happily Ever After: Religious Freedom Prevails at Walt Disney World

Heather L. Weaver | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Heather L. Weaver

When Gurdit Singh was offered a job in 2008 as a mail carrier at Walt Disney World, he was thrilled. On his first day, however, it quickly became apparent that his new job might not be the path to happily ever after he had imagined.

Why 'Gay Marriage' Is Dead but the Battle Just Became Much Bigger

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Women and minorities have secured some rights that are here to stay -- different for each group -- while other rights are still elusive or being stripped away. There is always a backlash to equality, and it could last a very long time, as bigotry doesn't die easily. Like every group, LGBT people have to remain vigilant.

The Welcome Challenges of Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

In celebration of Obergefell v. Hodge we went out for drinks at Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square. While enjoying the evening summer breeze, my spouse said we could have this experience all year if we moved to a milder climate. I snapped back and said, "I ain't moving to Georgia!" And that's what marriage equality looks like.

Why the Right's Response to Marriage Equality Is Anything But Principled

Paul Gordon | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Civil marriage is a civil function, not a religious one. That's why when government employees in our country have had religious objections to divorce and remarriage, they have still had to do their jobs.

Religious Liberty

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

Those who have fought same-gender marriage now express fears that they will be called upon to do things their consciences will not permit and are clamoring for "religious liberty." I can't help but smile at their naïveté.