Tag: Religion

Republicans Urge Trump to Enact Discriminatory Executive Order

House and Senate Republicans are calling on President Donald Trump to sign a “religious freedom” executive order that was leaked last month but has not yet been put into effect. The proposed order, “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” would legalize discrimination based on religious beliefs “without suffering…

N.C. Republicans Seek to Ban Gay Marriage

Still reeling on the backlash from its discriminatory “bathroom bill,” North Carolina is back with yet another attack on the LGBT community. Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Carl Ford, all Republicans, on Tuesday filed House Bill 780, or the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” that would not only ban gay…

Muhammad Ali Jr. Detained at Florida Airport 'Because I'm Muslim'

Muhammad Ali Jr., son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, said he was detained at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida after being questioned about his religion. Muhammad Ali Ali was born in Philadelphia, has a United States passport and has no prior criminal history, yet he was stopped and held…

Trump's 'Unconstitutional' Immigration Ban Defies Moral, Legal Norms

The White House has ignored democratic norms in the implementation of its Muslim-focused immigration ban, including ignoring federal court orders and instructing federal agencies, such as U.S. Customs, not to speak with members of Congress. Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia on Sunday condemned the executive…

Trump's Chief of Staff: Won't 'Rule out' a Muslim Registry

Reince Priebus, President-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff, made numerous contradictory remarks regarding requiring Muslims to register in a national database. During an interview for “Meet the Press” Sunday, when host Chuck Todd asked if Priebus has ruled out a registry as a possibility, Priebus said that nothing was off…

GOP Blocks LGBT Rights Amendment Days After Orlando Shooting

A proposal that would protect LGBT employees from discrimination by federal contractors was rejected by House Republican leaders just days after GOP members publicly pledged their “support” for the LGBT community. For the third time, openly gay Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) proposed the amendment, attached to a Defense Department…

Millennials Pushing the Sharp Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated

By Michael Nam Nick Fox / Shutterstock.com America has the largest population of affiliated Christians in the world, but recent data shows a clear trend of people increasingly leaving organized Christianity while secular and other faiths see an uptick in their ranks. The fastest rate of decline seems to be…

Gov. Pence Calls Press Conference to Clarify Indiana RFRA Law

Update (3/31/2015 2:54 p.m.): List of states banning state-funded travel to Indiana updated to include New York By Michael Nam Gov. Pence called his own press conference on Tuesday morning to say what he would not say on ‘This Week’: that the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana would…

Growing Religious Majority Supporting Same-Gender Marriage

By Michael Nam Antimarriage-equality conservatives don’t have a monopoly on God, or so the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) would tell everyone. In a recent vote to amend the definition of marriage in its Book of Order, the church changed language to read, “Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally…

Fashion Icons Face Furor from Elton John, Others

By Michael Nam A pair of iconic fashion designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana, are feeling the heat after incendiary comments made to Italian magazine Panorama regarding families with same-gender parents. In a translation provided by The Telegraph, they were quoted saying, “We oppose gay adoptions….