religious liberty

Denmark’s Recent “Burqa Ban” – Unnecessary, Counterproductive, and Hypocritical

The target of the new law is the burqa and niqab but, already the Danish People’s Party have turned their attention to the head scarf, launching a new poster campaign that tells women to “throw of the headscarf and become part of Denmark.” Given the rise in religious apathy and intolerance towards religion generally, who knows what will come next; tomorrow the cross or the yarmulke could be the next target. This is why it is important now, more than ever, for all freedom-loving people to come together, to stand together and oppose this unnecessary, counterproductive and hypocritical law.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/denmarks-recent-burqa-ban-unnecessary-counterproductive-and-hypocritical

Trinity Lutheran and Free Exercise as a Non-Discrimination Norm

By in large, the decision was hailed as a victory for religious liberty by proponents of accomodationist views of the religion clauses, and criticized as a further crumbling of the wall between church and state by those of the separationist school.

Thus, the elephant in the room remains – whether these state law provisions are a legitimate basis for denying religious schools the right to participate in state educational voucher programs.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/10/2/trinity-lutheran-and-free-exercise-as-a-non-discrimination-norm

A Firm Foundation for the Trinity Lutheran Decision

Chief Justice Roberts was on pretty solid ground when he observed, in his opinion for the Court in the recent Trinity Lutheran case, that “[y]oungsters . . . often fall on the playground or tumble from the equipment. And when they do, the gravel can be unforgiving.” And, the foundation is no less firm for the Court’s conclusion that the First Amendment does not permit governments to discriminate against religious believers and organizations when distributing public benefits.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/10/2/a-firm-foundation-for-the-trinity-lutheran-decision

Prison Credentials: A Reflection for Easter 2017

By Christian Van Gorder

As we approach the Easter holiday it is not only time to celebrate our faith but also to honor our sisters and brothers who risk so much to stand for their faith in many nations around the world. This past week when I read about Christian churches being attacked in Egypt I had to ask myself the same question that you might have asked yourself: Would I attend a church service if attending might cost me my life or the life of one of my children? This question is not a theoretical one in many places around the world and this should give all of us a deeper sense of perspective about how precious our faith really is for all of us.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/4/15/prison-credentials-a-reflection-for-easter-2017

The Limits of a Clinton Religious Freedom Agenda

By Robert Nicholson

The prospect of a Hillary Clinton victory at the polls has international religious freedom advocates scrambling to understand how her presidency will affect their issue. Any assessment is fraught with speculation, but, unlike the Republican candidate, Clinton has a substantial public record upon which one might hazard a guess.

Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/11/7/the-limits-of-a-clinton-religious-freedom-agenda