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How does US Religious Freedom Compare to other Countries? 

  Religious freedom can be compared to decision making in our everyday lives. In our daily life, we are given an array of options and choices on what to eat, what to drink, what to wear, where to go and what to do. Yet, the matter of choice that we pick will still depend on…

Cases of Conflict: Religious Rights in the Issue of Refusal of Service

The Case of the Baker: Jack Phillips of Denver, Colorado grabs headlines as a homophobic cake artist     In 2019, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver Colorado, grabbed local and international headlines as he claimed violation of his rights of religious freedom filing his 26 page long motion to dismiss citing 46…

Landmark Supreme Court Cases on Religious Freedom

  A large chunk of our identity has always been rooted to the foundation of our morality shaped through the lens of our religious affiliations or the lack thereof. It is through these beliefs that we form our worldview and how we interact with ourselves and others on a daily basis. For a long period…

Religious Rights Issues in the Workplace in the U.S.

Religious rights issues involving the workplace is considered a litigious issue among business owners. In fact, it’s very controversial that even the Harvard School of Business created specific courses for it. Religious issues require an understanding of the law that should go a bit more from the normal precautionary readings in order to address it…

The Faith of One Man Against a Nation

On July 29th, a father, Tahir Ahmad Naseem, was shot in a Pakastani Court. His killer was praised as a hero.     His daughter, Mashal Naseem, cries out against the injustice her father faced as there was little done about protecting his religious freedom. Tahir Ahmad Naseem was an American citizen and a passionate…

Creationism v Evolution in the US Public School System

With the ratification of the First Amendment and the extension of the Fourth Amendment to fully realize the “separation of church and state” as Thomas Jefferson advocated and to give constitutional protection to the liberties of basic human rights such as freedom of religion versus the perceived idea of most Americans (according to a 2006…

The Causes and Targets of Religious Persecution in the United States

  To a significant extent, it can be said that religion is the foundation of a person’s overall identity encompassing his or her morality, world view, self-image, attitude towards self and others. Thus, religious differences are often seen as impactful factors in the cultural, social, and personal context. Although differences among human groups categorized by…

History of Religious Freedom in the United States

History of Religious Freedom in the United States     Freedom of religion or religious liberty is considered by most nations as a fundamental human right. This principle supports the freedom of an individual or a community to practice their religion in teaching, practice, worship, and to observe it in terms of religious holidays both…

Is Different Bad? Thoughts on Religious Discrimination

There are two things that are constant in this world: change and differences. The minute that a child recognizes the world, it sees something different at every glance, something very different from what it’s accustomed to in the womb. Yet, in order to live well, they must adapt quickly and get used to the changes.…

Separation of Church and State in Schools: Campus Clubs and Grants (2020)

What happens when freedom of religion conflicts with the freedom of other individuals?  The Issue in 2020   A recent draft from the Trump administration rule has higher education lobbyists concerned about the treatment of both religious clubs and the LGBTQ+ community on campuses.  In short, the draft rule raises an ongoing conflict between church…

Religion in the Workplace

Religion in the workplace is quite simple and straightforward. It is the act of tolerating other people’s beliefs and practices for the benefit of others. Religious intolerance can result from several forms of religious practices or beliefs. Religious tolerance is a part of a larger definition of religious freedom, but you can use it to…