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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 […]

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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Jewish Man Attacked in Paris, Swastika Drawn on Chest

27 March 2014

By: The Algemeiner Journal A Jewish man was attacked in Paris after leaving a kosher restaurant on March 20.  Assailants beat him, called him “dirty Jew,” and drew a swastika on his chest.  Read more>> The New York Times reported in November on the alarming surge of anti-Semitism in Europe.  Read the story here.

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Man Sentenced to 249 Years for 1991 Temple Slaying

14 March 2014

By: Associated Press An Arizona man convicted of killing nine devout Buddhists – six monks, one nun, and two acolytes – at the Wat Promkunaram Buddhist temple in Phoenix in 1991 has only now been sentenced to 249 years in prison.  Read more>>

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105 Members of Congress Urge Defense Secretary to Accept Sikhs

11 March 2014

By: Sikh Coalition According to the Sikh Coalition, a bipartisan group of 105 Members of Congress have signed a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel encouraging him to improve the U.S. military’s appearance regulations to allow Sikhs and other religious minorities to serve without having to violate their articles of faith.  Read more>> Read […]

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10 Religious Surprises in the US Congress

09 March 2014

By: Daily Beast Joshua DuBois, former head of President Obama’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, highlights the substantial religious diversity found among Members of Congress.  Read more>>

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Shaun Casey Talks About Leading the State Department’s Faith-Based Office

04 March 2014

By: Religion & Politics Shaun Casey discusses his role as head of the State Department’s Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, where he serves as a special advisor to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  Casey explains how the position is bolstered by Secretary Kerry’s recognition of the important role faith plays in international politics.  Read […]

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The business case for religious freedom: Q&A with Brian Grim

28 February 2014

By: Religion News Service Religion News Service interviews Brian Grim on his new project to explain the economic benefits of religious freedom.  Grim headed Pew Research Center’s project on global religious restrictions before leaving in February to start the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation.  Read more>>

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

07 February 2014

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.  […]

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Brian Grim becomes Religious Freedom & Business Foundation president

01 February 2014

By: Religious Freedom & Business Foundation Brian Grim, who directed Pew Research Center’s work on global restrictions on religion, has become the founding president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation.  The foundation will educate governments and the business community on the economic benefits of religious freedom and diversity.  Read more>>

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Why the Orthodox Union Supports Religious Protections to the HHS Mandate

28 January 2014

By: Tablet Magazine Nathan Diament, executive director for public policy of the Orthodox Union, explains why his organization and a group of a dozen Orthodox Jewish religious and lay leaders have spoken out in defense of those who cannot comply with the Department of Health and Human Services’ “preventive services” mandate.  Although the mandate does […]

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