Tag: Religious Freedom


Should a Public School Coach Be Praying With Players?

Which does the U.S. Constitution guarantee – freedom of religion, or freedom from it? The short answer (as with so many constitutional issues) is: It depends. Contextualism and the ongoing ability to interpret the document are two of its greatest strengths, helping assure its durability and relevance. There are settings where an enforced absence of public religious expression is required (bans on prayer in public school classrooms); other situations allow for religious expression, as long as all religious sensibilities are respected (wearing a cross, a yarmulke, a hijab or whatever religious symbols/clothing......

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When Religion Disrupts the Secular Workday

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: After all the headlines about the county clerk jailed for refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky, a flight attendant named Charee Stanley has now made news for refusing to serve alcohol to airplane passengers. Her claim is that as a devout Muslim, her religion forbids her to perform that task. But where is the religious freedom movement to support her? “If you intuitively stand with one, why don’t you stand with the other just as much since each is looking for accommodation......

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Religious Freedom vs. Imposing Your Faith on Others

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: A county clerk in Kentucky has been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses in accordance with the law. The way I see it, Kim Davis not being allowed to impose her religious views on others – her belief that only heterosexual partners should marry – actually guarantees the religious liberty principle that Americans hold dear. “The bedrock upon which religious freedom rests is the fact that we have laws which protect the religious and personal views of all people, whether any of us......

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The Violent Reaction to Women of the Wall

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Religious freedom is in the news again, as Israelis rebel against rules about where and how women can pray. This week, some at the Western Wall in Jerusalem reacted violently when members of the advocacy group Women of the Wall defied traditional (gender-based) restrictions on public expressions of faith. An angry riot reportedly ensued among the ultra-Orthodox witnesses, and I thought about this: “Why would people behave that way? What was going on? Where does love of your fellow Jew, also a tradition, factor......

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Passover, Freedom, and Martyrdom: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 30-April 3), we discussed the start of Passover and the discussion of freedom that surrounds this time. We were struck by a friend’s birthday celebration and the art of giving and receiving. And, we reflected on the Pope’s Holy Week address and the debate around Indiana’s new Religious Freedom law. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Is Focusing on Martyrdom Really the Way To Go? – Brad Hirschfield Palm Sunday opened Holy Week on Sunday, as......

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Why We Should Be Talking About Religious Freedom

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series:?Lawmakers in Indiana and Alabama are facing a firestorm after they enacted new legislation around religious freedoms, which critics say is designed to discriminate against LGBT citizens. In contentious debates, there has got to be for all of our sakes, a way to combine passionate advocacy with spiritual and intellectual humility. Not paralysis, not silence, but genuine humility that recognizes the dignity of those on the other side. For more on why it’s important to talk about this issue, watch my video discussion ?below: Odyssey......

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Video: Ironic Victory in Greece, NY

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, fanatical religion and absolutist atheism lost and the rest of us won. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of Galloway v. Greece, NY that prayer was acceptable in public meetings – a case brought by a group of local atheists. The latest town meeting in Greece opened with an invocation by local atheist, Dan Courtney. Watch my video discussion below for more commentary: Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their......

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Why America Should Celebrate Both Its Secularist and Its Religious Roots

As the old saying goes, what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.? And now people entering the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, FL will be able to have a gander at both a monument featuring the Ten Commandments and another one which will feature quotes celebrating secularism as well.? And why not? Having lost the battle to have the original monument to the Ten Commandments removed, the national organization, American Atheists, has decided that it will simply erect an additional monument – one which celebrates its animating ideology.? The......

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