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A Place for Faith in Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl Ad

The conversation surrounding Coca-Cola’s much-discussed America the Beautiful Super Bowl commercial missed the most important part: its celebration of America as a nation of many faiths.  In a culture increasingly hostile to public expression of faith, Coca-Cola should be celebrated for including a scene featuring Jewish men wearing yarmulkes and another scene with Muslim women wearing hijabs.  […]

Gettysburg, Under God

Some anti-religious activist organizations seem always to be mounting new and aggressive campaigns to expunge all remaining evidence of religion from public life.  To coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is on a campaign to expunge Lincoln’s words “under God” from the Address – as if it […]

Anti-Jewish Hostility Increasing in U.S. and Europe

The New York Times reports that three Jewish families have sued the school district of Pine Bush, N.Y., over claims of widespread anti-Semitism in schools.  Sworn depositions reveal numerous depictions of swastikas in the schools, presumably by other students. In one especially appalling incident, a pair of students attacked a Jewish girl, held her down, […]

On Anniversary of Temple Massacre, Sikh Community Finds Hope through Faith

Sikhs gathered from around the world this week to remember those killed and wounded in a mass shooting at the gurdwara (temple) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, one year ago this Monday.  The anniversary of the shooting serves, among other things, to remind all Americans of the role that faith plays in creating hope for those […]

Victory for Religious Autonomy at the European Court of Human Rights

12 June 2014

The American Religious Freedom Program played a role in a new victory for religious liberty in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).  In the case of Fernández Martínez v. Spain, the ECtHR’s Grand Chamber granted a landmark victory for faith communities’ religious autonomy. ARFP and Belgium’s Catholic University of Louvain joined an interveners’ brief […]

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Religious Freedom Is the New Civil Rights Issue, Samuel Rodriguez and Rick Warren Say

10 June 2014

By: Christian Post   At a panel discussion on religious freedom hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference president Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren argued that religious freedom is emerging as America’s key civil rights issue for the coming decades.  They were joined by Dr. Russell Moore, […]

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25 Years After Tiananmen Square China Tightens Grip on Religious Freedom

02 June 2014

By: CNN In remembrance of the 25th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square protests that resulted in government violence against peaceful protesters, CNN documents the restrictions to religious freedom of people of all faiths in China today.  Not only do Christians face arrests, fines, and the closing of churches, but Buddhists, Muslims, and other groups are undergoing […]

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“In God We Trust” on currency doesn’t violate the First Amendment or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

28 May 2014

By: Washington Post A federal court in New York ruled that the United States’ official motto “In God We Trust” is a “reference to our religious heritage” and therefore constitutional to print on currency.  The court ruled that the printing of the motto does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, nor does it […]

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Seven Reasons Why Religious Freedom is Good for Business

26 May 2014

By: Canon and Culture Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, explores seven positive impacts that religious freedom has on business. Among other things, religious freedom multiplies trust in the marketplace, develops the economy, and lays the groundwork for broad expression of other fundamental freedoms.  Read more>>

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Quebec Rejects Secularism

21 May 2014

By: American Interest   Sociologist and scholar of religion Peter Berger reflects on the significance of an April election in Quebec’s National Assembly that many saw as a rejection of the province’s proposed secularist “Charter of Values.”  The charter, which had been introduced by the ruling Parti Quebecois, required all public employees to maintain strict […]

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Supreme Court upholds legislative prayer at council meetings

05 May 2014

By: Washington Post The Supreme Court held today that legislative bodies that begin meetings with a prayer do not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.  In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Court concluded that the plaintiffs were asking federal courts to “act as supervisors and censors of religious speech, a rule that would involve government in religious matters to a […]

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USCIRF: State Department should double list of worst religious freedom offenders

30 April 2014

By: Religion News Service The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its 15th annual report, which provides foreign policy recommendations to the U.S. State Department. This year’s report recommends that the State Department cite a total of 16 countries on its list of “Countries of Particular Concern.” The State Department only lists eight […]

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ARFP Condemns Anti-Semitic Attack Against Kansas City Jewish Community

14 April 2014

The American Religious Freedom Program is outraged by the anti-Semitic shooting and murders at two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City yesterday and expresses deepest sympathy for the victims, their families, and the members of the American Jewish community.  This heinous crime is even more disturbing because it comes on the eve of Passover, one of Judaism’s most important holidays.  All Americans must stand together with our Jewish friends and neighbors in condemning anti-Semitism and […]

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ADL Audit: Anti-Semitic incidents down in U.S., Assaults Up

01 April 2014

From: Jewish Telegraphic Agency A new audit released by the Anti-Defamation League shows that although the total number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States decreased in 2013, there was a distributing increase in the number of violent assaults on Jewish Americans during the same year. Read more>>

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