Beyond left vs. right, Madison’s vision of religious freedom

Madison, whose birthday the nation largely ignores every year on March 16, would be appalled to see the true meaning of religious freedom, the great cause of his life, lost in the din of charge and counter-charge in our increasingly ugly political arena.
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Trump and the future of the First Amendment

Vicious name-calling, racist fear-mongering, crude remarks about women’s body parts, cyberbullying, playground taunts: Welcome to the ever-lowering low bar for political discourse in Trump’s America…
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Justice Scalia’s disastrous decision on religious freedom

Justice Scalia was no defender of religious freedom. On the contrary, Scalia authored Employment Division v. Smith, the landmark 1990 Supreme Court decision that all but erased the Free Exercise clause from the First Amendment.
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At Morocco summit, Muslim leaders stand up for religious freedom

The Marrakesh Declaration comes at a time of unprecedented persecution of Christians and other minority groups by extremists acting in the name of Islam in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
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Marrakesh Declaration Calls for Religious Freedom in Muslim Societies

At a summit in Marrakesh, Morocco on January 27, more than 250 Islamic leaders issued an historic declaration calling for religious freedom for non-Muslims in majority Muslim countries.
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Religious diversity, school calendars and the quest for fairness

Religious monopolies like the one enjoyed for so long by Protestants in public schools are antithetical to religious freedom. We can disagree on how best to move from monopoly to diversity, but we should work together toward the shared goal of fairness and equity for all.
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The First Amendment, our articles of peace

In 2015, America’s increasingly crowded public square was often filled with hostility, becoming an angry arena where people shout past one another across religious and ideological divides. Incendiary rhetoric and personal attacks are now commonplace.
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Fear and loathing in America

Trump’s outrageous, un-American and unconstitutional proposal for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” is the latest escalation of his ongoing campaign to demonize Islam and Muslims. He has already informed us that, if elected, he will consider closing mosques and registering American Muslims.
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Muslims, refugees, and the struggle for the soul of America

The horrific terrorist attacks of recent weeks have brought out the worst – and the best – in the American character. First, the worst: Attacks on Muslims have spiked significantly across the country. A number of American Muslims have been assaulted, including a pregnant woman in San Diego.
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Islam, public schools, and the challenge of teaching about religions

In recent weeks, fights have erupted in Georgia and Tennessee over how Islam is taught in public schools. Charges of “Islamic indoctrination” are countered by charges of “anti-Muslim bigotry” as people shout past one another at school board meetings and in the media.
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