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Religious Liberty

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.

Religious Liberty Not to Be Used As a Weapon of Discrimination

Donna Red Wing | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Dick and Betty Odgaard are in the process of closing the Gortz-Haus and creating their own ministry called God's Original Design Ministry.

Igor Bobic

Rick Santorum: Charleston Shooting 'Clearly' Motivated By Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) didn't equivocate Friday when asked about the nature of an attack by a white gunman on a hist...

Why the Supreme Court's Abercrombie Decision Is a Game Changer for Sikh-Americans

Gurjot Kaur | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Gurjot Kaur

On Monday, Abercrombie & Fitch faced a major defeat in its interpretation of religious discrimination law and employees of faith, especially visibly religious minorities, breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Liberty Is a Two-Way Street: Reconciling Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The language of the Court's substantive due process opinions is often imprecise. And there is room for reasoned disagreement about particular decisions. But the essential premise upon which they depend is sound, and defenders of limited government should embrace it.

William Barber: The Ugly History Behind 'Religious Freedom' Laws

Washington Spectator | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Washington Spectator

We must make clear that religion serves the common good when it cries out against injustice, not when it dictates personal morality. Extremists in our state houses are echoing George Wallace and Jim Clark when they pretend to talk about morality in order to hold on to power.

Protect Religious Liberty: Christians and Other Minority Faiths Face Violent Attacks in Middle East and Beyond

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Doug Bandow

Religious persecution did not end with Nero and the Roman Empire. In fact, punishment of and hostility toward people of faith is increasing.

The Way Forward On Religious Freedom And LGBT Civil Rights

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice is informing our personal lives,...

Animal House: The Right-Wing Anti-LGBT Counteroffensive

Dana Beyer | Posted 06.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby last summer, recognizing for the first time a (closely held) for-profit corporation's claim of religious belief, has only fueled the flames of possibility for religious conservatives. That was the beginning, setting the table for the resistance.

Religion and RFRA -- Fix it? Nix it?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

The Indiana firestorm over a bill designed to pass off discrimination as religious liberty may serve as an unintended stepping stone to equal protection under the law for all Americans -- including LGBTQ Americans -- but this will not happen if we let down our guard.

How "Legal to Discriminate" Became "Freedom and Liberty"

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

What reverberates in our skulls is the obvious disconnect between reality and this tired conservative storyline. A bully calling his victim a bully is hard to digest.

Gabriel Arana

Gays Hate America And Other Right-Wing Talking Points On Indiana

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 04.03.2015 | Media

Right-wing talking heads have had a busy week defending Indiana's anti-LGBT "religious liberty" law, which critics say would allow business-owners to ...

Gaypocalypse Now

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

In truth, one must apply to be gay once the decision to be homosexual has been made. The process is similar to applying to college. You supply background information, transcripts, and fill out an essay.

A Spellbinding Week: What Are the Gains and Losses for LGBT Rights, and What Battles Lie Ahead?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Yes, be proud of our work this week. But there's so much more to do. Don't think our opponents aren't already regrouping and calibrating their next attack, moving on to other states. We cannot fool ourselves, dazzled by the events, into thinking that because we won a media battle, we have won the war.

Don't Nix Indiana Religious Freedom Law, Fix It

Gurjot Kaur | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Gurjot Kaur

While business leaders and civil rights groups are right to criticize Indiana's government for allegedly targeting same-sex couples in the state for discrimination under the banner of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), we should not throw RFRA out with the bathwater.

RFRA 101: A Brief History Of The Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Religion News Service | Jay Michaelson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Before this week, few people had heard of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act or could even pronounce its acronym, RFRA (Riff-ra), even though...

Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Al Sharpton

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life.

Christian Paranoia Makes for Awful Legislation

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Christians across the country are paranoid. In their minds, there is an unmitigated war on Christianity, where Christians are becoming the most ostrac...

Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point, Ignoring the Gospel, and Losing a Generation

Rod Snyder | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people.

Bibi and I Discuss the One-State Solution

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2015 | World
David Moshman

No one is proposing anarchy -- the no-state solution. Mathematically, that leaves us with the one-state solution. More precisely, it leaves us with many possible one-state solutions, and plenty to discuss.

Religious Liberty in Utah: Eyes Wide Shut

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

In the name of progress and compromise, we may be setting ourselves up to be pawns in a global strategy of placing religious rights over all other constitutional and civil liberties.

Discrimination Masked as Religious Freedom? Not in My Name.

Rev. Timothy McDonald III | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Timothy McDonald III

My faith tells me that I should stand up for the marginalized. That I should speak out against proposals that could deny basic rights to others -- especially when it's being done in the name of religion.

Introducing the Alert Silk System to Warn Businesses of the Gay Threat to Their Religious Liberties

Domenick Scudera | Posted 05.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

All gay people will wear an electronic transponder on their foreheads. As a homosexual enters through a business door, the transponder will be read by a receiving antenna. This will trigger a warning ("Gay! Gay! Gay! Danger! Gay! Gay! Gay!") alerting owners and workers that their religious liberties are about to be violated. A siren will wail and bright lights will flash.