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Religious Freedom

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 07.21.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 07.18.2014 | 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 07.17.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | 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?

Expansive Government Threatens Religious Liberty, the First Freedom

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should be protected from interference with their faith as well as attempts by others to impose their beliefs. The institutions of government and church should be kept far apart, while the political realm is left open to arguments of all sorts, whether based on theism, humanism, or something else.

Why Are We Still Fighting Over Birth Control in the 21st Century?

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Walking home from the Capitol recently, I saw the words engraved above the portico of the Supreme Court: "Equal justice under law." They don't say "equal justice under law except for women." They don't say "equal justice as long as it's OK with your boss." And yet that is exactly what the court majority said in its ruling.

While Americans Debate Impact of Hobby Lobby Ruling, Religious Persecution Mounts Worldwide

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

While we here in America continue the Hobby Lobby debate, there are religious freedom matters with serious life and death consequences elsewhere in the world right now, today, which also deserve your attention.

Religious Freedom Is In Peril In These Countries Around The World

www.nytimes.com | Nicholas Kristof | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion

A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, after she refuses to reno...

Corporations as Sovereign

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

"Persons" who are not subject to the same laws as the rest of us, who are able to force their employees to follow the same religious restriction they hold, who can control elections without accountability or transparency, and who can act with impunity sound awfully like the monarchs of old.

What the Founding Fathers Really Learned from the Puritans About Religious Freedom

MOMocrats | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
MOMocrats

In the days of the New World, the earliest leaders of the colonies were often the reverends and other church leaders. The rule of law was God's law, as interpreted by the church leaders.

Rift Over Religious Exemption In Anti-LGBT Discrimination Order

AP | DAVID CRARY and LISA LEFF | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive ord...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Lawyers: Corporations May Be People Under Law, But Actual Humans In Gitmo Are Not

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the Supreme Court ruled last month that for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby should be considered "persons" under a law intend...

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

A Grandmother on "Debts," "Trespasses" and Flipping "Religious Freedom" on its Head

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

Growing up, I began to understand that religious freedom, a bedrock of American society, indeed means no bossing anyone about religious beliefs -- not the government, not faith communities, not individuals and, looking at the present issue, not their corporations.

Burqah Ban, Multiculturalism and Secularism

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Raza Habib Raja

As the globe becomes more cosmopolitan, it becomes even more important to get our balance right. And a correct balance is what underpins liberal secularism.

Why the Hobby Lobby Decision Is a Stunning Setback for Women's Rights

Lisa Bloom | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Lisa Bloom

Defensively, the five Catholic male Supreme Court justices in the majority took some time to insist that their ruling is narrow. Don't believe it. The decision is a radical departure from prior law with monumental implications.

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

Republicans Are Stripping Away Rights That Others Fought So Hard to Obtain

Mark Baer | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Baer

Since the Supreme Court issued its decision, many people have suggested boycotting Hobby Lobby and other such businesses. While I support such a decision, it misses the bigger issue.

Barefoot and Pregnant: The Supreme Court and the War on Women

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Taking away control from women is the point, not religious freedom. The goal of this conservative war on women, being facilitated now by the U.S. Supreme Court, is, in fact, doing away with women's control of their reproductive and thus their economic lives.

The Hobby Lobby Case Has Nothing to Do With Religious Freedom

George Elerick | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
George Elerick

Religion (in any form) should exist to assist in the progress of giving us new language, new ways of being and new ways of treating one another. If a religion fails at this, it should be seen as a disease, and like any disease should be eradicated immediately.

Our Corporate Friends

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock

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Conservative Women Also Use Birth Control: The Hobby Lobby Decision Hurts All Women

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

A blatant disregard for the reality of sexual behavior in America, coupled with the belief that one's religion trumps the healthcare needs of even conservative women, is the real story behind the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.