Accommodating Religious Freedom and Civil Rights

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his/her religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his/her religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

– Universal Declaration of Human Rights
United Nations

The last few weeks have provided a civics lesson on balancing civil rights and religious freedom. As with any hot button issue, passion often clouded respectful dialogue and mutual effort at accommodation of divergent positions. For a nation founded on religious tolerance, the struggle seems endless, particularly since all Americans, whether gay or straight, desire “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Continue reading →

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