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Religious Freedom

The Best and Worst Human Rights Developments of 2012

Freedom House | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Freedom House

As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. How did the world do following an eventful 2011?

Building Bridges at the U.S. Embassy in London

Craig Considine | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed's "Journey into America," which I had the privilege of directing, documents our travels across the length and breadth of the U.S. If there is one person in the world today that could ease the conflict between America and the Muslim world, it is Amb. Ahmed.

What Pamela Geller Can Teach Us On Christmas

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Each of us can decide whether we will feed conflict or feed peace. As Americans, we can play the role of bridge-builder, innovator, bringing together parties in conflict -- to listen to the pain and grief that are embedded in stories currently in circulation.

Dear Christians: Relax. There's No War On Our Faith

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Public expressions of discontent simply add to the negative impressions of Christians as insensitive, whiny and -- let's be honest -- jerks.

The War On Christmas -- Ugh

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I do not at all care how often the word "Christmas" is (not) used by politicians, entertainers or my local barista. As a Christian, I do not think that it is our God-given right to display Christian symbols on public land as if we have claimed the U.S. as Jesus' primary mailing address.

Muslim Libertarians Fight Islamophobia In A New Way

Javed Ali | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Javed Ali

Bias hurts both the general public and specific communities. The American Muslim community, in particular, has been exploring new ways of addressing Islamophobia -- the irrational fear of Muslims.

To Protect Religious Freedom, The Supreme Court Should Abolish Marriage As We Know It

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

While I am an unwavering proponent of equal rights for consenting adults of any sexual orientation, I agree with the National Organization for Marriage in one respect: The government has no business entangling itself with religious conceptions of marriage.

The Bhagavad Gita Comes To Congress

Varun Soni | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Varun Soni

When Tulsi Gabbard takes her oath on the Gita, its political wisdom will not only be instructive for her as a Hindu but also for all members of Congress.

WATCH: West Point Cadet Who Quits Over Religion Talks To HuffPost

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A cadet quitting West Point less than six months before graduation says he could no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers ...

Upholding Dharmic Values Of Self Reliance: Protecting Our Temples, Gurudwaras And Places Of Worship

Anju Bhargava | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

In keeping with the American tradition and in line with the Dharmic values of self reliance, it is time we, the Dharmic Americans, empower ourselves and understand how to make our places of worship secure.

Why I Don't Want to Be a West Point Graduate

Blake Page | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Blake Page

I am five months from graduation. Choosing to resign at this point also carries significant risk. What could possibly compel me to pass over this incredible opportunity in exchange for such harsh penalties?

Fearing Thy New Neighbor: Global Hostilities, Restrictions And Immigration

David Briggs | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

What is the major influence related to religious tensions crossing borders? Hint: It's about much more than a small church in Florida burning a Quran or a Danish magazine publishing cartoons of a revered prophet.

Our History Of Religious Intolerance Must Come To An End

Rev. Gary R. Hall | Posted 01.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Gary R. Hall

We have a moral duty -- as both people of faith and Americans -- to take a stand for religious liberty and to make space for the Muslim-American identity to grow and prosper. Indeed, we will fail the guiding principles of this nation if we do not.

Amanda Terkel

Discredited Pastor No Longer Appearing At Pentagon Prayer Breakfast | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A controversial pastor with a history of exaggerating his background is no longer scheduled to be the featured speaker at Wednesday's Pe...

Amanda Terkel

Pentagon Prayer Breakfast To Feature Discredited Pastor | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ray Giunta has been publicly called out for illegally taking $10,200 from a cemetery board, falsely claiming to have advanced degrees an...

Thanksgiving And Hanukkah: Celebrating Religious Freedom

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

One could say that we have created a false myth about both holidays. We decided that religious freedom is something we hold sacred and have chosen to celebrate through both of these holidays.

The Way Forward When Equality Clashes with Religious Expression

Dana Beyer | Posted 01.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I have long believed that no one is beyond education and understanding; now, at our moment of greatest success, it may be time to expand the pool of future allies.

The Habit Of Inherited Beliefs

Aaron Anson | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Aaron Anson

How much are we shutting out of our experience in the universe because we've been programmed to process only so little and believe in only so much as others have validated for us?

Egypt's New Pope Opposes Religious Constitution

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion

CAIRO -- Egypt's new Coptic pope said Monday the constitution now being drafted will not be acceptable if it is overtly religious, a sign he would cam...

Florida Amendment 8: Infusing Religion With Government

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 01.01.2013 | Teen
Noah Fitzgerel

As a high school student, I am greatly concerned for future generations of Floridians living in a state that might be governed by a measure that deprecates one of the most important tenets of this nation.

Advancing Freedoms Of Expression And Religion In The Islamic World

Amb. Ufuk Gokcen | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Amb. Ufuk Gokcen

While recent events have allowed our critics to perpetuate a falsehood about the OIC's position on defamation, we must remember that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has made great advances on both freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

Swedish Court Rules In Favor Of Chabad Representatives

Baila Olidort | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
Baila Olidort

Chabad-Lubavitch representatives to Gothenburg, Sweden have a right to educate their children in accordance with their religious faith. The unanimous decision of the appellate court followed the Namdars' complaints against city authorities fining them for homeschooling their children.

The Debates and Our Lonely Constitution

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

Six hours of election debates are now over. Six hours of national discourse fundamental to our democracy, yet our Constitution was mentioned only once -- by Mitt Romney. Our Constitution deserves more, and so do the voters.

John Celock

GOP Candidate Blames Christians For Obamacare | John Celock | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Steve Fitzgerald, a Republican candidate for the Kansas state Senate who previously had said that Catholics should not be Democrats, extended that att...

D'Souza: The Real Problem

John Corvino | Posted 12.22.2012 | Gay Voices
John Corvino

What bugs me about this story is not right-wing hypocrisy about sex (which is old news) or that sex leads smart people to do dumb things (even older news). It's that, by focusing on D'Souza's timing, commentators are ignoring the main double standard at work here.