religious freedom

Evangelical Right Behind HHS’s New ‘Conscience and Religious Freedom Division’ (Video)

Evangelical Right Behind HHS’s New ‘Conscience and Religious Freedom Division’ (Video)

“Religious freedom.” It doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Who would be opposed to it? In fact, the First Amendment makes it clear we have a tacit freedom of religion when its states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” There’s a reason it’s the first […]

5 Things You Should Know About Religion And Freedom Of Speech

5 Things You Should Know About Religion And Freedom Of Speech

Hello, dear readers, your friendly liberal lawyer is back with another guide to the oft-misunderstood first amendment. This week we’ll look at religious free speech, specifically, what clergy can and cannot say and what lines they must not cross. 1. The Basics As you may remember from my first freedom of speech piece, the first […]

ACLU Prediction: More Right-Wing ‘Religious Freedom’ Bills To Come (VIDEO)

ACLU Prediction: More Right-Wing ‘Religious Freedom’ Bills To Come (VIDEO)

Many red states have started trying to pass “religious freedom” bills over the last year. They call it “religious freedom,” but it’s really a thinly-veiled plot to push their RWNJ agenda. They use these bills to give themselves permission to discriminate against anyone they want to. It protects businesses and religious groups from being charged […]

Survey Says! There Is No Middle-Ground In ‘Religious Freedom’ Debate (VIDEOS)

Survey Says! There Is No Middle-Ground In ‘Religious Freedom’ Debate (VIDEOS)

What does “religious freedom” mean to you? Is it the right of the religious to freely promote and practice their religious beliefs unadulterated or is it an excuse by religious communities to use doctrines for purposes of oppressing those who are not like them? “Religious freedom” is, if nothing else, one of the most polarizing […]

WTF? Mike Pence’s Religious Freedom Law Is Now A Defense For Child Abusers (VIDEO)

WTF? Mike Pence’s Religious Freedom Law Is Now A Defense For Child Abusers (VIDEO)

Most of the furor over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act focused on the prospect that it could legally sanction discrimination against the LGBT community. But there’s another, more fundamental problem with the law that was most associated with Indiana Governor Mike Pence before he joined Donald Trump’s ticket. Even after being “fixed,” it could still potentially give […]

Dear Christian Right: You Are Soooo Wrong And NOT Persecuted

Dear Christian Right: You Are Soooo Wrong And NOT Persecuted

For some strange reason, many Christians seem to think they are being persecuted in this country. In a Public Religion Research Institute survey, 74 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of supporters of Donald Trump (R-N.Y.) say that Christian persecution is a major problem in this country. The Religious Right seems to be in its own little […]

An Open Letter To My Fellow Christians: No One Wants You To Compromise Your Beliefs But You (VIDEO)

An Open Letter To My Fellow Christians: No One Wants You To Compromise Your Beliefs But You (VIDEO)

My Dear Fellow Christians: Just like you, I was raised in a church. My family was, for at least most of my childhood, very involved with the church. Since childhood I remember hearing the concerns of the church being discussed all around me: Who’s organizing the soup kitchen so we can feed the hungry? How […]

Conservative Butthurt Imminent: New Bill Wouldn’t Let Them Discriminate

Conservative Butthurt Imminent: New Bill Wouldn’t Let Them Discriminate

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed in 1993 “to ensure that interests in religious freedom are protected.” Lately, the bill has been used to more to restrict freedoms. One of the worst offenders is Hobby Lobby. They said that providing birth control to their employees violates their religious beliefs, so they didn’t want to cover […]

U.S. House Plunges Into Chaos As GOP Push For LGBT Discrimination

U.S. House Plunges Into Chaos As GOP Push For LGBT Discrimination

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are all about maintaining the “religious freedom” to establish and cultivate Jim Crow-esque approaches to the LGBT community. This desire to keep God’s boot on the necks of LGBT Americans was put on solid display Thursday as Republican leaders worked diligently to ensure the failure of an amendment […]

VIDEO: Missouri Legislature Turns The Tide On LGBT Discrimination Laws

VIDEO: Missouri Legislature Turns The Tide On LGBT Discrimination Laws

The Missouri legislature just dealt a huge blow to the so-called “religious freedom” laws that have been spreading through the U.S. like wildfire. After Democrats in the State Senate strung together a passionate 41-hour filibuster that ultimately failed to keep Senate Joint Resolution 39 from passing the chamber, it then went to the State House. […]

These People Hide Behind ‘Religious Freedom’ To Run Sleazy Day Cares

These People Hide Behind ‘Religious Freedom’ To Run Sleazy Day Cares

Yesterday, I told you that in four states–including my state of North Carolina–church-affiliated day care centers are allowed to get away with things that would never be tolerated at their secular counterparts–such as heavy-handed corporal punishment. Well, it turns out that this is the tip of the iceberg. While digging into these centers, the folks at […]

Georgia Governor Grows A Pair, Stands Up To GOP Reps On ‘Religious Freedom’ Bills

Georgia Governor Grows A Pair, Stands Up To GOP Reps On ‘Religious Freedom’ Bills

Two weeks ago, it looked like Georgia was on the verge of joining the parade of discrimination disguised as religious freedom. After all, a Republican-dominated legislature had just passed a bill similar to the one passed in Mississippi, and sent it to the desk of a very conservative Republican governor, Nathan Deal. But Deal vetoed it. […]

Mississippi Hops On The LGBT Discrimination Train

Mississippi Hops On The LGBT Discrimination Train

In the wake of the veto of the anti-LBGT law in Georgia and the national outrage over HB 2 passed in North Carolina, another southern state is attempting to protect so-called “religious freedoms.” The Mississippi Senate passed HB 1523, also known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” on Wednesday night. The content of the bill would allow […]

You Won’t Believe What The Tennessee Legislature Wants To Do Now

You Won’t Believe What The Tennessee Legislature Wants To Do Now

Being born and raised in Tennessee, I can honestly say that I’ve never been more proud of my home state’s legislature as I was last year in April when they stopped a bill that would make Andrew Jackson’s bible the state book. Jackson’s name was chosen out of a group of other Tennesseans like Elvis […]

The S.C. Evangelical Chairman For Ted Cruz Proves Scarier Than Glenn Beck Regarding The Constitution

The S.C. Evangelical Chairman For Ted Cruz Proves Scarier Than Glenn Beck Regarding The Constitution

It seems that Ted Cruz and his far-right Christian supporters took advantage of the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia this past Saturday, Feb.13. With the political world fighting over what comes next after Scalia’s death, many stories went by almost unnoticed. So when footage of Glenn Beck popped up with his claim […]

Brigham Young University Accused Of Violating Students’ Religious Freedom

Brigham Young University Accused Of Violating Students’ Religious Freedom

The highly-contentious conflict of religious freedom has a new battlefield. A sociology professor who was scheduled to speak at Brigham Young University’s 22nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium backed out of his commitment. His reason? According to the professor, Brigham Young University “fundamentally violates” the religious freedom of its students. In a letter to […]

Here’s What Solicitors Of Religious Freedom, White Supremacy And Men’s Rights All Have In Common

Here’s What Solicitors Of Religious Freedom, White Supremacy And Men’s Rights All Have In Common

Kim Davis is still defying the Supreme Court in the name of her religious beliefs. Paul Elam has referred to Bill Cosby’s victims as “drug whoring star f*ckers.” Some of the things Donald Trump has said were once upon a time more likely to be heard at a Klan rally than a mainstream political forum. […]

Muslim Woman Kicked Out Of Store For Wearing Hijab. Clearly Discrimination!

Muslim Woman Kicked Out Of Store For Wearing Hijab. Clearly Discrimination!

A Michigan cash advance store kicked a Muslim woman out of the store for refusing to take off her hijab. We can all see that this is a blatant case of religious discrimination by a clerk at Advance America Cash Advance, a cash advance store in . Fatah Kamal, the woman’s husband, had this to […]

NC County Commission Chairman Walks Out On Muslim Prayer

NC County Commission Chairman Walks Out On Muslim Prayer

Back in May, I told you that the chairman of the county commission in Lincoln County, North Carolina–northwest of my hometown of Charlotte–was none too pleased at a federal court telling another county that it could no longer open its meetings with sectarian prayers. Chairman Carrol Mitchem declared that as long as he had any […]

Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ (RFRA) Has Hilariously Unintended Consequence

Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ (RFRA) Has Hilariously Unintended Consequence

When Indiana lawmakers passed their state’s version of religious freedom, America foamed at the mouth in disposition toward it. Now, American’s can lean back and bask, for religious freedom in Indiana also means getting high. The ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ (RFRA) may actually do something positive. Who would’ve thought? On July 1, parishioners of the […]

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