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Republican lawmakers urge China to adopt American-style religious freedom

US lawmaker urges China to expand religious freedoms (via AFP) China should act to ensure religious freedoms, a top US opposition lawmaker said at the close of an Asia trip held as President Barack Obama also visits the region. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the number-two Republican in the lower…

Rev. Gaddy: Santorum said ‘some of the scariest things’ about religious freedom

Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, blasted religious leaders and politicians who told their followers that Christianity was persecuted in the United States. “They’re trying to scare them,” he told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, “because they know that if you get people scared, they’re going to say,…

Maryland becomes eighth state to legalize same sex marriage

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed legislation on Thursday that grants same sex couples all the marriage rights currently enjoyed by opposite sex couples. “Religious freedom was the very reason for our State’s founding,” he said in a statement. “At the heart of religious freedom is the freedom of individual…

Bill Moyers on contraception debate: religious freedom includes freedom from it

In a video essay, Bill Moyers explains how the debate over contraception coverage under the new health care legislation highlights a religious debate that is one of the oldest in America. It’s one our forefathers struggled with, and one we continue to struggle with today. “If an individual Catholic worker…

Many words spent on a marvelous prank

What is secularism?: That's the question that I've come to realize the atheist/secularist movement is actually dodging on a regular basis.  Which isn't unusual—most social justice movements are actually pretty hazy when it comes to defining their core values.  This causes less tension than you'd think on a day-to-day basis,…

Let’s not forget who is discriminating and who is discriminated against

One thing that continues to frustrate me about the pharmacy refusal debates is that all the attention is paid to the rights of pharmacists to religious freedom, and none is paid to the rights of their customers that are being violated. I think in part this is because almost all…

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