freedom of religion

Religious Freedom Laws vs. Equal Protection of Rights

April 3, 2015

Religious freedom laws (such as Indiana recently passed) legally discriminate against non-religious people, and are contrary to the principle that the government ought to protect the rights of all individuals. As such, laws that favor protecting certain group should be replaced with freedom laws—laws that establish freedom for everyone equally.


Government Properly Protects Freedom of Religion and Freedom from Religion

August 6, 2014

Theocrat Rick Santorum is the CEO of the Christian film production company EchoLight, as the Heritage Institute reports. Unsurprisingly, judging from its trailer, one of the company’s forthcoming films, “One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty,” substantially distorts the meaning and significance of the First Amendment’s language about religion.

Don’t Tolerate Islam, Condemn It

June 28, 2013

In this episode of Reason at Large, Craig Biddle answers a question from Amy: “You’ve said that people should be intolerant of Islam. How do you square this with the right to freedom of religion?” In answering, Biddle discusses the difference between respecting rights and being tolerant, the fallacy of. . . Continue »

Erick Erickson and Fellow Republicans Wrongly Pit Same-Sex Marriage against Religious Freedom

March 29, 2013

This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two key cases regarding same-sex marriage: challenges to California’s Proposition 8 and to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Republicans and conservatives have long expressed concern that legalizing same sex marriage will threaten their First Amendment rights, and these cases have. . . Continue »

Archbishop’s Claim that Gay Marriage Threatens Religious Freedom is a Threat to Religious Freedom

October 5, 2012

Catholic Archbishop John J. Myers has issued a pastoral statement declaring that the legalization of gay marriage would threaten religious freedom. In fact, however, the archbishop’s claim is a threat to religious freedom. America has a secular government that is supposed to protect every individual’s rights to free association and. . . Continue »

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How the Catholic Church Paved the Way for the Birth Control Mandate

February 15, 2012

Catholics angry at President Obama over the insurance mandate to cover birth control should blame one organization above all others: the Catholic Church. In 1993, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, declaring health care “a basic human right,” released a statement calling for government-imposed universal health care, based upon the. . . Continue »

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Not Only Catholics Should be Angered by Birth Control Mandates

February 8, 2012

Conservatives and Catholics have lambasted President Obama over his plan to force insurance providers, including Catholic ones, to cover birth control. Wayne Laugesen explains for the Colorado Springs Gazette: President Barack Obama’s administration finalized orders last week that will force all Americans, with few exceptions, to buy health insurance plans. . . Continue »