Posted on August 19, 2010
NEW YORK ? Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani yesterday joined a growing number of politicians supporting a move of a proposed Islamic center and mosque near ground zero to state-owned land farther from the Sept. 11 attack site.
Giuliani, who led New Yorkers through Sept...
Posted on August 18, 2010
Editor?s note: This commentary originally appeared Aug. 17 on The Washington Post?s Web site. Reprinted by permission.
President Obama, after saying that building a mosque at ground zero fit our ?commitment to religious freedom,? backtracked, saying he wasn?t commenting on the ?wisdom? of building it so close to ?hallowed ground...
Posted on August 14, 2010
When kids begin the school day by reciting ?with liberty and justice for all,? does all really mean all ? including people with intellectual disabilities?
That was the question asked by 136 young people from across America ? students with and without intellectual disabilities ? who gathered in Omaha in July to organize for school communities where no one is invisible and everyone has a voice...
Posted on August 07, 2010
As long as the Ten Commandments endure, American judges will find themselves deciding cases about whether displays of them on public property square with the Constitution.
In a new reminder of this axiom of U.S. law, this summer witnessed the latest scene in a multi-year legal drama concerning a small religious sect?s fight to place a monument outlining its sacred tenets in a Pleasant Grove City, Utah, public park, where a Ten Commandments monument has stood since its donation to the city by the Fraternal Order of Eagles nearly 40 years ago...
Posted on July 31, 2010
The current wave of anti-mosque protests around the country represents a new threat to the religious freedom of Muslims in America ? a threat directed not just at terrorists who act in the name of Islam, but at all Muslims and Islam itself.
Incidents of discrimination and bias aimed at Muslim Americans have been rising since the 9/11 terrorist attacks...
Posted on April 10, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes 9th Circuit ruling that high court refused to hear, over Alito's objection, sends message to school district that it can ban any student expression touching on religion at school events.
Posted on March 13, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes Schools should instruct students in how scientists determine what is and isn?t controversial in science, not legislators prodded by religious conservatives.
Posted on February 27, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes Instead of futile, expensive efforts to keep prayers explicitly Christian, local officials in North Carolina and elsewhere should start meetings with a moment of silence.
Posted on February 17, 2010
Under settlement, several government offices will observe Christian organization to ensure that it does not force clients in publicly funded social services to engage in religious activities.