Religion Commentary

At the High Court, rare win for workplace religious freedom

Beyond religious garb and grooming, it remains to be seen to what extent the Court’s ruling will encourage business owners to work harder to accommodate requests for religious accommodation on such issues as religious holidays and Sabbath observance.
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Gay marriage, gender identity and the future of religious dissent

Inside the First Amendment

The rapid shift in public support for gay marriage and LGBT civil rights in Europe and the U.S. has left religious conservatives scrambling to put spokes in the fast-moving wheel of social change.
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Tattooed Jesus, yoga and the debate over school endorsement of religion

Inside the First Amendment

Legal battles over when and where to draw the church-state line on school endorsement of religion can be a nightmare for administrators, a headache for judges and a payday for lawyers.
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Messages of hate, signs of freedom

Inside the First Amendment

Freedom of speech took a hit this week when New York City’s transit authority voted to ban all political and public-issue advertising on its buses and subways.
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Indiana fallout poisons well for religious freedom

Inside the First Amendment

The Indiana debate – much like the RFRA fight in Arizona two years ago and current debates in Georgia and Arkansas – has been so misleading, vindictive and divisive that any rational discussion of if (and how) we can uphold both nondiscrimination and religious freedom in Indiana or anywhere else may no longer be possible.
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The perils of a “Christian America”

Inside the First Amendment

Thanks to the First Amendment, the United States is arguably the most religiously diverse – and most religiously free – society on earth. But not all Americans welcome the new religious America.
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Fifty years later, schools still struggle with religion

Inside the First Amendment

The constitutional neutrality required of public school educators means much more than a legal line drawn by courts – it involves a civic commitment to treat every student and parent with fairness and respect.
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Vaccines, science and the limits of freedom

Inside the First Amendment

Protecting individual rights is a core American value. But when the lives of children are at risk, public health and safety must necessarily trump even the most sincere claim of conscience.
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Duke, Muslims and the politics of intimidation

Duke University Chapel

What began as a gesture of interfaith hospitality ended badly last week when Duke University suddenly cancelled plans to begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel every Friday afternoon.
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For religious freedom and LGBT rights, a year of decision

Rainbow flag

The New Year begins much like the old year ended with bitter, emotional clashes between proponents of LGBT rights and religious objectors to same-sex marriage.
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