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Opinion: ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law
Religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to impose one’s views on others (Louise Melling, The Washington Post)
Activist’s acquittal unlikely to end church-directory fight at Athens courthouse
Eliot Kalman won’t be punished for pasting a First Amendment sticker over the church directory on the Athens County Courthouse (The Columbus Dispatch)
How have Christians and non-Christians fared before the Supreme Court in RFRA and RLUIPA cases? - The Washington Post
If you really think that head-counts of winners in Supreme Court religious exemption cases are the way to evaluate biases, then I take it you should conclude that the more liberal court of the 1960s to 1980s was biased in favor of Christians and the more conservative court of the 1990s to 2010s hasn’t been.
Why (some) states use religion to justify violence - The Washington Post
When states enforce a particular interpretation of religious law, citizens are forced to abide by it rather than their own conscience. And when states retain the ability to hire and train clerical staff, manage the construction of religious buildings and even approve sermons, they hinder the ability of individuals and groups to function as independent social actors. Through policy mechanisms, religion becomes a tool of the state, ready to be wielded to advance its interests. That tool can even be used to justify acts of physical coercion and even violence
God, Gays and the Atlanta Fire Department - The New York Times
It should not matter that the investigation found no evidence that Mr. Cochran had mistreated gays or lesbians. His position as a high-level public servant makes his remarks especially problematic, and requires that he be held to a different standard.
Watchdog: Tax breaks for churches: Favoring believers over nonbelievers? - The Orange County Register
"Most people have no idea how the religious exemptions work, or what they’re worth. No one had really tried to calculate it.Just putting it on the radar is worth doing, even if it’s not going to change policies in the short run. In the long run, I think it will.” said Ryan T. Cragun, principal author of “How Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else) Subsidize Religion in the United States.” Why? Because fewer and fewer people align themselves with organized religions, and they may be less and less willing to give believers tax breaks.
Ky. rejects $18M in tax incentives for Noah's Ark park
A proposed Noah's Ark theme park in northern Kentucky has been turned down for around $18 million in state tax incentives amid concerns that it will promote religion and violate the separation of church and state. Answers in Genesis — says it is considering legal action in federal court.
The Protestant Mainline Goes to Washington | Religion & Politics
When the Johnson Amendment passed in 1954—the amendment that was the target of the recent Pulpit Freedom Sunday—it was in the context of the political mobilization of mainline Protestants, not evangelicals.
Christian group fights for identity against Cal State policy
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship members say they just want to spread the word, to provide a welcoming space for believers and non-believers alike on college campuses that sometimes can seem cold and isolating (Los Angeles Times)
Government officials ask church and strip club to stop fight (Coshocton Tribune, Oh.)
"The protests are becoming more personal and more problematic, so we felt the need to plead with both sides to at least stop for a while."
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