religious freedom

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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“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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Liberty: A Vote or a Veto?

Hobby Lobby

Over 92 bills in 32 state legislatures have been introduced to prevent “religious laws” from being used in court decisions–that is, non-Christian “religious laws.” Seven states successfully turned these bills into law,
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Bid for State Religion Fails

North Carolina General Assembly

According to a lawsuit filed last month by the American Civil Liberties Union, the commissioners of North Carolina’s Rowan County have, over the past five years, opened 97 percent of
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Hell or Hope? The Choice is Ours


True or false? In 1988, did the state of Pennsylvania reaffirm a “blasphemy law” that forbade corporate names with words that “profane the Lord’s name”? George Kalman found out the
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George Maynard recalls license-plate ordeal, free-speech victory

Most United States Supreme Court cases do not arise out of a $25 fine and a license plate. But George Maynard’s case did after he covered up the state of
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