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Ryan Rainey

REPORT: Anti-Gay Groups Promote Hate In Belize

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Rainey | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

American anti-gay groups have turned their attention away from politics at home and are now focused on restricting the rights of the LGBT community in...

The End of Religious Freedom

James Peron | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
James Peron

We are all free to believe anything we want. We are not free to do anything we want, just because we call it religion. Our rights end where the rights of others begin. This is a line of demarcation too many on the religious right refuse to accept.

David Sands

New Bill Says Counseling Students Can Deny Gay Clients

HuffingtonPost.com | David Sands | Posted 06.15.2012 | Detroit

Julea Ward was dismissed from a counseling program at Eastern Michigan University in 2009 after she refused to counsel a gay student based on her Chri...

Catholic Universities Sue Feds

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.22.2012 | College

Four colleges have filed lawsuits against the federal government over the new policy by the Obama administration mandating that employees of religious...

Michigan Student Allegedly Expelled For Anti-LGBT Views To Argue Religious Discrimination

Posted 01.27.2012 | Gay Voices

Julea Ward, an Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Student who was reportedly expelled from a counseling program because of her views on gay and lesbian...

John Celock

Tea Party Lawmakers Consider Shocking Women's Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics

New Hampshire's 2012 legislative session has not been a good one for women so far. House Republicans passed an amendment on Wednesday that would defun...

Diverse Coalition Urges Department of Education to Protect Freedom of Speech on Campus

Adam Kissel | Posted 03.07.2012 | College
Adam Kissel

Colleges are all over the map when they try to come up with their own definitions of sexual harassment. Our research has found hundreds of distinct formulations and examples, a large number of which are unconstitutional.

'War on Christmas' Soldiers Have No Foe

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The main target of this effort by the religious right is not an enemy looking to eliminate Christmas, as a word or a holiday. The real target is their existing audience of supporters.

Nurses Don't Have To Assist In Abortions, Hospital Agrees

Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion

By David Giambusso Religion News Service A teaching hospital will hire additional staff to help perform abortions after a group of nurses claimed ...

City Ban On After-School Worship Upheld

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 02.04.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court rejected on Monday a plea from a tiny evangelical church in the Bronx to overturn New York City's ban on religiou...

Tiny Bronx Church Awaiting Supreme Court Decision

AP | By JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 12.04.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- A Christian congregation with just 48 members and not even a storefront is hoping the Supreme Court will overturn a ruling that says holdi...

Religious Youth Group Sues School District Over Alleged Censorship

Posted 12.26.2011 | Education

A religious student group has filed suit in federal court against Oklahoma's Owasso Public Schools, claiming that the district has violated the group'...

Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and First Amendment Rights of College Faculty

David Moshman | Posted 06.18.2011 | College
David Moshman

We should not be lulled into complacency about the state of academic freedom. At the academic core of teaching and research, intellectual freedom is no longer protected by the First Amendment.

Judge: Teen Can Wear Anti-Gay Shirt To School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In 2006, Naperville's Neuqua Valley High School allowed students to participate in a nationwide "Day of Silence," which promotes tolerance of the gay ...

Cash-Strapped Cities Look To Tax Churches

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) When a community needs to rebuild crumbling roads, should houses of worship pay fees for the number of...

'Pulpit Freedom Sunday': Church Leaders To Defy IRS, Endorse Political Candidates

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Nearly 100 pastors across the country planned to take part in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an in-your-face challenge Sunday to what the government says can ...

U Of I Reviewing Firing Of Lecturer Who Said Homosexuality Was 'Morally Wrong'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The University of Illinois is now reviewing their firing of a professor who was removed after telling his class why the Catholic church believes that ...

Jane Norton Draws Fire From Right Wing For Not Answering Gay Rights Question (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Republican Senatorial hopeful Jane Norton continues to take shots from the right this week as a new Youtube video posted on a channel called ColoradoT...

Court: New York Must Recognize Gay Marriage In Other States

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's top court ruled Thursday that gay couples legally married elsewhere are entitled to some government benefits, boosting...

Girl Sues School For Ban On Anti-Abortion Protest

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — A New Jersey high school student claims in a federal lawsuit that school administrators violated her First Amendment free-s...

Gay Marriage Hits Top Court: New York Court Of Appeals To Consider Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — A Christian legal group seeking to stop New York agencies from recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside the state argued ...

'Pulpit Freedom Sunday': A Crusade to Turn Churches into Cogs in the Right-Wing's Political Machine

Rev. Barry Lynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rev. Barry Lynn

This Sunday, as many as three dozen pastors may knowingly violate federal tax law by endorsing U.S. Sen. John McCain from the pulpit.

Ministers To Defy IRS By Endorsing Candidates

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defying a federal tax law they consider unjust, 33 ministers across the country will take to their pulpits this Sunday and publicly endorse a candidat...

Pastor Endorsements Sought By Conservative Group Lobbying IRS

Washington Post | Peter Slevin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Declaring that clergy have a constitutional right to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, the socially conservative Alliance De...