Archive: Charles C. Haynes
Homegrown terrorism - of whatever stripe - is a serious issue that deserves serious attention. But a Congressional hearing singling out one religious community and framed by vague and unsubstantiated charges against the leadership of that community is both wrongheaded and dangerous.
By Charles C. Haynes | March 8, 2011; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (1)
The phrase "separation of church and state," once a widely-shared article of civic faith in the United States, has become a flash point for culture-war debates over the role of religion in American public life.
By Charles C. Haynes | October 19, 2010; 03:39 PM ET | Comments (19)
Just when I thought it couldn't get any uglier (remember 1960?), the current election cycle has reached new lows as candidates and special interest groups wield religion as a weapon in ways that would make Prince Machiavelli proud.
By Charles C. Haynes | October 19, 2010; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (1)
Can we teach students about religion in American public schools? We must.
By Charles C. Haynes | September 27, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (130)
Make no mistake. Beck and his ilk may be politically motivated, but they actually believe that President Obama's religious faith (or what they think it to be) is a threat to American freedom and democracy.
By Charles C. Haynes | August 31, 2010; 03:33 PM ET | Comments (4)
The real threat is to the religious freedom of Muslims in America - their freedom to practice their faith openly and freely without intimidation or fear.
By Charles C. Haynes | August 17, 2010; 06:01 PM ET | Comments (3)
It is no accident that 91 of the 112 nominees to the Court have been Protestants. The fact that all of the seats on the Supreme Court may soon be filled by Roman Catholics and Jews is a fitting, if somewhat ironic, end to the religious tokenism of the past.
By Charles C. Haynes | May 11, 2010; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)
Freedom of expression doesn't mean very much if it doesn't include the right to offend. In a free society, blasphemy, however outrageous, is protected speech - and no violation of religious freedom.
By Charles C. Haynes | May 5, 2010; 07:04 PM ET | Comments (23)
State repression of religion and sectarian conflict breed violence, instability, terrorism and war itself. Absent religious freedom, free and democratic societies cannot be built or sustained.
By Charles C. Haynes | April 29, 2010; 01:09 AM ET | Comments (1)