Wise as Serpents but Harmless as Doves
The Obama administration’s new birth control rules are generous and strategically smart, but some opponents still aren’t happy.
Hobby Lobby’s Win Is a Loss for Religious Liberty
When for-profit corporations get the same privileges that have historically been given to religious groups that feed the hungry and care for the sick, religion itself is cheapened and devalued.
Business and Belief
Corporations don’t have religious liberty; human beings do.
The Supreme Court Considers Compulsory Prayer
Mandating prayer at local town board meetings mixes government and religion in a way that is harmful to both.
Religious Liberty + Marriage Equality = Harmony, Not Dissension
Despite opposition activists’ rhetoric, support for nondiscrimination laws and religious liberty are positively connected.
Partners for LGBT Equality
The recent Supreme Court decisions supporting marriage equality underscores the successful alliance that has been forged between the religious community and LGBT advocates.
Building on History: An Interview on Social Justice and Religious Liberty with Nancy Kaufman
Sally Steenland talks with Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women.
People of Faith Should Oppose Official Prayer at Public-School Graduation Ceremonies
In a pluralistic democracy, government should not be in the business of promoting religion.
Reproductive Justice, Religious Liberty, and Pluralistic Democracy
Sally Steenland talks with Rabbi Dennis Ross, a religious advocate and congregational rabbi, in the third interview in a podcast series discussing the current state of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.
The Religious Right Wasn’t Created to Battle Abortion
As the Supreme Court hears arguments in cases on marriage equality, many fear a decades-long backlash reminiscent of that after Roe v. Wade. It is important, however, to remember the real story behind the formation of the religious conservative movement.
Misusing Religious Freedom to Cloak Intolerance
Opposing gay and transgender equality under the guise of religious freedom has deep roots stretching back more than 50 years.
Contraception-Coverage Requirement Strengthens Religious Liberty and Women’s Health
Don’t be fooled by opponents’ claims of religious-liberty infringement—the new contraceptive-coverage provision announced last week does no such thing. It does, however, enhance women’s health.
12 Reproductive Justice and Faith Victories of 2012
Faith leaders this year have helped win 12 important victories in the fight for reproductive justice for all.
‘Religious Liberty’ Does Not Give People a License to Discriminate
Claims of threats to “religious liberty” are all too often not about the free exercise of religion but instead about discriminating against gay Americans.
For many people of faith, the fight for health care reform reflects deeply held values that were tested in the political arena and still remain strong.