Tag Archives: Religious Freedom

Praying together- yes, no, or maybe?

Should we pray together when people of different traditions are in the gathering? Is there a meaningful kind of prayer that can be shared by all present, or does any explicit form of prayer risk either excluding some in the … Continue reading

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Religion in a campaign year

Anyone who is sensitive to how religion gets manipulated in politics can’t help but be disgusted by the way that the candidates are exhibiting the worst of name-calling and dismissing the faith of other Americans. From Rick Perry’s claiming that … Continue reading

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Religious leaders opposing Islamophobia

A group of religious leaders from Santa Clara County held a press conference yesterday in response to the recent increases in anti-Muslim rhetoric, demonstrations, and even attacks. The conference was organized by several local interfaith groups, including the Council of … Continue reading

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Protecting the Kirpan

A bill has passed the California legislature that would protect the religious freedom of the Sikh community. AB 504 would require the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to develop and distribute training materials for law enforcement agencies … Continue reading

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Religious Freedom: A Balancing Act

I must say that I am amazed that the leaders of the Religious Right (and many other non-conservative religious leaders) and Christians generally clamor for prayer in the public schools. So says Ronald B. Flowers, Emeritus Professor of Religion at … Continue reading

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Writing in the Glasgow Bible

Someone thought it was a good idea. One of the pieces in an exhibition called Made in God’s Image at the Gallery of Modern Art (Goma) in Glasgow displayed a Bible. Nearby was a supply of pens and the invitation,  “If … Continue reading

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Sikhs face challenges

The San Jose Mercury on Sunday ran an interesting article by Sargunjot Kaur regarding the challenges that Sikhs face in maintaining their custom of wearing turbans and beards while seeking to serve with public agencies like the Army and Police. … Continue reading

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