Although RFRA is still sometimes used for good – like protecting Sikh soldiers barred by Army regulations from serving their country while wearing their articles of faith – it is now too often exploited to justify discrimination and other harms to others.
AU demanded that the Department of Justice (DOJ) divulge records that reveal the circumstances and the people involved in the creation of the so-called Religious Liberty Task Force – a murky unit within DOJ that was launched by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in July.
In the wake of the country’s deadliest attack on Jewish people in Pittsburgh last month, it came as no surprise that when the FBI released its crime statistics this week, they showed another year of increased hate crimes.
Throughout our history, faith leaders have led the way in advocating for religious freedom for all, including non-believers. People of faith, and particularly Christians, are crucial voices for protecting the separation of religion and government in our country.
The cross is not just an interesting geometric pattern. It’s the predominant symbol of the Christian faith. It has power and meaning – for Christians. It is not a generic symbol for memorializing the dead. It simply can’t play that role, and it’s offensive to all, Christians and non-Christians alike, to try to force it to.
Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker's claim that having a 'secular outlook' somehow makes a man or a woman unfit to be a judge is offensive and wrong; I’d even say it’s un-American. Our Constitution, after all, is a secular document.
Kim Davis was never a martyr, never a hero. She’s simply a person who decided to wield her narrow and dogmatic views as a weapon to lash out at others and discriminate against them. Had she been unable to fulfill the duties of her government job, the right thing for her to do was to resign.