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Secrets of the extreme religious right: Inside the frightening world of Christian Reconstructionism

The zealots pushing a horrifying vision of "religious freedom" really have in mind a new Biblical slavery

Gen Con CEO 'shopping' convention over lacking LGBT policies

12 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

A gaming convention CEO that threatened to leave Indiana over a religious freedom law said organizers are "shopping the show."

Texas businesses think they’re infuriating atheists by copying town’s ‘Jesus’ sign — but they’re not

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

Business owners are showing their support for a controversial religiously themed sign set up by government officials in a Texas town. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent two letters to the Hawkins City Council about the sign, which reads, “Jesus welcomes you to Hawkins,” in response to...

Find out why this rainbow wedding was a subtle finger to local government

You may recall how the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act went down in Indiana around that time -- Stephanie made the rainbow background as a sort of subtle middle-finger to the state government. They were married on the...Show More Summary

A Major Victory for Religious Freedom in Texas | Radio

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that a sexual orientation and gender identity ordinance in Houston must be repealed or put on the ballot in November. Jonathan Saenz with Texas Values worked to stop the policy.

There’s No Religious Freedom to Refuse Service

Last week in Washington state, another special religious privilege bit the dust. The Ninth Circuit appeals court ruled unanimously that a pharmacist doesn’t have the right to refuse to fill a prescription for emergency contraception:...Show More Summary

Antigay “Religious Freedom” Fighter Bobby Jindal Now Thinks The Religious Westboro Baptist Church Is “Morally Reprehensible”

3 days agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, otherwise known as the creepy uncle of the antigay “religious freedom” movement, has a message for members of the Westboro Baptist Church: You cannot use your religion to justify picketing the funerals of the victims from last week’s shooting in Lafayette. Show More Summary

Satanic Temple required protesters to pledge their souls to Satan as condition of entry

4 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The Satanic Temple -- a pair of fun-loving, non-Satan-believing religious freedom activists -- unveiled the statue of Baphomet they plan to put on the Arkansas State Capitol's lawn to complement its existing Christian iconography. Read the rest

Religious Freedom: The Complicity Canard

Liberals have come up with a variety of rationalizations for their turn away from the American tradition of religious liberty. Over at Bloomberg View I look at a few of the latest, including the claim that conservatives are abusing religious-liberty...Show More Summary

Gay rights may come at the cost of religious freedom…if you redefine religious freedom

Religious worries over religious liberty are really just Christian worries over their receding hegemony.

Christian Pharmacists Lose Emergency Contraceptive Appeal

Court rules that dispensing Plan B, ella, does not violate religious freedom. A federal appeals court in Washington State has ruled that Christian pharmacists there must dispense FDA-approved emergency contraceptives, despite the pharmacists'...Show More Summary

"Dying for Christianity: millions at risk amid rise in persecution across the globe."

A long article in The Guardian. Excerpt:According to David Alton, a crossbench peer who campaigns on religious freedom, “some assessments claim that as many as 200 million Christians in over 60 countries around the world face some degree of restriction, discrimination or outright persecution”. Show More Summary

Liberals Push Congress for LGBT Bill That Critics Say Would Limit Religious Freedom

LGBT groups and their allies in Congress are pushing for a sweeping piece of legislation that if enacted would, according to critics, limit religious freedom in the United States.

Being Christian doesn't give you the right to discriminate

Conservatives have spent a lot of time recently asserting their right to illegally discriminate, which they like to call "religious freedom". The problem is that these conservatives seem to have different standards depending on whose rights are being discussed. Show More Summary

Gay Rights May Come at the Cost of Religious Freedom

Anti-discrimination statutes are coming into conflict with laws designed to preserve freedom of conscience, especially in the private sector.

Will Native American religious freedom count as much as Hobby Lobby's?

Ramon Aquino shows solidarity during a rally at the Oak Flat Campground in the Tonto National Forest near Superior, Arizona May 30, 2015. Members of the San Carlos Apache tribe, as well as other members of the Apache nation and Native...Show More Summary

Kentucky pastor cites ‘religious freedom’ right to tell gay youth offenders they’re going to hell

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A religious freedom group, representing a Kentucky pastor who was banished from counseling youth offenders after telling gay inmates that they are going to hell, is citing his “Constitutional right to free speech” in order to get him reinstated. Pastor David Wells, of the Pleasant View...

Bozell & Graham Column: Is Social Liberalism Winning?

The end of the Supreme Court term was depressing for conservatives. The double-whammy of a 50-state mandate for gay marriage and the upholding of Obamacare sounded the alarms for religious freedom. All that unease is measurable. Credit The Washington Post for doing precisely that. Show More Summary

Utah tribal church cites ‘religious liberty’ in fight against ban on using peyote in ceremonies

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Members of the Tahteya Topa Native American Church of Utah renewed a long-standing battle against a state ban on using peyote during their ceremonies, saying it violates their freedom of religion, KSTU-TV reported. “People say it’s a hallucinogen, which it’s not,” church...

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