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Religious Liberty

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...

Time to Embrace a Military Chaplaincy for All the Troops

Tom Carpenter | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

This inclusive outreach extends to chaplains representing the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities of faith, as well as those of minority beliefs, including Humanists. They, too, are valued members of our country's military and must be embraced fully.

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.

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.

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.

CPAC: The Right-wing Woodstock or a Bad Family Reunion?

Michael Keegan | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Like at a family reunion, the infighting at this year's CPAC started long before anybody arrived. First, the group American Atheists announced that it would be sponsoring a booth at the conference, with the goal of bringing conservative nonbelievers "out of the closet." The religious right was not pleased.

An Un-American Wolf in Religious Liberty's Clothing

Roger Fisk | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Roger Fisk

What's funny, in a macabre way, is the effort to re-impose religion's will is dressed up as the next chapter in the same civil rights struggle that cleansed the public square of the zealot's self-proclaimed authority to begin with.

The 'Religious Liberty Quiz' and Why I Wrote It

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

The bill in Arizona was, thankfully, vetoed. But it's not going to be the last time a bill like this is introduced. The next stage of the struggle for equal rights is coming.

What's the Matter with Kansas? Not a Damn Thing

Heather Cronk | Posted 02.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Heather Cronk

Without investment in progressive infrastructure and resources to help support populist tendencies, states like Kansas have been left on their own -- and, as a result, they're becoming the political playgrounds of right-wing extremists.

A Gathering Storm of Bigotry and Discrimination

Tom Carpenter | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

The claim by fundamentalists to be protecting "religious liberty" is true-these proposed laws and restrictions are indeed their attempt to create special rights to advance their religious beliefs at the expense of others who disagree with them.

Jesus' Advice to the 'Turn the Gays Away' Crowd: Religious Liberty Does Not Mean Discrimination

Jay Michaelson | Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

No one is saying that a church has to host a gay wedding, or that Catholics must ordain women. Religious institutions operate according to religious rules, as our constitution allows. But the free market is different.

'Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs' and the Fraying of America

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Bills that encourage communities to rip apart the fabric of America should be seen for what they are: discriminatory and deeply un-American. That is my sincerely held religious belief.

How Is Discrimination a Religious Freedom?

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

If you refuse to give me and my husband a marriage license -- or sell us a cake or take our photos -- then you are infringing on our right to be treated equally as United States citizens. We are not infringing on your rights. Yours are still intact. Ours are being denied.

WATCH: President Obama's Remarks At The National Prayer Breakfast

Posted 02.06.2014 | Religion

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST 2014 Washington Hilton Washington, D.C. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please, everyone have ...

The State of the Union Is the State of America's Women

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Inequality threatens the state of our union. Tackling it requires a multi-issue agenda that takes into account the factors that work against equality for women and others disproportionately affected.

On Contraception, Dumbing Down Tyranny

Peter Montgomery | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

In recent years, conservative evangelical and Catholic activists have made "religious liberty" their culture war rallying cry as well as their primary legal and political strategy. In doing so, they often use irresponsible rhetoric about American Christians being subject to tyranny and religious persecution.

Muslims: WWJD (What Would Jefferson Do?)

Kelly James Clark | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

While Jefferson may not be the best personal model of religious liberty, or liberty simpliciter, we can be grateful to live in a society where his grand idea was planted (though it is taking centuries to blossom). It is now our task to turn Jefferson's promise into reality: to see American Muslims as full US citizens with the right to free conscience and freedom from persecution.

Separate Church From State and Guarantee Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Does anyone really think hard line conservative faith groups, and their influential religious leaders, would embrace such common sense steps, and willingly give up their power and authority to sanction civil marriage?

What Religious Liberty Is... and Isn't

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Here's a little reality check: Religious liberty is NOT the liberty to impose your religion on everybody else.

The Real Gay Agenda

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Carpenter

The LGBT community must recognize that most of the battles that lie ahead in the fight for equality will be waged over the issue of "religious liberty." It is time for every fair-minded American to recognize the all-out assault on their fellow LGBT citizens, particularly those serving in uniform.

The Right Wing's Winning Argument

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Conservatives are already beginning to chip away at LGBT rights, and they're doing it under the banner of "religious freedom and liberty." This is a tough narrative to beat, and it is tough to argue against because it is so deeply rooted in the American narrative.

Religious Liberty: A Right for All People

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Justifications that target American Muslims carve out loopholes in religious freedom statutes that inevitably hurt members of other faith traditions, too.

A False Choice: Religious Liberty or Marriage Equality

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Anthony Michael Kreis

Religious liberty and equality are fundamental constitutional values that are both worthy of respect and protection from the law. The peaceful coexistence of religious liberty and sexual minorities' equality is not an elusive pipe dream.

Religious Liberty + Marriage Equality = Harmony, Not Dissension

Sally Steenland | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

The problem with this oppositional framing is that it isn't true. In reality, marriage equality and religious liberty can support and strengthen each other. And this is true even when people are conflicted about same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers Freak Out About Religious Freedom In Military

Religion News Service | Corrie Mitchell | Posted 07.11.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Republican lawmakers and conservative activists concerned that religious expression in the military is "under attack" are rallying be...