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Religious Liberty

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3 Ways to Celebrate Religious Freedom Day

It 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.

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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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.