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Clarity in Kansas: Lawmaker Says State Senate Won’t Back Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples

In a rare moment of clarity, some Kansas lawmakers are reportedly hesitant to vote for a measure that would define “religious liberty” as a license to discriminate against same-sex couples.

The Kansas House of Representatives voted 72-49 last week in favor of a bill that would permit any individual, group or private business to turn away same-sex couples if providing a service would violate their religious beliefs. Read more

Misleading Missouri Measure: Amendment Harms, Not Helps Religious Liberty

The people of Missouri deserve better.

Not only has the state’s legislature passed a measure that could open the door to government-promoted religion – it plans to deliberately mislead Missourians about it.

H.J.R. 2 will appear on the November 2012 ballot. It’s an amendment that will add language to the state’s constitution codifying the right of Missourians to express their religious beliefs in public places, including public schools. Read more

Florida Folly: Constitutional Change Would Harm Religious Liberty, Clergy Say

Americans United often points out the church-state separation is not only good for government, it’s also good for religion.

Yesterday, three members of the clergy – a Baptist minister, a Presbyterian minister and a rabbi – made that clear in a letter to Florida legislators. They wrote to oppose SJR 1218, a measure that tears down the church-state wall erected by the state constitution. Read more

Freedom Falsehood: Religious Liberty Isn’t Under Attack In America

Whenever I hear religious conservatives assert that religious freedom is under attack in the United States, I can only shake my head.

Do they know nothing about history or even the world today? Consider what happened in Soviet Russia under Josef Stalin, where houses of worship were bulldozed and clergy tossed into gulags. Think about China and North Korea, where freedom of worship still remains a dream. Consider even one of our allies – Saudi Arabia – where it’s illegal to build a Christian church. Read more

Land Of (No) Liberty: Southern Baptist Official Drops Out Of Religious Freedom Group

Religious liberty is a fairly easy concept to grasp: All faiths have the right to exist, meet for worship, spread their ideas and build facilities. All must abide by certain laws, and the government must treat them equally. Read more

Dear Friends Of Religious Freedom: A Timely Letter From Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson and the Baptists didn’t have much in common when it came to theology.

Jefferson, a deist, thought the moral teachings of Jesus were sublime, but he didn’t believe in the virgin birth, the divinity of Jesus or the inerrancy of the Bible. He thought the miracles reported in the New Testament were myths, and he considered the Christian doctrine of the Trinity incomprehensible.

Needless to say, his founding-era Baptist compatriots disagreed – to put it mildly. Read more

Celebrating Choice: Obama Professes Faith In Christianity – And American Religious Liberty

President Barack Obama got it right on Tuesday.

When he was asked about his Christian faith at an event in Albuquerque, N.M., he said he has his own personal religious beliefs but recognizes that other Americans have theirs.

The question was posed by a woman at a backyard conversation, one of a series of meetings Obama is holding to talk informally with Americans. She asked him, “Why are you a Christian?” Read more

Billboard Boorishness: Vandals Attack Secular Patriotic Message In North Carolina

As we head into the long weekend in celebration of the birth of our country, it’s a good time to remember how lucky we are that our Constitution guarantees us so many rights and freedoms.

One of these freedoms, of course, is the option to choose what faith to believe in, or to believe in nothing at all. Our Constitution protects and welcomes everyone, whether you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu or an atheist. Read more

Religious Liberty Lesson: Visiting Imams Find America ‘Land Of The Free’

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of six imams who traveled from Tajikistan to learn about the American system of government.

On their list of stops in Washington was Americans United’s office. They wanted to hear from us about religious liberty in the United States. Read more

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