Religious Freedom

Justices Sharply Divided in Gay Rights Case

December 12, 2017
The Supreme Court entered the latest battleground in the culture wars on Tuesday, hearing arguments in a hard-fought clash between gay rights and claims of religious freedom that was a sort of sequel to the court’s 2015 decision establishing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Interfaith Alliance promotes equality, unity through Listening Tour

November 3, 2017
Extremism, hatred, bigotry, violence — these are all things Interfaith Alliance of Iowa aims to tackle through its Listening Tour, a road trip to Iowa communities intended to foster discussion about civil rights and freedom of religion issues that exist on a local, state, and international scale.

Anti-Semitism Envoy Post To Be Filled: State Department – The Forward

April 14, 2017
(JTA) — The Trump administration will appoint a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, according to State Department spokesman Mark Toner. The envoy post has been vacant since Trump took office in January. On Thursday, JTA reported that the envoy’s office staff could be eliminated soon due to new State Department employment rules. The envoy is responsible for keeping tabs on global anti-Semitism and advising other countries in fighting it.

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EU court allows companies to ban headscarves. What will be the impact on Muslim women? | Religion News Service

March 25, 2017
(The Conversation) The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that interprets EU law issued a landmark judgment on March 14 that upheld the right of private companies in EU member countries to enact policies barring employees from wearing “religious, political and philosophical signs” in the interest of “neutrality.”

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J.K. Rowling’s Tweet Bumps Muslim Fundraiser for Vandalized Jewish Cemetery Over $100,000 - World Religion News

February 26, 2017
MUSLIM-AMERICANS RAISE OVER $100,000 TO REPAIR VANDALIZED HISTORIC JEWISH CEMETERY.Despite Donald Trump’s repeated assurances that his government would tackle the problem of anti-Semitism, American Jews were aghast to wake up one morning to find almost 200 tombstones in the Jewish cemetery at St. Louis vandalized.

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Advocates for Religious Freedom Split on Views of LGBT Issues - World Religion News

January 22, 2017
ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS AND LIBERALS HARBOR DIFFERENT VIEWS ON GAY RIGHTS. Influential conservative Christians in the United States, comprised of leaders from almost 90 churches, evangelical seminaries, ministries and publications, of both Orthodox and Catholic clergy, have signed a statement which rejects any kind of legal efforts to protect Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or SOGI. They believe the proposed SOGI laws threaten basic freedoms. The writings were part of the campaign titled “Preserve Freedom, Reject Coercion” by Colson Center for Christian Worldview....
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