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The Mormon Church Really Wants You to Know It's Still Not Cool with The Gays

[Content note: homophobia, transphobia, holocaust reference]Yesterday afternoon, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints held a press conference, which by its official account was about "Religious Freedom and Nondiscrimination."What...Show More Summary

Mormon Church: We Vow to Fight for LGBT Rights, but Don't Trample Our Religious Freedom; So. Baptist Leader Says LDS Is 'Naive'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, announced Tuesday it would back legal efforts to protect LGBT people from discrimination along with religious freedom protections. This middle ground approach is consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ, church leaders said.

The Charlie Hebdo Murders: An Attack on Religious Libery, Not Free Expression

The monstrous slaughter at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo brought hundreds of thousands of marchers and numerous world leaders onto the streets of Paris to support free expression. But the attacks really were not about freedom of speech. Show More Summary

Mormon leaders (sort of) come out in favor of LGBT rights, demand religious freedom

The church has not reversed its stance on same-sex marriage, but called for an anti-discrimination measure to pass

Mormon Church: Let's Make a Deal on LGBT Antidiscrimination Law

Mormon leaders say they'll support LGBT nondiscrimination legislation — if it includes religious freedom protections. read more

WATCH: Mormon church backs laws to protect LGBT people — but also demands religious freedom

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The Mormon church on Tuesday announced its support for laws protecting the rights of gay individuals – as long as religious freedoms are not compromised – a rare conciliatory move toward a community with whom it has long been at odds. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Mormon church backs gay rights if laws protect religion, too

The Mormon Church vowed to support laws that protect gay rights, but only if those regulations defend religious freedom, too.

Mormon Church supports some legal protections for gays, lesbians

Mormon Church leaders on Tuesday voiced support for some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in Utah and across the nation as long as the laws protect religious freedom

Mormon Leaders Say They'll Support Gay Rights in Exchange for 'Religious Freedom': VIDEO

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered for a rare press conference on Tuesday at which they said they'll back statewide protections for LGBT Utahns in housing and employment in exchange for "religious freedom" exemptions, the...

"The Mormon Church today announced that it will support national and local anti-discrimination laws for gays and lesbians..."

"... provided such laws also respect the rights of religious groups. Church leaders called the offer a new 'way forward' to balance religious freedom and legal protection for people in the LGBT community." Says breaking news email from CNN.At the CNN website: "Mormon church backs LGBT rights -- with one condition."

LGBT Rights Activists and ‘Supporters of Religious Freedom’ Face Off in Idaho Hearing on Non-Discrimination Bill: VIDEO

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

As we reported yesterday, an Idaho House Committee had finally agreed to hear testimony on a proposed non-discrimination bill that would add protections for Idahoans based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The hearing, which began yesterday and continues...

In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India’s most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities. Hours before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia, Obama...

Charlie Hebdo, Islam and Religious Freedom: Study Finds Independent Courts, Civility Best Protect Liberties, Lessen Conflict

Islam is not the reason nations restrict religious freedom. Nor are open and free elections guarantors of such liberties, a major new study suggests. What does predict the protection of religious freedom is a free and independent judiciary,...Show More Summary

Legal Scholars Express Concerns Over Proposed Religious Freedom Bill

A group of 18 legal scholars, mostly professors of law, have written a letter objecting to the possible enactment of House Bill 29, the religious liberty bill sponsored by Rep. Sam Teasley. The letter is dated January 21st, and was sent to Rep. Show More Summary

Should Bakers Be Forced To Put Anti-Gay Messages On Cakes?

Frosting for thought Colorado baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom:

Anti-LGBT former Atlanta fire chief files religious discrimination complaint over firing

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

In a case that has rallied proponents of religious freedom, Atlanta’s ousted fire chief has filed a federal discrimination complaint against the city, arguing that his firing over a book critical of homosexuality was an attack on his faith. Kelvin Cochran wrote a 2013 book titled, “Who...

Baker faces civil rights complaint after refusing to put anti-gay message on Bible-shaped cake

DENVER — A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay...Show More Summary

Southern Baptist Leader Russell Moore Praises Supreme Court for Defending Religious Freedom of Muslim Inmate

Russell Moore praised the U.S. Supreme Court for its Tuesday ruling protecting the religious freedom of a Muslim inmate in the case of Holt vs. Hobbs.

Conservative Princeton Professor Robert P. George and Others Offer to Take 1,000 Lashes for Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi

Conservative Princeton University professor and vice chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Robert P. George along with six other advocates have offered to take 100 lashes each for Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting his country's clerics.

Supreme Court Rules For Muslim Inmate In Prison Beard Case

last weekNews : The Two-Way

The court said a ban on beards violated the prisoner's religious freedom. The state of Arkansas had argued that the beard presented security concerns and that it could be used to hide contraband.

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