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Religion and Values: Archives

The Francis Moment: A Moral Call to Action on Climate Change

Pope FrancisPope Francis has created an incredible moment of synergy for faith-based and environmental advocates to push for action to protect all people, as well as the planet.

by Claire Markham, Myriam Alexander-Kearns, Connor Hayes | Thursday, June 25, 2015

Responsible Credit Is an Economic and Moral Issue

Maranda Brooks stands outside a payday loans business. article icon Issue Brief As states and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau debate payday lending regulation, both economics and faith illustrate the need for effective consumer protections.

by Joe Valenti and Claire Markham | Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Strengthening Child Welfare Systems by Resisting LGBT Discrimination

Adopted child of same-sex parentsReligious exemption laws would deny loving homes to vulnerable youth.

by Carolyn Davis and Hannah Hussey | Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Infographic: RFRA Repercussions

Overly broad state religious freedom restoration acts, or RFRAs, threaten true religious freedom and could have far-reaching negative consequences.

by Donna Barry, Billy Corriher, Carolyn Davis, Chester Hawkins, Lauren Kokum, Sarah McBride | Thursday, May 7, 2015

State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Threaten True Religious Liberty

Warwick SabinUnder the guise of protecting religious freedom, states across the country are opening the door to discrimination by enacting misguided laws and policies.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

Lebanon Christians vigil book_alt2 icon Report Some of the world's oldest Christian communities are disappearing in the very lands where their faith was born. The status of Christians in the Middle East is an important sign of broader regional trends in religious freedom, pluralism, and tolerance.

by Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, John B. Craig | Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fear, Inc. 2.0

book_alt2 icon Report An examination of the Islamophobia network’s efforts to spread misinformation and propaganda about Islam and American Muslims in the United States.

by Matthew Duss, Yasmine Taeb, Ken Gude, Ken Sofer | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

15 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2015

Chicago Archbishop Blase CupichReligious leaders and faith-based activists are poised to make significant progress on a range of social justice issues this year.

by Claire Markham and Lauren Kokum | Thursday, January 22, 2015

3 Ways to Celebrate Religious Freedom Day

religious tolerance assemblyIt is important to mark the nation’s progress in achieving religious freedom for all Americans, but the United States must also note the distance it still has to go.

by Sally Steenland | Friday, January 16, 2015

Health Care that Heals

Pope FrancisPope Francis teaches that access to comprehensive health care, which acknowledges the dignity of the whole person at each stage of life, is necessary to build a more just world.

by Claire Markham | Thursday, October 30, 2014

Education that Empowers

Pope Francis babyPope Francis teaches that education is a tool for developing individuals, communities, and the world in service of compassion and fairness, suggesting that a commitment to quality, accessible education for all is a crucial element of building a more just world.

by Claire Markham | Thursday, October 23, 2014

An Economy that Serves

Pope FrancisPope Francis has repeatedly highlighted the importance of work and his concern that the current economy values profit over people, urging people of faith and conscience to champion changes in business and the labor market that protect workers.

by Claire Markham | Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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

mother and daughter with pride flagMarriage 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

Spirited and Faithful: An Interview with Rev. Marvin Ellison on the Role of Faith Leaders in the Reproductive Justice Movement

http://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Ellison_thumb.jpgSally Steenland interviews Rev. Marvin Ellison, a writer, educator, and advocate for reproductive rights, about his work to organize clergy for reproductive justice.

by Sally Steenland | Thursday, September 25, 2014

How Would Francis Vote?

Pope Francis speakingPope Francis has been a strong proponent of civic engagement during his papacy, calling for his billions of followers—and inspiring other admirers—to consider their faith and values when working to build more just societies.

by Claire Markham | Thursday, September 18, 2014