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.
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.
(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.
(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.”
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.
After an election year that stirred up animosity across racial and religious lines, a new survey has found that Americans are actually feeling warmer toward people in nearly every religious group — including Muslims — than they did three years ago.
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....