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Opinion: Don't Use Religious Liberty to Discriminate

By James Coffin – In the United States, individuals and groups have a long history of discrimination against fellow humans.

But over many decades, legislators and judges have curtailed our freedom to negatively impact others' lives based on our own prejudices. Such government actions have been a great blessing to the targets of discrimination.

Although anti-discrimination laws limit our freedom to say by our actions that we view certain categories of our fellow humans as inferior, unworthy or evil, they also help ensure justice for all.


Fear Used to Promote Ugandan Anti-Gay Law

Protesters outside Uganda High Commission, London, January 8, 2014.  Photo by Kaytee Riek - Creative Commons - Flickr

Last month Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law making homosexuality a crime punishable by life in prison. According to a recent report by Mother Jones, which features extensive video clips, Museveni said the measure had been “provoked by arrogant and careless western groups that are fond of coming into our schools and recruiting young children into homosexuality.”


Obama administration should promote international religious freedom | Washington Times Communities

The Obama administration should take greater steps to promote religious freedom internationally. In First Things magazine, Thomas Farr notes the importance of religious freedom in American efforts abroad. "Religious freedom plays a necessary role in the consolidation of democracy, in economic development, and in social harmony," he says. Religious freedom leads to respect for dissenting views of all kinds, allowing […]


Congress strengthens religious freedom for the military | Dec. 26, 2013

Excerpt: The Senate passed a defense bill with strong bipartisan support last week that includes important language to strengthen and protect the religious freedom of military members and chaplains.


U.S. President Discusses Imprisoned Pastor with Iranian President

U.S. President Discusses Imprisoned Pastor with Iranian President

On September 28, President Obama picked up the phone and called Iranian President Rouhani who was traveling back to JFK airport after speaking at the United Nations in New York. In addition to discussing Iran's nuclear-enrichment program, the presidents spoke about Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, who was arrested because of his faith while visiting Iran over a year ago. This was the first time since the Islamic revolution of 1979 that a U.S. President has spoken with an Iranian president. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. Congress have also been calling for Pastor Saeed's release.


EEOC Files Suit On Behalf of Employee Who Objects to Biometric ID

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit on September 23 against Consol Energy on behalf of a Christian who refused to sign into work using a biometric hand scanner


OPINION: Does Religion Make Civilization Possible?

OPINION:  Does Religion Make Civilization Possible?

Not that long ago our communities instinctively understood that religion was a positive force. Barry Bussey briefly introduces what it is about religion that our forefathers and mothers thought was not only important but essential.


Religious Liberty News Briefs

Religious Liberty News Briefs

On September 19, a bipartisan group introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent the federal government from discriminating through the tax code against individual religious believers who hold the principle that marriage is a union of one man and one woman. According to bill author, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID)H.R. 3133, the “Marriage and Religious Freedom Act,” “will ensure tolerance for individuals and organizations that affirm traditional marriage, protecting them from adverse federal action.” The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL).


Quebec Government Takes Aim at Religious Expression of Public Workers

Quebec Government Takes Aim at Religious Expression of Public Workers

Though, in its current form, the charter is limited to regulating the religious expression of government employees there can be little doubt that given time, considering the inflationary nature of state bureaucracy to expand its influence in citizen's private lives, this policy of “neutrality” will move further toward the private sector employees.


"Examining the Government's Record on Implementing the International Religious Freedom Act" – US House of Representatives