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Why I Have Hope For American Muslim Equality

At a time of rising anti-Muslim rhetoric and discrimination, communities nationwide are coming together to push back. This is the first in a series of blog posts meant to highlight this fight for equality and religious freedom. President Obama gave a milestone speech in defense of American Muslims and religious freedom at a mosque last week. Show More Summary

Christian Extremist: Atheist Books Should Be Burned Because “They’re Absolutely Dangerous”

Theodore Shoebat, a Christian extremist last seen on this site explaining how dissenters in his future theocracy would be put to death, now wants to put an end to that whole religious freedom idea.And that means burning all the atheist books.

Everything you wanted to know about Georgia's 'religious freedom' bills but were afraid to ask

In 1983, two Native American men working in Oregon as drug counselors were fired and denied unemployment benefits because they had used peyote, a substance common in the rituals of their religion. Their case made headlines, and in 1993,...Show More Summary

NASA Bans Name Of ‘Jesus’ In Johnson Space Center Newsletter, Cites Establishment Clause

A group of Christian employees at NASA’s Johnson Space Center has alleged violation of freedom of religious expression. According to the group, the authorities at NASA’s Johnson Space center, Houston, Texas, banned use of the name of “Jesus” in announcements appearing on the space center’s official email newsletter. Show More Summary

Good News: Religious Freedom Winning | CL Report

Protecting the Constitutional rights of religious liberty takes consistent effort. But that effort is paying off in states like Indiana, Texas and South Dakota. Because of your partnership with CitizenLink and our network of state allies, we’re making progress in the push for religious freedom.

What “religious liberty” bills have in common with voter ID laws

"Religious freedom" bills are "gay-neutral" the same way that voter ID laws are "race-neutral."

Anti-LGBT West Virginia lawmakers push bill to combat 'sinful and depraved' behavior of gays

West Virginia social conservatives pushing a new "license to discriminate" (aka “religious freedom”) bill differ in their justification for the legislation. Some proponents, like the right-wing legal group Alliance Defending Freedom,...Show More Summary

Pope Remains Silent on Religious Freedom in His First Interview on China

In his first interview on China, Pope Francis urged the world not to fear the communist country's fast rise and sent Chinese New Year's greetings to the Chinese people and President Xi Jinping, but didn't raise the issue of religious restrictions.

Religious Freedom Scorecard – Members Of Congress To Be Graded On Support Of Religious Freedom [Video]

In an article by One News Now, a “religious freedom scorecard” will grade members of Congress on how they support religious freedom. The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative will publish a mid-term report card in June reporting the 115th session of Congress and a final scorecard will be published next year. Show More Summary

The rise and fall of “family values”: How “religious freedom” became the rallying cry of the Christian right

The nuclear family was once a driving force in American politics. Changing demographics have bred a new rhetoric

A Proposed “Religious Freedom” Bill in West Virginia Would Let Believers Avoid All Sorts of Laws

SB 11 is a religious freedom bill that was introduced by seven West Virginia Republican senators back in January. Under the proposed bill, only a "governmental interest of the highest magnitude that cannot otherwise be achieved without burdening the exercise of religion" would compel religious people to obey laws that violated their conscience.

EU Parliament Recognizes ISIS' Genocide of Christians, Calls on World Leaders to Take Action

The European Parliament has designated the ongoing mass slaughter in the Middle East being carried out by the Islamic State terror group on minorities as "genocide," something which religious freedom advocacy groups said could save lives.

Obama Visits Mosque and Calls for Religious Tolerance, Except for Pro-Life Christians

President Barack Obama was quick to bring up religious freedom on Wednesday during his first visit to a mosque as president and again Thursday morning during his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. “We pray for God’s protection for all around the world who are not free to practice their faith, including Christians who are […]

The Scourge of Religious Freedom Bills Has Less to Do With Gay Marriage Than You Think

The deeper issue is that Christian hegemony is being substantially challenged in many social spheres. Why has religious freedom become such a hot topic around the nation? States like Georgia, Indiana and West Virginia have taken up controversial “religious freedom” bills with particular zeal. Show More Summary

Marco Rubio Lashes Out Against Call For Religious Toleration

President Obama, during a speech today at a Baltimore mosque: If we’re serious about freedom of religion — and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians who remain the majority in this country — we have to understand an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths. Show More Summary

Obama Visits Mosque In U.S. For First Time During His Presidency

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The president's visit, which will also include a roundtable with Muslim community members, is intended to "reaffirm the importance of religious freedom" to life in America, the White House says.

After Kansas Post Office Removes Religious Sign, Residents (Fail to) Get Back at Atheists

A few days ago, I posted about how a "God Bless America" sign outside the post office in Pittsburg, Kansas had been taken down after the Freedom From Religion Foundation pointed out (on behalf of a resident) that it was essentially government endorsement of religion. Show More Summary

Os Guinness, Nina Shea, Frank Wolf Introduce Congressional Scorecard on Religious Freedom

With religious minorities being killed and persecuted around the globe at an unprecedented rate, members of the United States Congress will soon be graded on their engagement in promoting legislation designed to bolster America's protection of international religious freedom.

Enough is Enough: Stop Trying to Legalize Discrimination

Over two decades after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (also known as RFRA) was signed into law in order to "ensure that interests in religious freedom are protected," the legislature in West Virginia has introduced House Bill 4012. Show More Summary

Exclusive: Huckabee Says He Gained Voters After ‘God’s Not Dead’ Screening, Hopes Religious Freedom Will Be Influence in Caucus

DES MOINES, Iowa – Gov. Mike Huckabee had a very successful turnout at Sunday night’s double screening of God’s Not Dead 2 in Iowa ahead of...

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