In Tenn. mosque fight, religious freedom trumps Islamophobia

After four years of protests, lawsuits, vandalism, arson and a bomb threat, American Muslims in Murfreesboro, Tenn., can finally celebrate the power of religious freedom to triumph over hate and fear – at least in the courts. Last week, the U.S. Supr...

Much to-do about history for divided high court

The U.S. Supreme Court remains deeply divided over the meaning of the first 10 words of the First Amendment – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Last month, the Court ruled 5-4 in Town of Greece v. Galloway that...

Gay rights and religious freedom

A Religious Freedom Center and Moment magazine panel May 28 explored such questions as whether a rabbi be forced to give marriage counseling to a same-sex couple, and whether a doctor should be allowed to withhold reproductive services if providing the...

From the Supreme Court, prayer rules that won’t work

Mixing prayer and state has always been a messy, contentious business – but last week it got even messier and more contentious. In a close 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of prayers at legislative meetings, even when...

Politics and perils of closing school for religious holidays

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will soon discover, adding religious holidays to the school calendar is a slippery slope on the rocky terrain of public school politics. Earlier this year, the recently elected mayor announced plans to close school...

Wake-up call in Kansas: Anti-Semitism is alive and dangerous in America

“I hate all Jews” was Frazier Glenn Miller’s mantra, repeated time and again by the well-known white supremacist at rallies, in publications and on the Internet for many years. This week, on the eve of Passover, Miller translated his words of hat...

In higher education, low tolerance for free speech

Daniel Harper, a student at Cameron University in Oklahoma, is the latest victim of the censorship pandemic currently infecting America’s colleges and universities. Earlier this semester, Harper handed out flyers expressing his religious objections t...

Discussion on gay rights and religious liberty set for May 28 at Newseum

WASHINGTON, DC – A discussion, “Gay rights and religious freedom – common ground possible?”, will be held May 28 at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum Religious freedom and non-discrimination are both core American values. But many religious conservatives …

Religion and Politics in a World of Conflict

Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Religious Freedom Center at the Newseum Institute present a frank discussion about religion and politics in a changing world. November 01, 2013, at the Knight Conference Center, Newseum, Washington DC http://www.newseum.org/programs/2013/1101-institute/religion-and-politics-in-a-world-of-conflict.html

Online Hate and Free Speech: Where Do We Draw the Line?

The rapid growth of the Internet has sparked robust debate about the boundaries of free speech. Racists, cyberbullies, terrorists and hatemongers use the Internet to recruit and incite. Should governments restrict cyberhate? Where should Twitter, Facebook and other social media …