Charles C. Haynes

Stories by Charles C. Haynes

On ‘Thanksgivukkah,’ Give Thanks for Religious Freedom

Both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are rooted in stories about the struggle for religious freedom.

75 Years after Kristallnacht, Anti-Semitism Still Haunts

Antisemitism remains a problem in the United States today.

Is it time to dial back Halloween in schools?

Principal Orlando Taylor believed he was doing the right thing last week when he sent a letter home announcing to … Continued

American idol: God does belong in public schools, if a student wants him there

(istockphoto) If you ask a class of 5th graders to write about someone they “look up to,” don’t be shocked … Continued

Back to school, putting a face to another’s faith

(istockphoto) No quick fix diplomatic or military will dissolve the centuries of distrust and rivalry that fuel the sectarian conflict … Continued

Kansas school surrenders to ignorance, removes Islam display

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque during the annual hajj or pilgrimage in the holy … Continued

Dispelling the myth of a ‘Christian nation’

(Brandon Thibodeaux — GETTY IMAGES) Culture warriors, pseudo historians and opportunistic politicians have spent the last several decades peddling the … Continued

For most Americans, gay equality trumps religious objections

Same-sex marriage supporter Vin Testa of the District waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court.Bill O’Leary / … Continued

Democracy minus freedom equals tyranny

Opponents of Morsi pray in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Anti-Morsi protesters have set up camp in the square, the site … Continued

With prayer case, the Supreme Court goes to the heart of the First Amendment matter

When the U.S. Supreme Court declared legislative prayers constitutional 30 years ago, the justices sent a convoluted message to legislatures, … Continued

When students protest abortion, can schools draw the line?

Students with deep religious convictions are fast turning public schools into the newest battleground over abortion much to the dismay … Continued

Judge: Atheist group takes separation of church and state too far on ‘Ground Zero Cross’

On March 28, a group of atheists in New York lost round one in their legal battle to keep the … Continued

Religious freedom at school

When people ask if kids in public schools have First Amendment rights, I’m tempted to answer “only if you think … Continued

When do student prayers cross the First Amendment line?

Students are free to pray in public schools – except when they aren’t. If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators … Continued

In Texas schools, failing grade for Bible courses

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the devotional use of the Bible by public schools, … Continued

Perils and politics of inaugural prayers

Justin Sullivan GETTY IMAGES U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) listen as Rev. Luis … Continued

The rise of a new religious America

AP Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, right, congratulates candidate Tulsi Gabbard after both women won their Hawaii Congressional district seats on Nov. … Continued

Religious freedom, not just for the religious

Atheists, humanists and other non-religious people face discrimination and persecution in many parts of the world, according “Freedom of Thought … Continued

In Christmas wars, it’s all or nothing

AP This Dec. 4, 2011 photo shows avowed atheist Damon Vix in front of the display he set among other, … Continued

Mitt, Mormons, and the religious test that wasn’t

Buried in the mountain of demographic data preoccupying political pundits this week is one historic statistic that may have far-reaching … Continued