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Religious Liberty

Mormons and 'Religious Liberty' -- Wolves in Sheep's Clothing?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Sincerely held beliefs can be wrong -- even in light of core tenets of a person's faith, let alone constitutional laws. Equality before the law does not infringe on any core religious belief in any religion. All religions teach that others should be treated with kindness and respect.

Alabama Marriage Mess Shows Dangers of Distorted 'Religious Liberty' Claims

Paul Gordon | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Across Alabama, local judges are openly defying a federal judicial order to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The New York Times reported yesterday that 44 of the state's 67 counties were not granting licenses. The state is a checkerboard where gay and lesbian Alabamans are locked out of full citizenship across vast swaths of the state based on the whims of local officials.

Alabama Marriage Equality Tantrum Is a Slap in the Face to All Americans

Alvin McEwen | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

If state judges can get away with ignoring a federal ruling simply because they do not agree with said ruling on whatever grounds, they are giving themselves precedent to ignore any and all federal rulings they do not agree with.

My Fellow Christians, What Do We Do When Your Religious Beliefs Violate My Religious Beliefs?

Lorie Burch | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Lorie Burch

I'm not saying my religious beliefs are the way for everyone to live or believe. But neither are yours. In fact, they are not truly universal religious beliefs but your personal beliefs. And that's OK. But you don't get to impose those on everyone else to prevent them from living, working, and loving with the same freedom that you are afforded by virtue of who you are.

Mosque Controversy in Georgia

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Muslim-Americans in Kennesaw, Georgia who had hoped to use space in a retail shopping center as a prayer center recently had to confront hateful and ignorant comments from some residents, accusing them of being "enemies" and "infiltrators."

Je Suis Charlie: In Defense of Free Speech

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

It is time for Muslim imams to lead their flocks in recognizing free speech and free exercise of religion as integral part of Islam. It is time for Western societies to stop asking Muslims what they feel every time radicals perpetrate yet another spectacular act of violence. Only then will "Je suis Charlie" find real meaning.

Jeb Bush: 'Respect' My Opposition to Your Civil Rights Because 'Religious Liberty'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Once again many in the media have fallen for GOP strategists' attempts to make a candidate seem moderate --"soften" and "softening" seem to be the words of choice for CNN and others -- while he's not changed his hardcore right-wing position at all.

Reproductive Justice -- Mainstreaming a Radical Vision

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Reproductive justice embraces the interrelationship of reproductive freedom, religious liberty, and equality, among other rights and freedoms, as vital to creating meaningful social change and justice for everyone. It means supporting fundamental human rights -- the right to have full autonomy over our bodies.

Pastafarians Go Mainstream

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Given their antic and piratical culture, not to mention their tendency to pray "In the Name of the Pasta, and of the Sauce, and of the Holy Meatballs," I asked Desky if Pastafarians should be regarded as authentic worshipers of His Spaghettiness or just in it for the, uh, saucy fun.

Did The Restaurant Owner Actually Say That To A Rabbi?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

A Mississippi rabbi and a restaurant owner have agreed to sit down and talk about a salad order gone wrong. Very wrong. Rabbi Ted Riter, of Jac...

Tennessee Cheerleaders Sidestep Their School's Prayer Ban

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion

A group of Tennessee cheerleaders decided to bring prayer back to the football field. Oneida High School administrators instituted a moment of sile...

Is It Time for Government to Recognize the Rights of Pastafarians?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Whether or not you think the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a joke, the stakes are quite serious. Indeed, they go right to the heart of two essential questions: What is nature of religion, and what is the role of government?

Players Banned From Wearing Cross Decal On Helmets

Religion News Service | Dan Wolken | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets after a complaint that it violated separation of church...

Pastafarian Wears Spaghetti Strainer In Oklahoma Driver's License Photo

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

When it came to her driver’s license photo, one Oklahoma woman had no problem taking her glasses off to give the camera a clear shot of her face. ...

A Lesbian Mother on the Discriminatory 'Inclusion Act' Endorsed by Catholic Bishops

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

The so-called Inclusion Act does nothing to protect children. To the contrary, it could continue depriving children of potentially loving, stable homes. And it does nothing to protect religious liberty.

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.

Love Wins: The Shifting Landscape on LGBT Issues in the Evangelical Church

Rod Snyder | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Today I identify as a gay evangelical Christian, and I have a unique understanding and perspective from both sides of an issue that has become the cultural flashpoint of our generation.

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 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.

ENDA Was Awful Before Hobby Lobby

Noah Baron | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Noah Baron

ENDA is to employment nondiscrimination what civil unions are to marriage -- a token, but ultimately simply another reminder that LGBT persons are regarded as less-than, and that discrimination against us is regarded as more legitimate than it is against nearly any other group in the United States today.

WATCH: After The Gavel: The Supreme Court, The Future And You

Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:40 - 3:40pm MDT (4:40 - 5:40pm EST). As the Supreme Court wrap up its term, a team of legal experts debates the big decisions, part...

Reclaiming the Sacred: Five Uniting Religious Principles

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

While we may never be able to stop violence in the name of religion, we can prevent it at home and in our lives by remembering and instilling in each other basic ethical principles that are held by all religious traditions.

Michael McAuliff

Conservative Thinks Discrimination Isn't Discrimination If Christians Do It

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the difficulties that religious advocates have is that many seem to think the ideas and beliefs that they hold most dear are some...

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.

ACLU Steps In When School Allegedly Tells Boy He Can't Read Bible

Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

On March 20, staff at Tennessee's Cannon County REACH after-school program reportedly told a student he was not allowed to read his Bible at school. I...