How do we weigh a floral designer’s dignity and freedom against state coercion?
(RNS) — A compassionate response to differences in our beliefs is what our society needs, not government officials more interested in shaming those with whom they disagree.
Faith-based bills advance in Texas in defiance of ‘almighty dollar’
(RNS) — Some faith and business leaders oppose a proposal that they say would let Texans use their faith as a shield to deny services as mundane as plumbing or towing a car.
The end of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case comes with a whimper
(RNS) — The door is still open to a decision that would force bakers to provide cakes for same-sex nuptials if they want to stay in business.
Colorado, baker end legal spat over transgender woman’s cake
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds and state officials said Tuesday that they would end a separate legal fight over his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition.
Absent an imam, Domineque Ray’s execution by Alabama disenfranchises Muslims
(RNS) — The American legal system’s anti-Islam problem might be more accurately seen as a pro-Christianity problem.
Colorado baker who refused to make cake for gays sues again
DENVER (AP) — Lawyers for Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips allege in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday (Aug. 14) that Colorado is on a “crusade to crush” Phillips because of his religious beliefs.
Labor Department bolsters religious exemptions from nondiscrimination laws
(RNS) — The directive is yet another sign of the Trump administration’s determination to accommodate people of faith, even if it means letting them refuse to hire LGBT people.
Poll suggests religious freedom push is having an effect
(RNS) — Businesses owned by religious families are refusing to provide services to LGBT couples. Nearly a majority of Americans say that’s OK.
Seeing threat to religious freedom, Jeff Sessions announces special task force
(RNS) — Sessions said the task force was needed because a dangerous movement was ‘eroding our great tradition of religious freedom.’
Justices hand down narrow ruling for Christian baker in wedding cake case
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to design a cake for a couple’s same-sex wedding, a controversial case that was widely seen as a standoff between claims of religious liberty and LGBTQ rights.
A Muslim perspective on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case
(RNS) — Islam does not permit one to discriminate in providing services to individuals because they believe or behave in a way counter to one’s understanding of Islamic teachings.
Christian bakers? Atheist bakers? Cake meets faith at the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (RNS) — As usual, Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared to be the up-for-grabs justice, offering each side reason for hope.