Posts by Charles C. Haynes:
Equality and liberty are core American principles, but neither should trump the other. Let’s uphold both by moving from gay rights vs. religious freedom to gay rights and religious freedom.
Legal line-drawing isn’t easy when courts are asked to sort out motives and justifications for using houses of worship for public high school graduations.
If only a fraction of the allegations are true, public school officials in this Tennessee county are wrongly treating their school district like a missionary field for the Christian faith.
Inside the First Amendment: A government-sponsored “prayer day” is an anachronism, a vestige of a bygone era in America when the majority faith was often imposed as a national creed.
Inside the First Amendment: Millions of people are using the virtual public square to exercise their right to speak freely, publish their opinions, assemble peacefully and petition for redress of grievances.
First Amendment principles are starting to work in public education, but backsliding into lawsuits and yelling will reverse the gains.
In my last column, I sounded an alarm about rise of Islamophobia in the United States, calling attempts in various states to pass anti-Shariah legislation an attack on religious freedom.
That inspired a good number of irate readers to sound their own alarm about what they view as my naïve and dangerous dismissal of the threat [...]
Throughout our history, the United States has endured periodic outbreaks of fear and hysteria — from the Red Scare to the Yellow Peril. To that ignoble list, we can now add the “Muslim Menace.”
Echoing “takeover” rhetoric from the past (communists in government, Asians in the workplace), demagogues and anti-Islam groups are using legitimate concerns about [...]
In the perennial post-game buzz about Super Bowl ads, the buff body of the new GoDaddy girl (aka Joan Rivers) was a big hit this year. So was the pugnacious pug dog flattening his owner to grab the Doritos. And, of course, who can forget the woman who got smacked in the head with a soft-drink can?
Ignorance and contention abound surrounding First Amendment’s religion clauses, yet U.S. remains world’s most successful experiment in living with religious differences.
The revolutions sweeping across Northern Africa and the Middle East could mark the beginning of a historic advance for democratic freedom — ranking in significance with such milestones of liberty as the American Revolution of 1776 and the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Or these upheavals could end with one tyranny replacing another, as [...]
It’s not every day that a school board votes unanimously to ignore legal advice, defy Supreme Court precedent and invite litigation.
But that’s exactly what happened earlier this month in Giles County, Va., when members of the board ordered school administrators to hang the Ten Commandments on the walls of the county’s five public schools.
Rehang, actually. [...]
Each Jan. 16, Americans are supposed to celebrate Religious Freedom Day, our least known, most neglected national holiday — except, perhaps, for the even more obscure Bill of Rights Day widely ignored every Dec. 15.
If people did pay attention, they might not find much to celebrate. After all, religious freedom in the United States — [...]
The No. 1 religion story of 2010 was the emotional, often ugly debate over
plans for an Islamic center two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan, according
to Religion Newswriters Association members — and just about everyone else
making a list.
Not far behind was the media-driven obsession with the Florida pastor who got
more than his 15 minutes of [...]
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe singlehandedly breathed life into the flagging “war on Christmas” debate when he announced earlier this month that he wouldn’t ride his horse in the Tulsa Holiday Parade of Lights this year — something he has done for decades.
Offended by a change of name (that actually took place last year) from [...]