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Results for Religious Freedom

Imam Mujahid Congratulates Rabbi Saperstein
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Press

July 31, 2014 Sojo in the News Council for a Parliament of the Worl ...

Sayeeda Warsi, First Muslim in British Cabinet, Resigns Over 'Indefensible' Gaza Policy
Originally Posted: 08/05/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The first Muslim to serve in a British Cabinet resigned Tuesday over her government’s “morally indefensible” policies in Gaza and its role in the Middle East peace process. The fi ...

Rabbi David Saperstein Nominated To Be US Ambassador For Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/31/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Press

July 30, 2014 Sojo in the News Kay Campbell ...

State Dept. Should Act on Pakistan's Religious Freedom Violations, Watchdog Group Says
Originally Posted: 07/30/2014 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

An independent religious freedom watchdog panel has welcomed the State Department’s annual religious freedom report and its list of the world’s worst offenders, which had laid dormant for three years. ...

China's Grim Religious Freedom Problem
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

While last month marked the 25th anniversary of China’s silencing freedom in Tiananmen Square, this month China has been cementing this grim legacy — particularly regarding religious freedom. ...

Rabbi David Saperstein Tapped as First Non-Christian to Serve as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Monday said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. ...

Did Obama Finally Thread the Needle on Gay Rights and Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

One of the toughest political calculations in Washington is balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religious freedom. One of the toughest p ...

What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., ruling 5-4 that the arts-and-crafts chain does not have to offer insurance for types of birth control that conflict wit ...

Religious Rights Watchdog Pushes to Add Pakistan, Syria to List of Worst Offenders
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

One of the nation’s leading — and official — champions of religious freedom implored the Obama administration to add Pakistan and Syria to the list of nations that most egregiously violate religious rights. ...

Justices May Decide if Photographers can Snub Gay Weddings
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

When Vanessa Willock wanted an Albuquerque photographer to shoot her same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006, she contacted Elane Photography. The response came as a shock: Co-owner Elaine Huguenin said she only ...

A Parched Patch of Prejudice
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Christians are claiming that their religious freedom requires free rein for legalized discrimination. Conservative Christians are claiming that their religious freedo ...

Religious Liberty vs. Civil Rights: A Balancing Act
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may have ended the latest controversy in her state by vetoing a “religious freedom” bill that threatened gay men and lesbians, but the nation’s legislatures and courts are just getting ...

You Brought Me a Beer — and Took My Picture
Originally Posted: 02/25/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Is it any wonder why so many people throw up their hands and run away from what sometimes gets passed off as religion? Isn't it interesting that those who describe themselves as non-religious often grasp ...

Kansas, Arizona Bills Reflect National Fight Over Gay Rights vs. Religious Liberty
Originally Posted: 02/24/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Gay rights are colliding with religious rights in states like Arizona and Kansas as the national debate over gay marriage morphs into a fight over the dividing line between religious liberty and anti-gay discr ...

Sikhs Stand up to Bullying as They Try to Build Understanding
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, Prabhdeep Suri has been the only Sikh in his class, and it’s been obvious. Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, Prabhdee ...

Obama's Religious Freedom Record
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Barack Obama’s critics allege that the president doesn’t practice what he preaches on international religious freedom policy. Barack Obama’s critics allege that the president does ...

Wanted: A New Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

It’s been three months since the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook resigned as the State Department’s religious freedom watchdog, and those who decry religious persecution in Syria, Sudan, and elsewhere are wondering ho ...

5.3 Billion People Face Harsh Religious Freedom Restrictions
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Global religious hostilities reached a six-year high in 2012 and affected more people than government curbs on religious freedom. Global religious hostilities reached a six-year h ...

Christians in Libya Cast Anxious Eye at Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/10/2014 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

Church leaders in Libya remain hopeful that Christians in the mostly Muslim country will be allowed to practice their faith, even as the country appears to be moving towards Shariah law. ...

Frank Wolf, Champion of Religious Freedom, Will End Congressional Career
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

Rep. Frank Wolf, one of the loudest and most persistent voices in Congress for the right of people around the globe to practice their religions freely, will not seek an 18th term. ...

Behind Scenes, Catholic Bishops Seek Exit Strategy for Obamacare Mandate
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 5:46pm | Type: Blog

After a closed-door session at their annual meeting in Baltimore this month, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued an unusual "special message" reaffirming their long-standing opposition to the Obama admi ...

Supreme Court Wrestles with How 'Religious' Prayer Should Be at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court struggled Wednesday with a case that asks whether government bodies can open with prayers that some people find overly religious and excluding. The Supreme Court ...

Suzan Johnson Cook to Resign as Religious Freedom Ambassador
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Suzan Johnson Cook, the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, will announce this week that she is resigning after 17 months on the job, according to two sources familiar w ...

Ethicist Shaun Casey to Oversee Religious Engagement for State Department
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Amid persistent criticism that the U.S. marginalizes religion and religious people in its foreign policy, Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday tapped ethicist and campaign adviser Shaun Casey to lead the St ...

Christians in Sudan Face Increased Hostility
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Despite a promise by the Sudanese government to grant its minority Christian population religious freedom, church leaders there said they are beset by increased restrictions and hostility in the wake of the So ...

The Truth About Religious Freedom in the Military
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

Serving in the armed forces is one of the most honorable professions one can choose in our society. And putting one’s life on the line in defense of freedom is a sacrifice the rest of us can never repay. ...

QUIRK: 'Daily Show' Takes On 'Bullying' of Christians (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee talks LGBT-on-Christian 'bullying' in comedy show segment. Daily Show  correspondent Samantha Bee's latest segment for the ...

10 POLITICAL Things You Can't Do While Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jesus didn't worry much about stepping on political toes, and the Bible insists that governments be just toward the least of these (the books of the prophets alone make this point very clear). ...

On Scripture: Religious Liberty for the Rest of Us
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Eleven legislators, all white male Christians, backed a bill to codify Christianity in state law, saying the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not trump the state’s rights. The effort died a quick ...

Is Religious Freedom At Risk in U.S.?
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

The panelists who came to assess the state of religious freedom in the nation accepted the point that their various faiths might not stand together on anything beyond the need to protect religious freedom, and ...

Does Religious Freedom Report Need More ‘Teeth?'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

Watchdogs say the State Department missed a key opportunity to put teeth into its annual assessment of global religious freedom, which was released by Secretary of State John Kerry Monday. ...

National Day of Prayer: Text of Presidential Proclamation
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Text of President Barack Obama's Proclamation for the National Day of Prayer. Editor's Note:  Below is the text of President Barack Obama's Proclamation for t ...

15 Countries Cited for Religious Freedom Violations
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

For its annual report of violators, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom counts 15 nations where abuse of religious liberty is “systemic, egregious, and ongoing.” ...

State Attorneys General Push Obama on Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

A group of attorneys general believes any employer who says he or she objects to contraception should not have to provide contraceptive coverage. COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thirteen state a ...

Critics: State Department is ‘AWOL’ on Iran’s Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Religious freedom activists scolded the U.S. State Department for not appearing at a hearing Friday on Iran’s treatment of religious minorities, and called for greater government action to secure the release o ...

White House Expands Religious Exemptions to Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 02/04/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration on Friday sought to placate religious groups by broadening religious exemptions and giving faith-based organizations more room to maneuver around its controversial contraception mandat ...

Poll Shows A Double Standard on Religious Liberty
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

Half of Americans worry that religious freedom in the U.S. is at risk, and many say activist groups — particularly gays and lesbians — are trying to remove “traditional Christian values” from the public square ...

Something to Celebrate on Religious Freedom Day
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 12:35pm | Type: Blog

Celebrate because our government does not use our tax dollars to propagate religion, something Jefferson found “sinful and tyrannical.” Today is Religious Freedom Day — a day t ...

Obama at the U.N.: A New Religion Doctrine
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

President Obama on Tuesday gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world's assumptions about free speech and religion. WASHINGTON — ...

Professor to Atheists: 'Stop Whining'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jacques Berlinerblau wastes no ink in his new book trying to flatter his fellow nonbelievers. "American atheist movements, though fancying themselves a lion, are more like the gimpy little zebra crossing ...

BREAKING NEWS: Pastor Nadarkhani Acquitted of Apostasy Charges in Iran, Released from Prison
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

According to a report late Friday from Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an international organization devoted to issues of religious freedom, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, a Muslim convert to Christianity who has b ...

Conservative Law Firm Fights Atheists’ Suit Over Cross at 9/11 Museum
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

A lawsuit that was filed by the group American Atheists to keep a revered cross out of the National September 11 Museum is being challenged by a conservative law firm that defends the public display of religio ...

Missouri 'Right to Pray' Amendment Passes By Wide Margin
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Voters in Missouri overwhelmingly approved a "right to pray" amendment to the state's constitution on Tuesday, despite concerns about the measure's necessity and legality. ...

Missouri to Vote on Prayer Amendment as Critics Warn of Legal Nightmares
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Missourians will vote on Tuesday on a proposed amendment to the state constitution that supporters say would protect residents' right to pray in public. If a recent poll is any indication, it could pass b ...

Poll: Catholics Side With Bishops on Religious Liberty, But Warm to Obama
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

A new poll shows that American Catholics tend to agree with their bishops’ concerns that religious liberties are at risk in the U.S. Nevertheless, Catholics seem to be warming to President Obama. ...

Wheaton College Files Injuction for 'Emergency Relief' from HHS Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Today Wheaton College, a leading evangelical Christian school and the alma mater of the Rev. Billy Graham in Illinois, sought an injunction for "emergency relief," as it seeks to remain exempt from t ...

Does the Contraception Mandate Really Kill Religious Freedom?
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

The Obama administration’s policy requiring most employers to provide free birth control coverage in their health insurance policies takes effect on Aug. 1 — a deadline that has sparked apocalyptic warnings fr ...

State Department Highlights Global Religious Restrictions in New Report
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

Religious minorities continue to suffer loss of their rights across the globe, the State Department reported on Monday, with a rise in blasphemy laws and restrictions on faith practices. ...

What Religious Freedom Is — And Is Not
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Today, the State Department released its 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. Religious freedom means different things in different places. Right now, it’s difficult to vo ...

Should Judge Prevent Man from Attending Church?
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

MARINE, Ill. — Joseph Haegele remembers going to the church across the road from his grandparents' house on Windmill Street in this farm town in 1956, when he was 5 years old. A Madison County Circuit Jud ...