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Giuliani supports moving mosque farther from WTC site

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...

Islamophobia threatens religious freedom

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...

Special Olympics Project Unify: Students standing up for justice

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...

Decalogue-display disputes have roots in film history

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...

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Is the tea-party movement Islamophobic?

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...

When the First Amendment doesn?t help, Texas will

Posted on July 16, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes State's religious-freedom act invoked to uphold Native American school child's right to wear braids in the way that reflects his faith.

Treatment of Christian campus group doesn?t pass smell test

Posted on July 03, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes Beyond the setback for religious freedom, the Court?s decision is a body-blow to freedom of association.

High court's Christian Legal Society ruling already making waves

Posted on June 30, 2010
By Tony Mauro Opponents of California Proposition 8 ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage invoke the ruling in the trial on the proposition.

Blog: 2 reports focus on Kagan's religious-liberty views

Posted on June 23, 2010
By Tony Mauro Supreme Court nominee could become important - and different - voice in interpreting religious freedoms.

School censorship undermines what kids learn in civics

Posted on June 19, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes Educating for good citizenship means schools should let students practice what they're taught.

At ground zero, a blowup over a mosque

Posted on June 05, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes Reasonable people can disagree over building Islamic center near 9/11 site, but there's no excuse for anti-Muslim hysteria.

Separation of church and state: fact or fiction?

Posted on May 22, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes In today?s culture-war climate, the very mention of phrase is enough to trigger bitter argument over relationship of government, religion.

In defense of South Park -- and burqas

Posted on May 06, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes What is the obligation of a Western, democratic government to protect individual freedoms in light of a realistic terrorist threat?

Take 'national' out of National Day of Prayer

Posted on May 05, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes Barring government from calling the nation to prayer isn?t anti-prayer or hostile to religious faith.

In American foreign policy, why religious freedom matters

Posted on April 29, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes New report gives grim picture of religious persecution around the globe - but we do little about it.

Legal fight over Mojave cross continues

Posted on April 28, 2010
By Tony Mauro High court sends case back to judge with instructions to give greater weight to federal land-sale law.

At the high court, balancing religious freedom and nondiscrimination

Posted on April 24, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes Law school is discriminating against Christian club in the name of combatting discrimination.

High court questions scope of campus policy on student clubs

Posted on April 19, 2010
By Tony Mauro While hearing religious group's challenge, justices express frustration as to whether law school really has 'all-comers' policy.

Alito is right: Schools are not religion-free zones

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.

Patriotic or religious, ?under God? is here to stay

Posted on March 27, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes Michael Newdow loses latest effort to have Pledge of Allegiance declared unconstitutional because court panel views it as patriotic, not religious.

Faith-healing and First Amendment

Posted on March 23, 2010
By Robert M. Bernstein Oregon case highlights dilemma states face in balancing their duty to uphold religious, parental rights against their interest in protecting kids.

Why Alito wanted to take 'Ave Maria' case

Posted on March 22, 2010
By Tony Mauro In unusual dissent on a cert denial, justice expresses worry about suppressed student expression.

When politics and religion trump science, education suffers

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.

High court won't hear Okla. Ten Commandments dispute

Posted on February 28, 2010
Justices leave in place 10th Circuit decision that Haskell County monument amounts to unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

Fighting over prayers in the name of Jesus

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.

Del. school board gets OK to open meetings with prayer

Posted on February 24, 2010
Federal judge throws out lawsuit filed by two Jewish families that accused board of violating church-state separation.

N.Y. agencies to monitor Salvation Army practices

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.

When speech stirs the melting pot, anger boils over

Posted on February 13, 2010
By Charles C. Haynes California city officials' comments about religion were out of line - but some of the reaction may be over the top.

Courthouse Ten Commandments display ignores Ga. law

Posted on February 09, 2010
After Associated Press asked Tattnall County Commission chairman about the display, he said officials would add required supporting historical documents.

How Alaska court dealt with sincerity of religious belief

Posted on February 08, 2010
By Robert M. Bernstein In case involving marijuana juice, appeals panel took rare step of ordering a hearing for couple to explain religious nature of ritual.

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