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Stephen L. Carter: One of the most outrageous Supreme Court decisions in decades

In my 30 years of writing about religious freedom, I can’t recall a case as outrageous as the one decided last week by the U.S. Supreme Court. A Muslim inmate …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 7:49 p.m.

Russian court sends Jehovah’s Witness to prison for 6 years

A regional court in western Russia on Wednesday sentenced a Danish Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison, in arguably the most severe crackdown on religious freedom in Russia in …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

Trump protecting medical providers who oppose abortion

Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures …


Eye on Boise: Idaho prisons agree to provide kosher meals to Jewish inmates

Under a settlement agreement and court order, the Idaho Department of Correction is being required to offer a new kosher diet to state prisoners in all its prisons after four …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 9:11 p.m.

Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims

Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under …


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 6:37 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Idaho lawmakers stand up again for the religious right of parents to let their children die

How many dead children per year is the going price for religious freedom? One? Three? Seven?


Judge to hear arguments on Dakota Access pipeline work

Two American Indian tribes have asked a federal judge to stop construction of the last stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline, adding a religious freedom component to their argument …


Views mixed on religion, rights

Readers respond to this question: Do we need to make an exception for Muslim Americans when it comes to the principle of religious freedom?


Gary Crooks: Liberty for all, except Muslims?

Do we need to make an exception for Muslim Americans when it comes to the principle of religious freedom?


City seeks to dismiss religious freedom suit

Lawyers for a pair of Coeur d’Alene ministers think they have a strong case for establishing a religious exemption for businesses to refuse to take part in same-sex wedding ceremonies …


Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn’t …


Idaho House shelves bill that would allow religion as defense against gays

BOISE – Controversial legislation that critics say would protect discrimination against gays on religious grounds was pulled from the Idaho House on Wednesday. The House unanimously agreed to return HB …


Idaho religion bill allows discrimination, hundreds say

BOISE – More than 500 people filled Idaho’s Capitol to speak out against legislation that would allow people to use religion as a basis to refuse service to people with …


New CdA law opens rift over equality

Coeur d’Alene is the fifth Idaho city to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation following a heated community debate that exposed a deep divide on the issue. Human rights advocates, …


Eye on Boise: Hart tax drama extended yet again

BOISE - Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart has asked for and received 30 more days to respond to federal authorities’ move to foreclose on his Athol home. The action …


Town’s legal battle against man living in shed may be no-winner

Springdale, Wash., population 280, is spending more than 10 percent of its general fund to keep a man from living in a shed. The money might go a long way …


Sali defends stance on prayer

BOISE – Idaho Congressman Bill Sali said Monday he believes in religious freedom but still doesn’t want a Hindu prayer opening a session of Congress. “I believe the invocation in …