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Religious Freedom

The Many Definitions Of Freedom

Christian de la Huerta | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Christian de la Huerta

Freedom means going for our own unique brand of personal excellence, thereby making the world a brighter, more colorful and more loving place.

The Most Dazzling July 4th Fireworks

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

I remember as a child driving with my family to a parking lot for the best view of the awesome display of pyrotechnics. The "oohs" and the "ahs" echoed in the night to the backdrop of the sparkling lights in the sky.

Let's Celebrate Real Religious Freedom

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

Today's American Catholic bishops would have us think they are the latest victims of religious persecution. Their claims denigrate the suffering of those who know the true meaning of that term.

What Does Religious Freedom Mean To You? Add Your Own Response

Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion

Religious freedom is one aspect of what we celebrate on Independence Day. Huff Post Religion put a call out to our community to ask what religious fre...

Sex And The Affordable Care Act

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

The Supreme Court affirmation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a moral victory -- and a victory for sexual and reproductive health and rights. As a religious leader, I believe that access to health care is a fulfillment of the Biblical mandate to take care of all of our neighbors.

FaithSource: Highlighting Rational Values Voices In Media

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

Instead of a beautiful vehicle for the message that God is love, religion is becoming a political tool of intolerance.

Freedom On Trial

James Robison | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
James Robison

The freedom we have enjoyed is on trial and we are witnessing the destruction of it because too many Americans fail to understand the binding link between liberty and personal responsibility.

Germany Addresses Religious Freedom Complaints Over Circumcision Ruling

AP | Posted 08.31.2012 | Religion

BERLIN — Germany's foreign minister on Sunday offered assurances that Germany protects religious traditions after a court ruled that circumcisin...

Washington’s Letter To Jews Highlight of Religious Freedom Exhibit

The Jewish Daily Forward | Paul Berger | Posted 06.29.2012 | Religion

By Paul Berger The Forward Imagine a country where Jews are prevented from serving as lawyers, where men must swear on the New Testament to enter ...

Is It Time To Reconsider The Term Islamist?

David Briggs | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

The modern use of the term Islamist is a Western creation, but it was adopted by many with the intent of providing a more accurate label for Muslims seeking to integrate their faith into public life.

Jaweed Kaleem

After Health Care Ruling, Catholic Bishops Urge Flock To Rally For Religious Freedom

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.28.2012 | Religion

Catholic bishops have vowed to continue the fight against what they say is one of the most objectionable outcomes of the health care law that the Supr...

Was The Fortnight For Freedom A Dud In New York City?

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.28.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Two hundred and fifty Catholics assembled on the first day to hear New York's top priest, Timothy Dolan, celebrate Mass and reflect on religious liberty. It's likely his public relations nosedive has necessitated a few alterations in the plan.

10 Things You Need To Know About Religious Liberty

Sally Steenland | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Sally Steenland

To hear the dire warnings of conservatives, you would think that religious liberty in this country is hanging by a thread. Such claims are apocalyptic. They are also wrong.

Religious Freedom

Karen Hart | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Karen Hart

We cannot go to other countries and tell their leaders to honor liberty, religious freedom, and human rights if we are failing to practice them in our own backyard.

John Celock

Planned Parenthood Declares Victory In Defeat Of 'Boogeyman' Amendment

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics

The leader of a Planned Parenthood chapter said attacks on the group over its opposition to North Dakota's religious freedom amendment backfired and e...

Court Rules Catholic Group Can 'Intervene' In Dispute Over A Jesus Statue On Public Land

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 06.14.2012 | Religion

According to a Montana federal judge, a Catholic benefits organization has the right to intervene in an attempt to keep a statue of Jesus Christ on Fo...

John Celock

North Dakota Voters Reject Religious Freedom Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

North Dakota voters rejected proposals to institute religious freedom law and repeal all property taxes during Tuesday's primary election. The def...

John Celock

Opponents Claim State Could Legalize Child Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

North Dakota residents are voting Tuesday on a controversial religious freedom referendum that opponents say could legalize child abuse, domestic viol...

Faith Inspires: United Sikhs

Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: Every week, HuffPost Religion shines a spotlight on religious people doing good work in their communities. If you would like to recomme...

The Truth About Religious Freedom

Jon O'Brien | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) rarely lets the facts get in the way of their story. In making their case, they have relied on spurious claims about religious liberty, conscience and science.

Mandating Contraception: The Law Over Politics

Matt Melone | Posted 07.30.2012 | College
Matt Melone

The debate actually centers on where the line between religious freedom and a citizens' secular obligations to society should be drawn. This is not a Constitutional issue, but a less glamorous and equally compelling statutory issue.

Conservative Activists Gather To Plot Defense Of 'Religious Liberty'

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 05.25.2012 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops have used the Obama administration's contraception mandate as Exhibit A in their high-stakes defense of "religi...

Georgetown Should Honor Its Commitment to Free Speech

Adam Kissel | Posted 07.17.2012 | College
Adam Kissel

What does Georgetown really stand for? Georgetown's continuing attempt to have it both ways when it comes to respecting freedom of expression can only earn it more bad press.

Pulpit Politics: Religious Leaders Should Persuade, Not Pronounce

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Yes, we all need guidance as to what constitutes a moral approach to contentious issues. But we aren't helped by resolutions that force people to be either insiders or outsiders, driven even further apart in a society that's already politically polarized.

Racing Backwards Into The Future: Saudi Arabia And Kuwait

John L. Esposito | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Regrettably, recent religious decisions in both countries are unfortunate reminders about the hurdles and pitfalls in the implementation of religious reform.