Religious Freedom and the Social Safety Net

Religious Freedom and the Social Safety Net

By Chelsea Langston Bombino Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Public Justice Review, Volume 6: “Freedom to Serve the Vulnerable.”  The past four…

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What we can learn from Notre Dame and the contraceptives coverage discussion

What we can learn from Notre Dame and the contraceptives coverage discussion

By Chelsea Langston Bombino Last week, the University of Notre Dame was at the center of public discourse. Here is an account of what happened,…

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Will Supreme Court create marriage equality for FBOs?

Will Supreme Court create marriage equality for FBOs?

by Stanley Carlson-Thies “Marriage equality” is the term people use for when a legislature or court declares that same-sex couples may join opposite-sex couples in…

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FBOs:  fighting poverty or the culture wars?

FBOs: fighting poverty or the culture wars?

(by Stanley Carlson-Thies) A mid-May, 2015, Catholic-evangelical summit brought together President Obama, academic experts, and faith leaders to consider how to more effectively address persistent poverty….

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SOGI Bills and Religious Freedom – shared marginalization can spur accommodation

SOGI Bills and Religious Freedom – shared marginalization can spur accommodation

by Chelsea Langston In mid-May, 2015, the Nebraska legislature tabled a workplace nondiscrimination bill to add sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) to the list…

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Supreme Court and SSM: What consequences for FBOs?

Supreme Court and SSM: What consequences for FBOs?

(by Stanley Carlson-Thies) At the US Supreme Court’s oral arguments on April 28, 2015, on whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, the federal government’s…

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Supreme Court:  business isn't a religion-free zone

Supreme Court: business isn’t a religion-free zone

“The US Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision upholds a vital principle, according to IRFA President Stanley Carlson-Thies:  “[T]he decision importantly vindicates business as a realm…

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Mississippi RFRA bill: does it just protect discrimination?

Mississippi RFRA bill: does it just protect discrimination?

A Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill has recently been considered by the Mississippi legislature. It has not received the firestorm of often-uninformed commentary that…

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