Daniel Arkell was leading a Bible study for a Christian group at Washburn University Law School in Kansas back in 2004 when the group's president reprimanded him for saying that people's eyes offer a glimpse into their souls. Arkell, who is a Mormon, was asked to sign a statement recognizing the Bible, not the Book of Mormon, as the word of God.
After a year in which we witnessed an alarming number of attacks on religious diversity and pluralism around the world, it is critical that we reaffirm our commitment to protecting and promoting the universal right to freedom of religion or belief for all.
Two years ago, a longtime customer walked into Barronelle Stutzman's flower shop with a request: the customer—who is gay—asked Stutzman to provide flowers for his wedding. Stutzman declined, citing her Christian faith's objections to same-sex marriage, and was eventually charged with violating Washington's state anti-discrimination statute.
This month the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to make same-sex marriage legal in the United States. While the courts and lawmakers have been wrestling with the rights of gay and lesbian Americans, so too have the country's churches.
Indiana is no longer the industrial and agricultural state that many perceive it to be. It's population has become more diverse as a result of its attractiveness to people fleeing the high costs of coastal living, and Indianapolis' success in drawing 'the creative class' and tech and innovative businesses. And that's why the Religious Freedom law has touched off such a battle in the state.
By Barry W. Bussey in Religion and Politics and Politics and Religion. The goal of politics and partisanship is power. Political parties and politicians are attracted to church communities because of the potential support for their partisan ends.
Barry W. Bussey's insight:
What is transpiring in the U.S. with the politics of Trump, Carson etc. I am reminded of the lessons I learned in my own brief experience in politics.
The start of the in-out referendum campaign and the UKSC redefines the law on joint enterprise – but there was some law & religion news as well… The Prime Minister and the EU On Friday the Prime Minister announced that he had concluded an...
American Christians are increasingly aware that the church has a political image problem, and are increasingly eager to repair it. Association with the Religious Right, the once-dominant political machine whose public credibility seems to be in steady decline, is quickly becoming a source of embarrassment for all but the most conservative congregations.
On June 5, Franklin Graham took to his Facebook page to provoke a boycott of Wells Fargo. The bank has released a series of nine new commercials profiling their customer diversity, including one featuring a lesbian couple learning sign language in advance of adopting a deaf child.
Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law SB101, the state's religious freedom bill, which prompted a sharp and vocal backlash. Critics say the bill will allow discrimination against the LGBT community on religious grounds.
In a statement explaining his decision to sit as an independent, James Lunney said he wants to place some distance between himself and the Harper government so he can “defend my beliefs” without it reflecting back on the Conservative caucus, which he made a point of framing as diverse
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