Inside the First Amendment

Contributor Charles C. Haynes is vice president of the Freedom Forum Institute, founding director of the Religious Freedom Center and a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center. He writes and speaks extensively on religious liberty and religion in American public life. Listed below are his most recent columns with “Inside the First Amendment.”

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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In 2016, genocide is taking place and it must end

The evidence is overwhelming: ISIS is systematically eradicating Yazidis, Christians, Shia Muslims and other ethnic and religious minorities in territories controlled by the terrorist group. What’s at stake is more than a question of semantics…
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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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