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Religious Freedom

Catholic Church Says It Doesn't Have To Show Up In Court After Fired Female Teacher Files Suit

Mother Jones | Molly Redden | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion

When Emily Herx first took time off work for in vitro fertilization treatment, her boss offered what sounded like words of support: "You are in my pra...

Same-Sex Marriage and Physician-Assisted Dying: The Connection

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

Religious institutions have always wanted to exercise as much control over the individual as possible, but especially in the critical areas of marriage, birth, and death.

Whose (Health Care) Conscience Is It, Anyway?

Janet Chung | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Janet Chung

More and more, we live in a world where the religious beliefs of those who want to refuse health care services trump the rights of patients who deserve and need those services. This is untenable. The time has come to return the focus to patients.

Turkey's Opportunity With the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is an ace up the strategic sleeve of the Turkish state; it can be used to advance peace and preach unity.

Lila Shapiro

Two Ministers Claim They Could Face 180 Years In Jail For Refusing To Do Gay Weddings

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Less than two weeks after a federal appeals court struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage, two ministers in the northwestern Idaho city of Coeu...

The Single Greatest Civil Rights Threat of Our Time

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

We live in a time where the very freedom to express our respective faith values stands threatened -- a road we have never been down before.

Pastafarians Go Mainstream

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Given their antic and piratical culture, not to mention their tendency to pray "In the Name of the Pasta, and of the Sauce, and of the Holy Meatballs," I asked Desky if Pastafarians should be regarded as authentic worshipers of His Spaghettiness or just in it for the, uh, saucy fun.

Donald and Lynn Knapp, The 'Hitching Post' and the Sanctity of the Wedding Mill

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

When you're officiating only 1,400 weddings a year, you have plenty of time have conversations with the couples who are entering into this sacred covenant of "biblical marriage".

Death With Dignity Is a Matter of Personal Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If you have visited a news oriented website recently, you have likely heard the story of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who has an inoperable brain tumor. Rather than let the tumor dictate the terms of her death, she proactively sought an option that would allow her to end her life in a dignified and humane fashion.

Ted Cruz, the Houston Hype, and the Dishonesty of the Anti-Equality Movement

Peter Montgomery | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

As exciting as it is to hear the alarm bells and read the hyperventilating emails, the truth is far less dramatic. Sorry, Sen. Cruz, but the government is not policing sermons for political correctness. It's not going to start tossing anti-gay preachers in jail.

Focus On The Family Wants You To Bring Your Bible To School Today

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.16.2014 | Religion

Christian group Focus on the Family sponsored a "Bring Your Bible To School Day" on Thursday encouraging students to exert their First Amendment right...

Why We Must Resist the Impulse of "On to the Next Thing"

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The reality is that the world is a big place and evil lurks in many corners. It's hard to find the emotional bandwidth to care about each and every new report concerning religious persecution in one foreign nation or another.

As a Minister My Religious Freedom Changes with SCOTUS

Rev. Marie Siroky | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Marie Siroky

Media has been woefully silent on the countless large faith communities that affirm marriage between couples of same sex. Many for decades. Thus facts are a beautiful thing.

Freedom of Religion Does Not Mean Absence of Religion

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

While the NFL has had its share of trouble this season, the height of absurdity was reached recently. Monday night, Husain Abdullah, scored a touchd...

Mad Monks: Wirathu, Sri Lanka, and Diverting Democracy in Burma

Jack Healey | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Human rights are for all, and Burma's freedoms have been long fought for both inside the country and internationally that sought to increase freedoms and not to merely switch roles in a game of oppression. Let us move forward for human rights for all and to realizing the dream of the UDHR.

Pakistan's Second Amendment is Root Cause of Sectarianism

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Forty years ago this day, Pakistan passed the second amendment to its Constitution, forcibly declaring the Ahmadis non-Muslim. It was this day that Pakistan started drifting away from the vision of its valiant founder.

Did The Restaurant Owner Actually Say That To A Rabbi?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

A Mississippi rabbi and a restaurant owner have agreed to sit down and talk about a salad order gone wrong. Very wrong. Rabbi Ted Riter, of Jac...

Tennessee Cheerleaders Sidestep Their School's Prayer Ban

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion

A group of Tennessee cheerleaders decided to bring prayer back to the football field. Oneida High School administrators instituted a moment of sile...

Meriam Ibrahim Opens Up About Time In Sudanese Prison: 'I Was Sure God Would Stand By My Side'

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

Meriam Ibrahim is safe on American soil -- and her faith has never been stronger. The young Christian mother, who spent six months shackled to a pr...

Christian Ritual May Be Putting Worshipers At Risk For Ebola

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion

Nigerian Christians are fearful that practicing one of their religion’s most sacred rites might lead to death by Ebola. In response to the sprea...

Is It Time for Government to Recognize the Rights of Pastafarians?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Whether or not you think the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a joke, the stakes are quite serious. Indeed, they go right to the heart of two essential questions: What is nature of religion, and what is the role of government?

Players Banned From Wearing Cross Decal On Helmets

Religion News Service | Dan Wolken | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets after a complaint that it violated separation of church...

Pastafarian Wears Spaghetti Strainer In Oklahoma Driver's License Photo

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

When it came to her driver’s license photo, one Oklahoma woman had no problem taking her glasses off to give the camera a clear shot of her face. ...

Philadelphia Schools Settle Lawsuit After Being Accused Of Discrimination

AP | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia School District has settled a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit that accused school administrators of discriminat...

Freedom from Religion

Karl Wilder | Posted 10.20.2014 | New York
Karl Wilder

Photo: Artist Alan May and myself at an event for the SF Food Bank (photo by Blodwen Tarter) I wrote "Losing My Religion" a scant 48 hours ago. Much...