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Religious Liberty is Under Attack on College Campuses

Posted by faithandthelaw on March 15, 2010

Faith and the Law note: The following is courtesy of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education otherwise known as FIRE. The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE’s core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them. Their website is www.fire.org. The information below about Religious Liberty is from their website along with their Guide to Religious Liberty on Campus which is very helpful and some important cases on religous liberties on college campuses. 

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Religious liberty is a cornerstone of our nation and is the very first freedom guaranteed to Americans by the Bill of Rights. Yet on many college and university campuses, the right to associate on the basis of religious belief and even the right to express those beliefs is under attack. Under the guise of “nondiscrimination” policies, religious groups are often told that they may not choose the membership or leadership of their groups using religious criteria. Other students who merely express religious beliefs in public are condemned for “hate speech” or “intolerance.” FIRE’s public cases dealing with religious liberty, listed below, display our commitment to defending America’s religious pluralism by protecting students’ rights to express their views and to associate around shared beliefs.  

Courtesy of fire.org at http://www.thefire.org/cases/religiousliberty/

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