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LGBTQ Groups Brace For Trump Religious Freedom Move

The White House issued an unexpected statement early Tuesday, promising that President Donald Trump intends to protect LGBTQ rights and would not repeal an Obama-era executive order thought to be in the firing line. Advocates for the LGBTQ community, however, are not comforted by this statement. In fact, they believe something else may be in the works, and that it may be worse for them.

February 2, 2017
The North Carolina State Capitol, home to the General Assembly from 1840–1963

New Religious Freedom Bills Legitimize Discrimination

The practice of using the Bible as a prop for prejudice has a long and ignominious tradition, spanning centuries and continents.

April 9, 2016
The North Carolina State Capitol, home to the General Assembly from 1840–1963

Why North Carolina’s New Anti-LGBT Law Is A Trojan Horse

The law strips North Carolina workers of the ability to sue under a state anti-discrimination law, a right that has been upheld in court since 1985.

April 5, 2016
North Carolina Anti-LGBT Bill March

Republicans’ Anti-LGBT Laws Have Been Months In The Making

Socially conservative Republicans are at an advantage on the state level: the party holds 31 governorships across the country and 68 of 98 state legislatures. In 23 states, Republicans control both the governor’s mansion and both legislative chambers.

March 28, 2016
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Georgia Governor To Veto Religious Freedom Bill Seen As Anti-Gay

Deal said he could not support legislation that drew wide criticism from corporations and had triggered threats of a state boycott by the entertainment industry, including movie and TV studios and prominent actors.

March 28, 2016

5 Things Donald Trump Is Teaching Us About The GOP Base

Republican leaders have fundamentally misunderstood the Trump phenomenon from the beginning.

February 29, 2016

Rep. Julio Gonzalez Doubles Down On ‘Religious Freedom Bill’

This bill’s very existence suggests the lengths to which the forces of recalcitrance and resistance are willing to go to carve out some kind of official exemption for their bigotry.

October 28, 2015

Govt. Workers Have Right To Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses: Pope

“Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right,” Francis said.

September 28, 2015

This Week In Crazy: Come Hell And High Water

Ah, America, where you can simultaneously hold the Constitution up as a holy totem and conveniently forget anything in it you don’t like.

September 11, 2015

What A Performance In Kentucky

Crying and laughing at the same time, Kim Davis acted as if it was all she could do to collect herself after her emancipation. Great showmanship on her part.

September 10, 2015

Analysis: Kim Davis And Presidential Politics Are Probably Not A Good Mix

In the long run, what voters prize most is good judgment about the issues that most affect their lives, and racing to the scene of the latest controversy could be seen as opportunistic.

September 9, 2015

Judge Releases Kim Davis From Jail; Rapturous Supporters Praise Her Courage

A Kentucky judge ordered the release Tuesday of Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who had been jailed for refusing to comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

September 8, 2015

Kentucky Clerk Jailed For Denying Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

A Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds was held in contempt of court and jailed.

September 3, 2015

Bakery Ordered To Pay $135,000 For Denying Wedding Cake To Lesbian Couple

The former owners of an Oregon bakery have been ordered to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused a wedding cake, in the latest front in the battle between religious liberty and individual rights.

July 5, 2015

Texas Will Give Legal Help To Officials Who Refuse Same-Sex Couples On Religious Beliefs

The Texas attorney general told local county clerks and other officials that if they refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or perform weddings because they conflict with their religious beliefs the state will help them fight their case if they face lawsuits.

June 29, 2015
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FBI Probed Texas Gunman ‘Over Jihadist Sympathies’

The gunmen involved in the Garland, Texas, shooting were on the FBI’s radar for ‘jihadist sympathies’.

May 5, 2015
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House Republicans Hesitate To Overturn D.C. Law On Reproductive Rights

GOP House members use an arcane measure to infringe on the rights women and local governments, by ‘disapproving’ a D.C. law protecting the use of birth control in the workplace.

April 30, 2015

Toxic Law: How Corporate Power And ‘Religious Freedom’ Threaten Democracy

Corporations are valuable and useful vehicles for creating wealth. But they are not and never should be political and religious actors.

April 4, 2015
Governor Mike Pence of Indiana speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Thankfully, Faith Of Force And Exclusion Is Not The Only Faith There Is

Mike Pence and Sylvia Allen exemplify the problem with the religious right.

April 1, 2015
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Secular de Blasio Sows Confusion As New York Pre-K Allows Prayer

For Mayor de Blasio, inclusivity in public schools wins favor with religious groups and garners a faithful voter base, but antagonizes secular progressives as a result.

March 19, 2015

Poll: Female Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Hobby Lobby Decision

Republicans are already at a disadvantage when it comes to female voters, and their support for the Hobby Lobby ruling could hurt them even more. A recent poll shows that a majority of female voters from across the political spectrum oppose the Supreme Court’s decision — and candidates who back it. Hart Research Associates, a Democratic firm, released a survey […]

July 28, 2014
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U.S. ‘Delighted’ By Impending Arrival Of Sudanese Christian Convert

Washington (AFP) — The White House said it was “delighted” over the release by Sudan of a Christian woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, and welcomes her arrival “soon” in the United States. “The United States is delighted that Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishaq is now safe and free and will soon be traveling to […]

July 25, 2014

Mosul Christians’ Flight Triggered By Leaders’ Refusal To Meet Islamists

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff BARTELLA, Iraq — Abu Imad wasn’t particularly worried when masked gunmen from a range of militant Islamist groups took control of the northern city of Mosul, where he lived. “When they came in June and drove out the army, things became normal quickly. I didn’t see any reason to […]

July 25, 2014
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Sudanese Christian Woman Who Faced Death Over Her Faith Meets Pope Francis

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — A Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith flew to Italy on Thursday and met with Pope Francis. Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death by a court in Khartoum, Sudan, in May for illegally abandoning the Muslim faith. She […]

July 24, 2014

A Missed Chance On Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON — To understand why religious freedom matters, put yourself in the position of someone who is part of a minority faith tradition in a town or nation that overwhelmingly adheres to a different creed. Then judge public practices by how they would affect the hypothetical you. This act of empathy helps explain why religious […]

May 8, 2014