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Religious Liberty

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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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.

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

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 04.19.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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.