religious freedom

Faith and the Flag

The Gobitas family

In 1935, Billy Gobitas refused to recite the pledge of allegiance, stating his religion did not allow the support of “graven images.” His teacher tried to pull the ten-year-old’s hand out of his pocket; a test of his First Amendment rights. He wrote a letter to his school, and it later became a major case in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Newseum-Pulitzer Center Series Continues March 12

Misha Friedman

“Crackdown in the New Russia” is the second in a series of programs focusing on international reporting and the influence of religion on public attitudes toward LGBT people.
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Happy Religious Freedom Day!

Two hundred and twenty-eight years ago, Virginia successfully enacted legal protections for religious minorities, establishing the precursor to the religion clauses of the First Amendment.
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