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Religious Freedom

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 09.18.2014 | 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 09.13.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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...

How to Break Free from Organized Religion

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Thee purpose of all religion is to free you, and to bring order out of chaos. When a religion ceases to free you, you need freedom from religion.

67 Years of Independence: Pakistan's Past and Present

Mariam Khan | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Mariam Khan

Despite the perpetual obstacles that Pakistan encounters, the citizens of the nation find a way to stand back up. Only if tolerance is practiced by the public, and education becomes common, will the public be able to make Pakistan prosper and make it rank amongst the list of successful states of the world.

Can We Preserve Religious Freedom and Diversity as Muslims Fight Muslims?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

In the turmoil of our world, what's at stake? Religious freedom. What's required? Religious tolerance.

Rabbi Strives for Religious Freedom

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Religious people around the world face discrimination and persecution, largely by other religious people. Thankfully, religious leaders of all traditi...

LGBT Civil Rights and Religious Liberty: The Challenge

Dana Beyer | Posted 08.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Since much homophobia and transphobia is rooted in misogyny, it's clear to me that in order to cleanse our faith-based institution of anti-LGBT bigotry, we're going to have to do a much better job of dealing with the pervasive sexism. That will require a very long-term effort.

Open Letter to: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel From MRFF Founder and President Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

The Air Force ought to be a level-playing-field meritocracy where its members are fairly evaluated, rated, and stratified based on their demonstrated character, integrity, and accomplishments, and not on the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their gender, or the nature of their religious faith or their absence of religious faith.

President Obama's Strong Choice to Advance International Religious Freedom

Michael Wear | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Michael Wear

Yesterday, President Obama nominated Rabbi David Saperstein to serve as the United States' Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom. Saperstein would be the first non-Christian to serve in the role.

Japan's Policy of Denial on Religious Freedom

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Aaron Rhodes

For decades, Japanese authorities have looked the other way when families have attempted to force adult children to recant their religious faith by abducting them and subjecting them to physical and psychological coercion.

Religious Persecution Makes Migrants Out Of Millions

Religion News Service | Brian Pellot | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) And then there were nine. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday (July 28) that Turkmenistan has joined the State Department’s list...

Obama Names First Non-Christian Ambassador For Religious Freedom

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe & Brian Pellot | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama on Monday (July 28) said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international rel...

The Hobby Lobby Decision Makes 'Religious Freedom' A Euphemism For Imposing Religious Doctrine. America Should Beware.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

One's religion should never interfere legally with the personal habits of another person; even if those behaviors pertain to eating horribly, smoking, hiking in dangerous terrain, and especially sexual activity.

How Gay Rights And Religious Freedom Are Impacted By Obama's Executive Order

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) One of the toughest political calculations in Washington is balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religi...

How Hobby Lobby Killed Religious Liberty

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a disaster for women, and we can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration.

Religious Freedom On My Mind

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

It is time to blow the whistle on religious demagogues who say they are victims if they are not allowed to take away the rights of others.

When We Should Not Have to Choose: Religious Exemptions, LGBTQ Communities and Immigrant Justice

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

Religious exemptions are not only an excuse for businesses and organizations to discriminate against LGBTQ people. They also raise the question of who can participate equally and openly in public life in this country.

Coming in from the Cold: Pew Survey Reveals Continuing Icy Attitudes toward Muslims

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

Prejudice against Muslims and Islam is still rampant among the U.S. public, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Institute.

Not All Christians: How the Progressive Agenda Might Benefit From 'Judging Not'

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

Mocking Christians for living in the past doesn't just alienate Christians; it alienates moderates, independents and future millennial voters. Trying to defame and decry social liberalism backfired for conservatives, so what's to stop the same tactics from backfiring on us?