religious liberty

NYT Threads the Needle on Religious Liberty

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A few days ago, Emily Bazelon (@emilybazelon), New York Times Magazine Staff Writer, successfully drew a fine line between government accommodation of religious beliefs and how the political religious right has turned that on its head for the sole purpose of unlawfully discriminating against minorities with whom they disagree. It is worth of a full read.

It's a thorny issue, no doubt, as I pointed out a couple of weeks ago in Religious Freedom vs Religious Liberty (Part 1 and Part 2), part of my month-long ...

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Religious Freedom vs Religious Liberty (Part 2 or 2)

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It's important, now more than ever, for progressives to understand the wide divide separating two distinct concepts: religious freedom and religious liberty. The religious right have become the champions of religious libertarianism because of the association of the word, liberty, with release from captivity and the bondage of sin. Intentionally, their use of the words, religious liberty, has nothing whatsoever to do with religious freedom, or how or why it was incorporated into our founding documents. The religious right's point of view is best understood by what is driving it: the political and religious philosophy of Read More

Religious Freedom vs Religious Liberty (Part 1 of 2)

"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty." And, "Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law." (Thomas Jefferson)

"The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion." (John Adams)

"Religion and government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together." (James Madison)

"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave making, and monopolize power and profit." (Thomas ...

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