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After Losing in Court, Michigan Funeral Home Now Claims Religion Justifies Firing Transgender Woman

The First Amendment’s religious freedom protections don’t give employers license to discriminate. For decades transgender people have been fired or turned away from jobs just because of who they are. Courts and federal agencies are finally...Show More Summary

Iran Religious Persecution Increasing Despite Nuclear Deal, USCIRF Reports

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has found that religious minorities in Iran, including Christians, continue experiencing severe human rights abuses, closing in on one year on the historical nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and Western nations.

Exporting Freedom and the Politics of Disestablishment

This is the first post in a series responding to Anna Su's new book, Exporting Freedom: Religious Liberty and American Power (2016). We'll feature other responses throughout the month of May.Michael Graziano In The Lexus and the Olive...Show More Summary

R.I.P., Georgia’s “religious freedom” bill

“In light of our history, it’s ironic those in the religious community feel a need for government to determine religious rights."

U.S. Commission Says in Annual Report That Religious Freedom is in Peril Around the World

It's important to remember that while our conversations about religion in the U.S. often center around the false notions of Christian persecution, it's so much worse in other parts of the world. In certain countries, as we know all too well, you can be murdered for daring to criticize religion, or imprisoned and lashed for promoting atheism.The U.S. Show More Summary

Secretary of Education John King Calls for Repeal of ‘Hateful’ Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Secretary of Education John King (above) has called for anti-LGBT “religious freedom” laws to be repealed, describing them as “hateful.” In March, lawmakers in North Carolina rushed through a bill banning nondiscrimination orders in the state. Show More Summary

Something Good Happened For Gays In Mississippi, Even Though That Is UNPOSSIBLE

Y’all listen up, for we actually have a #NiceTime involving gaywad-sexuals what live in Mississippi! We mentioned when we reported on the state’s horrific, most-insane-in-the-nation “religious freedom” bill, that a mean federal judge had just ruled that it is not OK for Mississippi to be the only state in the US and A where gay couples

2015 Saw A Decrease In Religious Freedom Around The World, Says Annual Report

3 days agoNews : The Two-Way

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says the refugee crisis, political strife, and economic dislocation all contributed to a worldwide deterioration of religious freedom last year.

Religious Freedom Around The World Further Declines

Just as press freedom around the world has been steadily declining in recent years, religious freedom is also under attack. “By any measure,...

Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: Gay Rights and Civil Liberties

There is a lot of focus lately on the rather amorphous state of gay rights and transgender peoples’ civil liberties in this country as of late. Between religious freedom laws and the right to use the bathroom that corresponds with one’s chosen gender identity, political sentiment is fraught with controversy.......

7 Signs That America Declared War on Christianity

Is there an increasing hostility to Christian values and religious freedoms in our country today? Here are 7 representative examples, all from the last few weeks. Judge for yourself.

Christians in Congress Demand Bibles Be Reinstated in Military POW/MIA Displays

Earlier this month, I posted about how the Military Religious Freedom Foundation had been calling out several VA clinics for having POW/MIA memorial tables with Bibles on them.The MRFF members who raised the concerns (not all atheists,...Show More Summary

The Mississippi Religious Freedoms Bill is not as bad as you've heard. It's Worse.

In 2013, I wrote a column in this space where I talked about the very personal conversion I had regarding my feelings on same sex marriage. I had grown up with a deep and profound respect for the Bible, and the teaching of my Christian faith. Show More Summary

Blasphemy Laws Don't Protect Religion, They Hurt It

Last Wednesday, I spoke on a panel at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs In DC. The conference, co-hosted by the Center's Religious Freedom Project and the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom,...Show More Summary

Jordan lifts ban on Lebanese rock group Mashrou' Leila

Mashrou' Leila indie band, which sings about religious and sexual freedoms, permitted to perform after online uproar.

When Getting Arrested for Practicing Medicine without a License is a Good Thing

"The Constitution of this Republic should make special provision for medical freedom as well as religious freedom. To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and to deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. Show More Summary

House Republicans Move to Undo Obama’s LGBT Executive Order Against Job Bias with a ‘Religious Freedom’ Amendment

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

A House Republican panel is trying to sneak a “religious freedom” amendment into a major defense bill that would undermine President Obama’s 2014 executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT workplace discrimination among federal contracto…...Show More Summary

NCAA Says Cities and States That Discriminate Can’t Host Tournaments

In recent years, the NCAA has been a surprisingly effective force in fighting anti-LGBTQ discrimination. In 2015, when Indiana passed the anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act, one of the factors that led to the state’s legislature...Show More Summary

Tennessee governor signs inexplicable bill allowing therapists to refuse service to LGBT individuals

It bears repeating: Never have I seen a more mean-spirited, nonempathic, and damaging legislative effort masquerading as "religious freedom" than the one that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law Wednesday. In a mind-bending display...Show More Summary

Missouri Lawmakers Defeat Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Missouri’s anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill has been defeated in the state legislature. Senate Joint Resolution 39 (SJR 39) failed to get a majority in favor of advancing it out of the Emerging Issues Committee. The St. Louis Post… Read The post Missouri Lawmakers Defeat Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill appeared first on Towleroad.

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