Charles C. Haynes

Senior scholar at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum in Washington.

Archive: Charles C. Haynes

The truth about Muslims in America

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  | Mar 11, 2011 3:40 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Circumcision ballot measure is an assault on religious freedom

The anti-circumcision referendum is both wrong and dangerous because it subjects religious freedom to a popular vote.

By Charles Haynes  | Jun 9, 2011 10:53 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Is Gov. Perry’s call to prayer constitutional?

What message does the Texas governor send to the many thousands of Texans of other faiths – and those with no religious affiliation – when, as governor, he initiates and leads a Christian prayer rally for “national unity”?

By Charles C. Haynes  | Jun 10, 2011 11:47 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

No Gov. Perry, schools can’t teach religion as science, even in Texas

The struggle to keep religion and science separate in the classroom is a never-ending battle in Texas, as is it in other states where anti-evolution sentiment runs deep. But the Constitution has something to say about faith-based education.

By Charles C. Haynes  | Aug 25, 2011 12:43 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Presidential politics no place for ‘cult or Christian’ debate

Baptists, Catholics and others - who should recall what it was like to be in the hatches - need to speak out against those who promote the politics of prejudice in the name of God.

By Charles C. Haynes  | Oct 10, 2011 4:50 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Should students share their faith at school?

If you wonder why many Christian parents view public schools as hostile to their faith, talk to Michael Ayers.

By Charles C. Haynes  | Nov 2, 2011 12:42 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Christian statue on public property triggers church-state debate

It’s not surprising that the Supreme Court struggles to find a balanced approach that keeps the government from taking sides in religion, but allows citizens to display their faith in public spaces.

By Charles C. Haynes  | Nov 16, 2011 1:44 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Your God or your job?

Protecting the right of each person of faith “to follow the dictates of conscience” is at the heart of what it means to uphold religious liberty in a free society.

By Charles C. Haynes  | Nov 30, 2011 11:40 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

A student’s lesson in religious freedom

A Rhode Island girl’s request is seen as “spitting in the face of God.” What would Roger Williams do?

By Charles C. Haynes  | Jan 24, 2012 4:50 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

To bridge religious divide, let students engage students

In a world torn by holy wars and ethnic divides, preparing young people to address differences in faith and belief should be a no-brainer.

By Charles C. Haynes  | Feb 8, 2012 12:14 PM  | COMMENTS (0)