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What everyone is missing about Trump’s Executive Order on religious liberty

On Thursday, the Secular Coalition for America issued a strong statement and issued an Action Alert opposing President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty. Some of our supporters have contacted us asking why other organizations typically aligned with our position on the separation of church and state have offered a more muted response. As an organization that is …

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The Conservative Case for Contraception and Abortion

(This is a guest post by Thomas Buonomo. He is a geopolitical risk analyst with expertise in international political economy and Middle East affairs. His views are his own.) Self-described conservatives have long attacked women’s reproductive rights as established by Roe v. Wade based on the belief that the government’s responsibility to provide for the …

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A Modern English “Translation” of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

Find below our modern English “translation” of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, passed on January 16, 1786. The statute led to the formation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion to all Americans. You can read the original text of the statute here. An …

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Exemptions from Employment Discrimination Law

Proposed Expansion of Discrimination Protections The proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act adds gender identity and sexual orientation to the protected classes of race, religion, gender, national origin, age and disability. Currently only 16 states and D.C. have laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and federal employment discrimination laws do not recognize …

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Religious discrimination in the military

Background A 2004 report on religious preferences of military personnel conducted by the Population Reference Bureau found that 21% of service members identified as Atheists or as having ―no religion.(1) The report also revealed that 35% identified as Protestants, 22% as Catholic/Orthodox, 11% as ―Other Christian‖ and less than .5% as Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and …

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True Religious Freedom Means No Government Involvement

By Amanda Knief Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States.” The United States is the most religiously diverse country in the world. In no other nation can you find as many varied religious groups, beliefs and practices as there are here. The Founders’ recognized …

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Forcing Your Beliefs on Others is Not Religious Freedom

First it was doctors who wouldn’t perform abortions and pharmacists who wouldn’t fill prescriptions for contraceptives. Several years back a Chicago police officer sought an exemption from an assignment to guard an abortion clinic. And most recently, a town clerk in New York state refused to sign the marriage license of a lesbian couple who …

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‘Nonsectarian’ Prayer Still Alienates Nontheists

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an important ruling for church-state separation last week, affirming that officials in Forsyth County, North Carolina, were wrong to open an estimated four-fifths of public meetings with overtly sectarian prayers that specifically referenced Jesus Christ. “[P]rayer in governmental settings carries risks,” wrote Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III …

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