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Religious Freedom

America, Home of the Free -- Except for Muslims?

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Religious faith is too important to become a political punching bag. One does not have to like or even respect Islam to believe its practitioners have the right to build a worship center wherever they wish.

If You Are Against the Mosque, You Are Anti-American

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lennard Davis

If Ground Zero is a hallowed site, then we must allow all religions to pay their respects there. Can the Republicans and the Tea Party members really be saying that Ground Zero is a hallowed Christian site?

Obama: 'No Regrets' Over Ground Zero Mosque Comments

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite criticism from Republicans and others, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he has "no regrets" over the comments he made ...

Arizona's New 'Free Exercise Of Religion' Bill Limits Zoning Rules On Placement Of Religious Facilities

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the debate rages over a New York City Islamic cultural center and mosque being constructed two blocks from Ground Zero, Arizona -- a state recently...

GOP Calls Obama Insensitive Over Stand On Ground Zero Mosque

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republican candidates around the country seized on President Barack Obama's support for the right of Muslims to build a mosque near...

A Mosque at Ground Zero: Desperately Seeking George Washington's Wisdom

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Let's face the fact: What does it mean to assert that a mosque "desecrates" hallowed ground? It means that the desecrating being done is by people who are evil, unclean. And that is wrong, wrong, wrong.

Sarah Palin's 'Ground Zero' Mosque Tweets Demand Answers From Obama

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin took to Twitter and Facebook Saturday and demanded that President Obama explain whether or not he supports the decision by a Muslim Center...

Rob Sherman, Chicago-Area Atheist, Sues Illinois Over Grant For Cross

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ST. LOUIS — An atheist is suing to force the administrators of a towering cross in southern Illinois to return a $20,000 state grant toward its ...

The World Is Full of Ground Zeroes

William Spear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
William Spear

After 9/11 and in the years since, I've watched the anti-Muslim drumbeat intensify in ways that impact multitudes of innocent people.

The Shameful Mosque Controversy

Dr. David P. Gushee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. David P. Gushee

A longstanding effort to build a Muslim center that ended up being near what became "Ground Zero" has become Exhibit A in the contest between popular passion and constitutional principle.

Illinois Town Wants 10 Commandments Monument

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A southern Illinois town is pushing to have a Ten Commandments monument erected in the city's square--and the town's mayor says he will do anything he...

Who Wins When the U.S. Restricts Religious Freedom?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

If terrorists are able to not only attack us physically but get us to judge our neighbors by labels rather than the content of their character, turn our back on the Constitution and then restrict the religious freedom of other Americans, we all lose.

Religious Freedom Wins in NYC

Isaac Luria | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Isaac Luria

On Tuesday, J Street NYC supporters delivered over 10,000 signatures in support of the Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan to a critical hearing of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Defending Religious Tolerance: Remarks on the Mosque Near Ground Zero

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael R. Bloomberg

The World Trade Center Site will forever hold a special place in our City, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves if we said 'no' to a mosque in Lower Manhattan.

Debate Over Ground Zero Mosque Is About American Values

Matthew Duss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Duss

If Gingrich, Palin, Kristol and Cheney think that George Washington was wrong about American tolerance and religious freedom, let them say so.

Memorials, "Mosques" and Burning Convents

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

The fear and loathing of faiths that supposedly threaten America's existence is nothing new. For centuries, Catholics, Jews, Mormons and other "foreign" religions have encountered disdain, discrimination and worse.

Why Newt Gingrich Is Wrong on Ground Zero Mosque

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Hirschfield

Newt Gingrich may be right that building any Islamic structure that close to Ground Zero is bad idea, at least for now. But his arguments for that position are at least as bad as the worst ones which favor its construction.

Ground Zero Religious Freedom

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Carmichael

The United States of America rightly prides herself on her constitutional tradition for the Constitution clearly and starkly defines individual freedo...

Doing Away with the Right to Be Different: The Assault on Religious Freedom

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

While the cultural landscape has changed greatly since the founding of the country, one thing must not: America should still stand for freedom and pluralism. What this demands is an equal voice for all viewpoints.

Does the National Day of Prayer Violate Church-State Separation?

K. Hollyn Hollman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
K. Hollyn Hollman

There is no problem when Americans -- including public officials -- gather to pray. Questions properly arise, however, when the government, by an official act of Congress, urges citizens to engage in a religious exercise.

Virginia's State-Sponsored Prayer, If Legal, Should Include Jesus

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell has restored the right of Christian chaplains serving the State Police to pray in the name of Jesus. Although I am a rabbi and a member of a religious minority, I think that he was right to do so.

Workplace Religious Freedom Bill Finds Revived Interest

Religion News Service | By LAUREN E. BOHN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Lauren E. Bohn Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) More than a decade after it was first introduced, an on-again off-again bill to protect empl...

Morocco Is a Friend and Must Be Treated as Such

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

Those who take up the cause of the American missionaries who were expelled from Morocco for proselytizing would do well to refrain from inappropriate over-the-top rhetoric that could sully ties with a valued ally.

Panel Faults Obama For Lagging On Religious Freedom Abroad

Religion News Service | Lauren E. Bohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Lauren E. Bohn Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. government is not doing enough to protect religious freedoms abroad, the independen...

Jason Linkins

American Family Association To Muslim-Americans: Convert To Christianity Or Leave

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It seems like only a week ago that the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer (who is the AFA's Director of Issues Analysis, perhaps because he h...