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Religious Liberty

Religious Freedom Day 2016

Rev. Libby M. Grammer | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion
Rev. Libby M. Grammer

My hope for the future of Christians involved in U.S. politics is that we are continually more thoughtful, and not less, and that we provide hope to nation and not more fear-based politicizing of every issue.

President Obama and Progressives: Christian Right Is Wrong About Religious Freedom

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

The idea of what religious freedom means is not a settled matter. But Clarkson offers a definition that allows progressives to reclaim religious liberty from conservative Christians who have perverted its meaning in service of theocratic agendas.

The Religious Right and The Erosion of Religious Liberty

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer

I'm a Mayflower descendant. My maternal grandmother was Delores Howland, some 16 or so generations removed from John Howland. His home still stands in Plymouth, and I have been there to sign the descendants' book.

Religious Liberty and the Neolithic Mindset of Justice Scalia

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

It's not enough for individual believers to worship God as they see fit -- a right which I and most Americans are happy to acknowledge and protect. According to Scalia, the government must place its thumb on the scale and promote and advance religion over non-religion.

The Christian Right Should Be The Strongest Supporters Of Church And State Separation

John W. Traphagan | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
John W. Traphagan

Members of the Christian right should be among the strongest supporters of the Establishment Clause, because it allows them to believe what they want, even if what they want is anathema to freedom of religion.

Federal Funding Is Not a Form of Religious Liberty

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Church-related universities can choose to believe what they want and practice their faith in whatever ways they choose. What they should not be able to is to do is to discriminate against transgender, lesbian, and gay students and staff and receive federal benefits while so doing.

Democrats Take A Stand: Condemn Anti-Muslim Bigotry in 2016 Presidential Campaign

Christine Pelosi | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We have a chance to choose hope over fear. For our Muslim brothers and sisters' sake, for our American family's sake, for our nation's sake, let us choose wisely.

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.