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Religious Liberty

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So-Called ‘Cultural War’ Issues Are Really About Justice

Marriage equality and women’s reproductive rights are now being seen for what they always were: issues of basic justice.

By Sally Steenland | Monday, October 6, 2014


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.

By Sally Steenland | Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hobby Lobby

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.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is pictured on June 27, 2013.

Business and Belief

Corporations don’t have religious liberty; human beings do.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Religious Liberty + Marriage Equality = Harmony, Not Dissension

Despite opposition activists’ rhetoric, support for nondiscrimination laws and religious liberty are positively connected.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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.

By Sally Steenland | Friday, June 28, 2013

Public high school graduation

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.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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.

By Sally Steenland | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Antiabortion rally

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.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hilary Clinton

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.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Nancy Pelosi

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.

By Eleni Towns | Friday, December 21, 2012

Carri Jo Anderson holds a bucket of Kuntucky Fried Chicken and a gay pride sign as she joins the protest in front of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Pompano Beach, Fla.

‘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.

By Crosby Burns | Monday, October 15, 2012