Tag: Freedom of Religion

God Is Now Trump’s Co-Conspirator

Listening to the speech William Barr, the attorney general, gave last week at the University of Notre Dame Law School, I found myself thinking of the title of an old movie: “God Is My Co-Pilot.” What I realized is that Donald Trump’s minions have now gone that title one better: If Barr’s speech is any […]

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‘Shame on Him’: Evangelicals Call Out Trump on Syria

One called President Trump’s decision “an egregious act of betrayal.” Another said the policy could be “the biggest mistake of his presidency.” A third said Mr. Trump “is in danger of losing the mandate of heaven.” Conservative Christians have ardently stood by Mr. Trump at most every turn, from allegations of sexual misconduct to his […]

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A Crackdown on Islam Is Spreading Across China

YINCHUAN, China — In China’s northwest, the government is stripping the most overt expressions of the Islamic faith from a picturesque valley where most residents are devout Muslims. The authorities have destroyed domes and minarets on mosques, including one in a small village near Linxia, a city known as “Little Mecca.” Similar demolitions have been […]

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Religious Crusaders at the Supreme Court’s Gates

The Supreme Court’s decision in last term’s big religion case, on the constitutionality of a Latin cross that stands 40 feet tall on public land in Bladensburg, Md., left both sides in the religion wars unsatisfied. The court’s several opinions, adding up to seven votes to keep the cross in place, disappointed the secularists who […]

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Mississippi Event Hall Refuses to Host Interracial Wedding, Then Apologizes

Video LaKambria Welch said that a wedding venue in Booneville, Miss., would not allow her brother’s wedding to take place there because the venue doesn’t “do gay weddings or mixed race” citing its “Christian beliefs.” The owners of an event hall in northeastern Mississippi apologized on Tuesday for refusing to host a wedding for an […]

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Get Vaccinated or Leave School: 26,000 N.Y. Children Face a Choice

Jacquelynn Vance-Pauls, a real-estate lawyer in upstate New York, has a 14-year-old son with autism who was recently kicked out of his private special needs school. Her 9-year-old twins and her high-school senior are also on the verge of being expelled from their public schools. The children did not do anything wrong, nor are they […]

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Labor Dept. Moves to Expand Religion Exemption for Hiring and Firing

The Labor Department has proposed a rule that would allow more federal contractors to base employment decisions on religion, a move that rights advocates said could be used to discriminate against workers for all manner of reasons. The proposal, announced on Wednesday, seeks “to provide the broadest protection of religious exercise recognized by the Constitution […]

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Dutch Officials Decline to Enforce New Partial Ban on Burqas

The Netherlands put in place a new law that bans burqas, niqabs and other face coverings in some public places on Thursday, despite uncertainty over what authority — if any — was willing to enforce the measure, which has been criticized as Islamophobic. The law prohibits wearing coverings such as face veils, ski masks and […]

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The Invisible Hand of Justice Stevens on Abortion

During the days following the death last Tuesday of Justice John Paul Stevens, admirers posted lists of their favorite and not-so-favorite Stevens opinions. Free speech on the internet? A great one. No First Amendment protection for burning an American flag? Not so great. Access to federal court for Guantánamo detainees? Definitely. Upholding an Indiana voter […]

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With Hymns and Prayers, Christians Help Drive Hong Kong’s Protests

HONG KONG — Armed with a Bible, a guitar and a drawing of Jesus walking on water, Andrea Wong sat outside the offices of Hong Kong’s central government and booed. Ms. Wong, 18, usually stays out of politics. But in recent weeks, as Hong Kong was swept by mass protests against closer ties with mainland […]

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Is the Religious Right Privileged?

Fair warning: This will be an entire column about a single paragraph. The paragraph’s author is Adam Serwer, a writer for The Atlantic, weighing in on the complicated, sometimes baffling debate on the right about the relationship between religious conservatives and libertarianism … or maybe the relationship between religious conservatives and Donald Trump … or […]

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Supreme Court Won’t Rule on Clash Between Another Bakery and a Gay Couple

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from the owners of an Oregon bakery who were fined for refusing to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. In a brief order, the justices instead returned the case to lower courts in Oregon “for further consideration” in light of a […]

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Quebec Bans Religious Symbols in Some Public Sector Jobs

MONTREAL — The Quebec government passed a bill late Sunday barring schoolteachers, police officers, judges and other public employees from wearing religious symbols in the workplace, prompting an outcry that civil liberties in the province were under attack. François Legault, the right-leaning Quebec premier, had called the bill a necessary measure to ensure the separation […]

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Eager to Limit Exemptions to Vaccination, States Face Staunch Resistance

As measles spread across the nation earlier this year, 71 residents of Vancouver, Wash., fell ill, most of them unvaccinated children. So state Rep. Paul Harris, a Republican representing the district, sponsored a measure to limit exemptions from immunization. Activists protesting the bill converged on his legislative office; the resulting chaos led security officers to […]

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New York Is Poised to Bar Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — Lawmakers in New York, the epicenter of the nation’s measles outbreak, moved on Thursday to end religious and other nonmedical exemptions for immunizations, overcoming vocal opposition from vaccine skeptics and advocates for religious freedom. The Legislature’s approval […]

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