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Religious Freedom

It's Time for the Senate to Support the Religious Freedom Envoy to Middle East, Central Asia

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

It seemed like a simple, symbolic piece of legislation that elected officials of all political affiliations could quickly agree on, right? After all, who could be opposed to a special envoy dedicated to protecting the rights of religious minorities in some of the most troubled regions of the world?

Humility, the Religious-Secular Divide and the 'Very Survival of Western Society'

David Briggs | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The idea that there are different forms of belief and unbelief, and that many people are on a common journey to greater understanding, shines through Halik's writing and his work in promoting dialogue among religious and secular individuals.

Comprehending Comprehensive Sexual Education

Hannah Berkman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Education
Hannah Berkman

The message is clear: the United States public demands the amelioration and perhaps an overhaul of the sexual education system. More importantly, students deserve to receive accurate and objective information.

Hate on Me, Hater!

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsey Minor

Mississippi, I want you to know this: Someone has to show you that life should not be about hating. You might have, for the moment, won the battle but the war isn't over.

5 Causes That MLK Fought For Beyond Civil Rights

Posted 04.04.2014 | Black Voices

One doesn’t have their very own national holiday and 900 streets named after them unless they are truly deserving. Nor does Gallup name you the seco...

ACLU Steps In When School Allegedly Tells Boy He Can't Read Bible

Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

On March 20, staff at Tennessee's Cannon County REACH after-school program reportedly told a student he was not allowed to read his Bible at school. I...

Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom

Martin Marty | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

While scientists and partisans argue whether or not "abortion" is an appropriate definition for what birth control products actually do, public involvement tends to be less scientific than it is religio-political.

Hobby Lobby Will Lose! But Can the Roberts Court Be Saved?

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

John Roberts has consistently placed the integrity of the Supreme Court over his conservative ideology. Exhibit A is how it is that the Chief Justice ...

Ryan J. Reilly

How A Pot-Worshipping Church Could Play Into The Hobby Lobby Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal government operation that placed an undercover agent in a small church in Hawaii wound up shutting down the institution, led t...

Of Overstated Claims of Religious Freedom and Judicial Integrity: Chief Justice John Roberts

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

The Roberts Court has been characterized as pro-business. It is, but this is not surprising in a country where 99 percent of the wealth is held by a t...

Hobby Lobby Case: A Constitutional Pandora's Box

Rep. Diana DeGette | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Rep. Diana DeGette

The combination of extending a business owner's religious beliefs to a for-profit company and then using those corporate rights to discriminate against employees and customers who do not adhere to that religion could have implications far beyond the Affordable Care Act.

Wanted Children, Planned Families... Why Not?

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

The wanted child, the planned family. Can anybody argue that the wanted child and the planned family are not infinitely better off for everyone: child, family and society in general?So why are we fighting these battles?

A Truly Conservative View of Religious Freedom

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Religious freedom as we have known it stands in the balance this week as the SCOTUS prepares to hear arguments in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. Ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby will fundamentally alter a definition that has stood for more than two centuries.

Abdul Hafiz Mansoor: 'I Assure You the Taliban Will Never Return'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"A major problem is the conservative interpretation of women's status in religion, which views women as a second, inferior sex. Women's presence in society is another challenge. The prevailing norms still see women's employment outside of the home as a shameful thing. On this view, women's work indicates a lack of honor for men."

A Bad Investment: Recognizing Religious Rights of Corporations

Anne Tucker | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Anne Tucker

Elevating private religious beliefs to a matter of market importance threatens to chill the marketplace and erodes the long-respected boundaries between private religious beliefs, the realm of the state and the role of the marketplace.

Atheists in Afghanistan

Kelly James Clark | Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

The right to freedom of belief protects (or should protect) the Muslim in Christian-majority nations, the Christian in Muslim-majority nations, and the unbeliever in both sorts of nations.

Suraya Popal: 'They Stole His Sister, Not His Car'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The underground mines that have been discovered in Afghanistan bring hope to all Afghans for a prosperous future. I hope that those mines will be operated effectively in accordance with international law in order to guarantee the economic future of the people of Afghanistan."

A New Cathedral in the Heart of the Muslim World

Joop Koopman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Joop Koopman

Bishop Camillo Ballin, an Italian-born Comboni missionary, heads the Roman Catholic Vicariate of Northern Arabia. He is overseeing the first-ever building of a new cathedral in Bahrain, on land given to the Church by Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah.

Abdul Qayyum Sajjadi: 'It Is Difficult to Leave the Tribal, Misogynist and Monopolist Approach Behind'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Like most other Afghans, I am afraid of a return to the past, to that tension-fueled political, social and religious environment. For now, the positive cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community is keeping that at bay. But if this cooperation ends, we cannot rule out the possibility of returning to the dark days of the past."

Take My Book...Please: Further Thoughts on the Doniger Controversy

Philip Goldberg | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

Increasing readership, instead of restraining it, is only one reason suppressing books on religious grounds tends to backfire.

With Liberty and Religious Justice for All

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

In my first job in 1976, I helped college students advocate for the delivery of free birth control on their campuses. I could not have imagined then that almost four decades later, I'd once again need to be working on access to birth control methods.

Sahraa Karimi: 'The Taste of Freedom Is a Powerful Antidote to Oppression'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The youth give me hope. They refuse to bow their heads and submit like the generations before them did."

Dr. Ramazan Bashardost: 'Our Leaders Push Their People Over the Cliff'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Our people are immobilized: I have seen people barely flinch while someone is beheaded in front of them. The Afghan people have had their willpower stolen from them; the society has become numb."

St. Patrick's Day Parade's 'Disgraceful' Message to Irish LGBTQ Community

Caelainn Hogan | Posted 03.17.2014 | New York
Caelainn Hogan

More than 300 groups march at the NY St. Patrick's Day parade that draws thousands of spectators. Gay people are only allowed to march as long as they keep their sexuality to themselves. As a gay Irish friend put it bluntly, "If everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, that means faggots, too."

Dr Alema: 'We Need a National Campaign Against Illiteracy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Schools are still being closed to girls today. They throw acid on girls, poison the water containers in girls' schools, and distribute clandestine newsletters mobilizing against families of the students and teachers. These are all indirect ways of closing the schools to girls."