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Georgia Senate approves 'religious freedom' bill

Georgia's controversial "religious freedom" bill took a major step forward this afternoon despite concerns that the measure would open the door for discrimination against the state's LGBT residents. The Georgia Senate this afternoonShow More Summary

Catholic Bishops Want to Deny Raped Migrant Girls Access to Health Care

ThinkProgress reports that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is demanding, in the name of religious freedom, the right to keep underage migrants who have been raped from accessing medical care to prevent them from becoming pregnant. Show More Summary

Tunisia: An Opportunity

In Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, hope springs eternal. A silver lining in an otherwise opaque regional cloud, Tunisia has adopted a liberal constitution guaranteeing religious freedom and equality of the sexes. Its citizens...Show More Summary

GEORGIA: State Senate Approves Bill To Legalize Anti-Gay Discrimination

4 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via Project Q Atlanta: The Georgia Senate easily approved a controversial "religious freedom" bill that LGBT critics and faith leaders have derided as an anti-gay effort to allow discrimination. State Sen. Josh McKoon's bill, S.B. 129, passed 37-15 after nearly 90 minutes of debate on Thursday. Show More Summary

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle is not a fan of Georgia's 'religious freedom' bill

The battle over Georgia's controversial "religious freedom" bill could reach one of its most one pivotal moments today. Sometime after 10 a.m., the Georgia Senate will cast votes either for or against Senate Bill 129.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

GOP-Led Committee Votes on Bill Allowing Anti-Gay Discrimination During Democrat Opponent’s Bathroom Break

A Georgia bill, SB 129, would protect "religious freedom" -- which is code for letting Christians discriminate against gay people without getting punished for it. Last year, State Sen. Josh McKoon (R, above) tried to pass it... but failed. Show More Summary

TAKE ACTION: Ask Arkansas Lawmakers to Protect Religious Freedom

Arkansas’ Conscience Protection Act was narrowly defeated in committee last week after several groups made incorrect statements about the purpose of the bill. The measure restores and protects the religious freedom of individuals and business owners. Twenty other states have passed similar laws. The Arkansas bill can be resurrected for another vote. Supporters are asking […]

ADF Nutjobs: LGBT Rights Laws Are Just Reverse Discrimination Against Christians

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

From the Alliance Defending Freedom: Religious freedom and Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) ordinances are on a collision course. They cannot coexist. SOGIs prohibit discrimination in the facilities or accommodations open to the public – for example, restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities. Show More Summary

How do you even talk with a movement that insists we 'cannot coexist'?

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Good As You

The Alliance Defending Freedom, the pro-discrimination legal group at the forefront of most cases wherein an anti-gay–minded person cites his or her "religious freedom" as valid reason to ignore fairly enacted nondiscrimination polices that apply to LGBT people, has written...

Photo: Before city council votes on nondiscrimination, Charlotte anti-LGBT activists frame us as 'Homo-Nazis'

3 days agoLGBT / Gay : Good As You

Check out the sign that was prominently displayed behind the official speakers at tonight's ridiculous "Don't Do It Charlotte" rally: But yeah, go ahead and tell us again how this is all about "religious freedom" and how you're the victims,...

US Leadership Needed to Stop ISIL Killing Christians - US Religious Group

The President of Christian Freedom International said that US President Barack Obama and his Western allies need to show leadership to thwart the Islamic State’s relentless killings of Christians.

Naghmeh Abedini: My American Pastor Husband Imprisoned in Iran, Religious Freedom Ignored as Obama Admin Negotiates With Iran

Religious freedom is not being addressed in the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran over its nuclear capability, complained Naghmeh Abedini, an Iranian-American whose husband, Saeed Abedini, is imprisoned in Iran because of his Christian faith.

Calaveras County Makes the ACLU Hopping Mad

Officials bucking the ACLU and standing for religious freedom in the public square.

We Must Be A Beacon of Light and Hope . . . Before It’s Too Late

Remarks from Rabbi David Saperstein, the new U.S. ambassador for religious freedom. The post We Must Be A Beacon of Light and Hope... Before It’s Too Late appeared first on OnFaith....

Rick Santorum Vows to Fight Until His 'Dying Day' for Religious Expression in Public Square

After a 15-minute speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, potential 2016 presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., defended his freedom to act on his religious beliefs in the public square and asserted that a society that conforms to one set of secular ideas is a "dangerous thing."

Dana Loesch leads religion pity party at CPAC: ‘It’s time to make Christians a protected class’

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Columnist Cal Thomas, radio host Dana Loesch, and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins took part in a CPAC panel on religious freedom Saturday, and they pronounced that times were dire for followers of Jesus Christ. “I feel like it’s time to make Christians a protected...

A Conversation with LDS Elder Jeffrey Holland

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and a past president of BYU as well as PhD from Yale and an articulate defender of religious freedom around the globe. ...Show More Summary

Thirty Law Profs Sign On To Letter Analyzing Proposed Indiana Religious Liberty Law

Upon the request of a member of the Indiana legislature, a letter signed by 30 law professors, many from Indiana University, was released today analyzing the proposed “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” bills pending before the Indiana legislature.  The letter provided careful … Continue reading ?

Indiana Senate Passes Bill Allowing Anti-Gay Discrimination On Religious Grounds: VIDEO

6 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

On February 23rd, the Indiana Senate voted 40-10 in favor of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which will allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against LGBT people on religious grounds

Chart: The sad state of religious freedom around the world

6 days agoNews : BlogPost

More than three-quarters of the world's population lived in countries with "high" or "very high" levels of restriction on religion in 2013, according to a new Pew Research Center report titled "Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions...Show More Summary

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