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Religious Liberty

Sharia, Christia or Constitutional Law?

Herb Silverman | Posted 07.20.2016 | Religion
Herb Silverman

"In God we trust" became our controversial national motto in 1956 at the height of the Cold War, replacing the more inclusive E pluribus unum, Latin for "out of many, one." We are one nation under the Constitution, and our bedrock, secular principle is in the Constitution we trust.

The Perilous State Of Religious Liberty

Shayne Looper | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Shayne Looper

Religious liberty in the United States is in peril. Many of the people empowered to decide which behaviors merit civil protections and which do not are not religious people. They fail to understand religious liberty because they do not understand the religious life.

Religious Liberty Is Not Just For Christians

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Yesterday I heard a story on NPR about how Donald Trump is trying to include religious freedom in his campaign. The story raised the question of how f...

On Behalf of the LGBT Community, We Don't Want Your Pity

Mark Baer | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Baer

On the evening of June 11, 2016, we experienced the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, when Omar Mateen opened fire in a gay club in Orlando, Fl...

Judge Not...When the Judges Become the Judged

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Steve McSwain

Judge Not! Of course, like anything else, this would not be the case with every experience of life. There are things that happen around us and, sometimes, even to us that appear to be completely random and devoid of any rational explanation.

Republicans Turn God Upside Down with Their Twisted Version of Religious Liberty

Cody Cain | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

God understands the concept of religious freedom. Republicans, on the other hand, just don't get it. The Republican Party is seeking to enact laws a...

The Myths of Plymouth Rock

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

American schoolchildren learn that the Europeans who came to settle Plymouth colony did so for religious freedom. The implications of this story is t...

Ted Cruz' Religion Adviser Talks to God, Can Add Scripture to Bible

Bruce Wilson | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

In early March, the Cruz for President campaign announced the formation of an official Religious Liberty Advisory Council. One of the members of Cruz' advisory council, Bishop Harry Jackson, appears to be associated with the radical New Apostolic Reformation movement, to add new teachings to the Bible.

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

How Our Complacency Led Mississippi to Pass An Anti-LGBT Hate Law on Steroids

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The new law states specifically that those who believe that marriage "should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman" are empowered to discriminate in hiring, housing and public accommodations against gay couples.

In a Sense, Donald Trump Is Correct about Women and Abortions

Mark Baer | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
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Mark Baer

In a sense, Donald Trump is correct that women who have abortions if the procedure is banned should face "some sort of punishment." Before you misconstrue my opinion, please note that I have always been an advocate of pro-choice.

For the Supreme Court, March Comes in Like a Lion -- And Goes Out Like One, Too

Elliot Mincberg | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Elliot Mincberg

The far right knows the importance of this election for the Supreme Court. It is crucial that all Americans recognize that for the sake of all our rights, Election Day 2016 truly is judgment day.

Virginia Governor Vetoes Anti-LGBT 'Religious Freedom' Bill

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed businesses and individuals to cite their religious bel...

Religious Liberty and the Big Business of Catholic Nonprofits

Jon O'Brien | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

Imagine if your boss rifled through your purse to see if you were taking the pill. It may sound extreme, but that is what a Supreme Court case heard this session is going to decide: whether or not your employer has the right to interfere with your personal life when it comes to reproductive health.

Discrimination Is Not a Religious Value

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 03.29.2016 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

The "new commandment" Jesus gave his followers the night before he died was "love one another," but most certainly do not love one another by passing legislation that misuses religion as an excuse to discriminate against one another.

Georgia's Republican Governor Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) vetoed a bill Monday morning that would have allowed open discrimination against gay people, a huge victory...

Disney Threatens To Boycott Georgia If Anti-Gay Bill Becomes Law

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Disney and its Marvel Studios film unit won't make any more movies in Georgia if the governor signs a law allowing open discrimination a...

Finding God and Easter Eggs at the Supreme Court in North Carolina

Carolyn Davis | Posted 03.23.2016 | Religion
Carolyn Davis

For me, an ordained United Methodist minister and occasional theology professor and preacher, I cannot help but think first of the women who struggle every day to keep themselves and their families healthy in lean financial times. The women for whom an unplanned pregnancy could mean a lost job, physical risk or devastating financial expense.

Georgia's Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Bill Could Tank Atlanta's Super Bowl Bid

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Football League signaled Friday that it may pass over Atlanta as a Super Bowl site if the governor signs a law allowing ope...

Mississippi "Oddballs & Homos"

Charles Francis | Posted 03.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Francis

We have been here before to the Mississippi bottom-land of discrimination in the name of religion and "moral conviction".

Pope and Patriarch: An Unholy Alliance Against Women

Jon O'Brien | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

Secularism does not threaten religion; it lets religion thrive. You cannot have freedom of religion without freedom from religion -- it is a two-sided coin. Nowhere is this more evident than the way these faith leaders treat women's rights.

My Country: The Debate Over Religious and Civil Liberties

Stephen Seufert | Posted 03.01.2016 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

Going forward, Christians committed to religious liberty have two options: Continue fighting the culture war like Scalia did for the last few decades, or work to maintain religious liberties while not fighting, or at least staying neutral, during efforts to expand civil liberties.

Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" Bill is Bad for Our State

Rev. Timothy McDonald III | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Rev. Timothy McDonald III

This is not the first time Georgia has considered passing a "right to discriminate" bill. Why are our state representatives wasting time, again and again, pushing legislation that would harm Georgians and threaten to drive businesses out of the state?

GOP Candidates Are All About Religious Liberty, As Long As You Don't Ask About Muslims

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics

The issue of religious liberty is not very broad in the GOP. At Thursday's Republican presidential debate, candidates were asked who could be most tru...

How a Ferocious Backlash to LGBT Equality Is in Full Force While Leaders Have No Strategy

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

A backlash against LGBT equality is in full swing, eight months after marriage equality came to the entire nation, and it's not just happening in very conservative places.