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Religious Liberty

The Refugees Who Came for Thanksgiving

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Irene Monroe

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time's spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance - present and historical.

US Bishops Conference Betrays Catholic Church

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

As the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) concludes its annual meeting this week, it reveals itself as grossly out of touch with both grassroots Catholicism and with Pope Francis.

Contraception and the Use and Abuse of Religious Liberty

Noah Baron | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Noah Baron

Allowing religious organizations to claim, under the guise of tolerance, nearly anything to be a burden upon the exercise of their beliefs would be a substantial step toward the creation of the private hells the late political philosopher Brian Barry warned against.

I Am an Out-and-Proud Happy Face Carved Into an Open, Pussy Sore

Domenick Scudera | Posted 11.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

The 'open sores' wedding imagery was supplied by pastor Kevin Swanson, the organizer of last week's National Religious Liberties Conference, which was attended by the three GOP presidential hopefuls.

Christian Persecution Peddlers Want Special Treatment -- Not Religious Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Christian persecution has become a new religion for many. These people take it on faith that a war on Christianity is being waged in America. The reality is, the only war being waged right now is one to define the religious freedoms afforded to Americans by the Constitution.

Houston: We Have A Problem

Donna Red Wing | Posted 11.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

LGBT and progressive groups from around the nation outspent the opposition and brought in political leaders and celebrities in support of the ordinance. But it was the conservatives, armed with their hard-hitting "bathroom campaign" and religious liberty rhetoric who resonated with voters.

Religious Liberty Is Not a Weapon of Discrimination

Donna Red Wing | Posted 11.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Religious liberty should not and cannot be used as a weapon of discrimination. We need to be very clear that we will not allow the radical religious right to undermine the rights and liberties of LGBT Americans or anyone else under the guise of religious liberty.

Conscientious Objection and Religious Freedom

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

Ms. Davis has every right to her religious principles. As an elected official, she has every right to hold her office. However, gay couples also now have the right to obtain marriage licenses in Rowan County. As a result, Ms. Davis has several choices.

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.