religious freedom

Religious diversity, school calendars and the quest for fairness

Religious monopolies like the one enjoyed for so long by Protestants in public schools are antithetical to religious freedom. We can disagree on how best to move from monopoly to diversity, but we should work together toward the shared goal of fairness and equity for all.
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After Gay Marriage, Can We Move from Battleground to Common Ground?

State of the First Amendment 2015

In recent years, religious freedom — or, more precisely, religious freedom claims — have been front and center in the battle over same-sex marriage.
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Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law faces critics, history

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defends his state’s new “religious freedom restoration” law, saying that “this bill is not about discrimination,” despite critics’ claims that it will be used for just that purpose — particularly against LGBT citizens.
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Newseum-Pulitzer Center Series Continues March 12

Misha Friedman

“Crackdown in the New Russia” is the second in a series of programs focusing on international reporting and the influence of religion on public attitudes toward LGBT people.
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Appeals court rules for employer on ‘ministerial exception’

ministerial exception

Employment discrimination laws sometimes take a backseat to the religious-liberty rights of religious institutions.
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In 2014, Marriage and Contraception Dominated U.S. Religion News

Marriage and Contraception

As expected, marriage and contraception dominated 2014’s domestic religion news headlines. At this time last year, same-sex marriage was legal in fifteen states, plus the District of Columbia. Today, 70 percent
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Theotorture

Guantánamo

“I’d do it again in a minute,” former Vice President Dick Cheney asserted, without remorse, on NBC’s Meet the Press. The “it” he was referring to was the Central Intelligence
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Video: Free Speech, Cartoons and the Prophet

Journalism/Works: Free Speech, Cartoons and the Prophet

On Nov. 13, 2014, the Newseum Institute’s Gene Policinski was joined by Jyllands-Posten cultural editor Flemming Rose for a discussion about the Danish newspaper’s still-disputed decision to publish a series of cartoons satirizing the prophet Mohammed in 2005.
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A Legal Approach to Questions about Religious Diversity

Religious Diversity

Academic legal research and the associated method of legal analysis can significantly enhance the study of religion. Scholars of American religions cite legal cases but often do not apply the
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Marriage and Contraception Will Dominate 2014’s Religion Headlines

gay marriage

On the domestic front, there are two obvious frontrunners for the religion headlines likely to predominate in 2014. Both involve imminent decisions by the US Supreme Court: same-sex marriage and
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