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  • Little Sisters of the Poor Appeal to the Supreme Court (choose faith over fines)

    07/23/2015 11:22:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Becket Fund ^ | July 23, 2015 | Stephanie Keenan
    ASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, for the second time in two years, the Little Sisters of the Poor must ask the Supreme Court to protect them from the government. The order of Catholic nuns and other non-profits have been forced to ask the Court for relief due to the government’s refusal to exempt them from a regulation that makes them choose between their faith—which prohibits them from providing contraceptives—and continuing to pursue their religious mission of serving the elderly poor (see video).“The government has lost every single time they have made these arguments before the Supreme Court—including last year’s landmark...
  • ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal religious freedom law

    06/27/2015 9:52:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2015 | Louise Melling
    Iknoor Singh, a student at Hofstra University, thought he had found his calling when he attended a campus meeting of the U.S. Armys Reserve Officers Training Corps. But when he tried to sign up, he was told that he would have to shave his beard, cut his hair and remove his turban. When he asked for a religious accommodation as a Sikh, the Army refused, saying that these articles of faith would undermine unit cohesion and morale, readiness, health and safety, and discipline. ..................................................... Yes, religious freedom needs protection. But religious liberty doesnt mean the right to discriminate or to...
  • SCOTUS to churches: Hey, no worries, you can still advocate for traditional marriage

    06/26/2015 9:42:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 26, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    On this slender thread does the promise of religious liberty hang. Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his majority opinion in Obergefell that declares same-sex marriage a constitutional right, barely mentions the means by which most Americans conduct their weddings houses of worship. Only on page 27 does Kennedy get around to addressing the connection between church and state, and the assurances in this paragraph are less than compelling, to say the least:
  • Democracy Is Dying; Persecution Is Coming

    06/26/2015 9:41:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    American Conservative ^ | June 26, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    The Supreme Courts opinions in the Obergefell vs. Hodges case the majority opinion constitutionalizing same-sex marriage and the dissents can be read here. You will not be surprised that the majority opinion in Obergefell, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, is full of gaseous eructations from the judicial pyloric, e.g., the right to marry is fundamental because it supports a two-person union unlike any other in its importance to the committed individuals. And who says a two-person union is unlike any other in its importance? This is groundless assertion. You really must read the four dissenting opinions in the...
  • Obamas Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules for Gay Marriage

    04/28/2015 12:21:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 101 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 28, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obamas attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today. Its certainly going to be an issue, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. I dont deny that.
  • Hillary On Abortion: Deep-Seated Cultural Codes, Religious Beliefs And Structural Biases Have To

    04/24/2015 10:37:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/24/15 | Kerry Picket
    NEW YORK Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a feminist tone on Thursday. She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed for the sake of giving women access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth. Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws dont count for much if theyre not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice not just on paper, Clinton said.
  • Poll: Israel is one of the world's least religious countries

    04/22/2015 7:07:01 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 74 replies
    Algenheimer ^ | 4/21/2015 | None given
    Perhaps its the Jewish state, but the state of Judaism in Israel might raise a few eyebrows: according to an international Gallup poll, Israel is now one of the worlds least religious countries.
  • How Many Highly Religious Conservative Republicans Are There?

    04/10/2015 11:54:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Post's Opinion Section ^ | April 10, 2015 | Frank Newport, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz chose a conservative, evangelical Christian university as the setting for his announcement that he was running for president. This underscored his apparent strategic decision to focus relentlessly on the conservative, highly religious segment of his party, both in terms of attempting to become their candidate of preference, and also in terms of maximizing their turnout in the 2016 primary elections. The Republican Party in general has a disproportionate percentage of conservative and highly religious Americans in its ranks, so Cruz's strategy would appear to make numerical sense -- as it would for other conservative politicians, like...
  • JENKINS: What do religious freedom and Obamacare have in common?

    04/05/2015 2:26:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | 4/04/15 | Rob Jenkins
    One aspect of the religious freedom controversy thats not getting much attention is its similarity to the debate over Obamacare. The same issue lies at the heart of both namely, whether the government can force people to enter into contracts against their will. In the case of Obamacare, the Supreme Court basically rejected the administrations constitutional arguments, then bizarrely decided the law was OK because the penalty for not complying was a tax, not a fine. In other words, the government cant make you buy health insurance, but it CAN tax you if you dont. Now several states have...
  • Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana (LGBT Totalitarianism)

    04/04/2015 11:13:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 3, 2015 | Frank Bruni
    THE drama in Indiana last week and the larger debate over so-called religious freedom laws in other states portray homosexuality and devout Christianity as forces in fierce collision. Theyre not at least not in several prominent denominations, which have come to a new understanding of what the Bible does and doesnt decree, of what people can and cannot divine in regard to Gods will. And homosexuality and Christianity dont have to be in conflict in any church anywhere.
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • The Post-Indiana Future for Christians

    04/03/2015 10:09:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 3, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    I spent a long time on the phone last night with a law professor at one of the countrys elite law schools. This professor is a practicing Christian, deeply closeted in the workplace; he is convinced that if his colleagues in academia knew of his faith, they would make it very hard for him. We made contact initially by e-mail he is a reader of this blog and last night, by phone. He agreed to speak with me about the Indiana situation on condition that I not identify him by name or by institution. I do know his...
  • Schwarzenegger: Indianas religious freedom law is bad for Republicans

    04/03/2015 7:13:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2015 | Arnold Schwarzenegger
    I became a proud Republican before I even understood English. I immigrated to the United States in the heat of the 1968 presidential campaign, when the choice as I heard it through a friends translation was simple. Hubert Humphrey, with his talk of government programs, sounded too much like an Austrian politician. Richard Nixon talked about freedom, getting the government off our backs and giving the people room to grow. I was hooked.
  • The Eclipse of Religious Liberty

    04/02/2015 8:49:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 2, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    A week ago today, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a minor-league religious liberty law, one very close to the federal RFRA model, offering what, should it ever be appealed to in gay rights cases, would offer a small modicum of protection (the right to a hearing) to religious conservatives. And then the world came crashing down, with much of the American Establishment business, entertainment, news media, Democratic politicians coming down hysterically hard on the state. Then it happened in Arkansas, whose governor quickly backed away from a bill he had previously supported after Wal-mart cleared its corporate throat...
  • Indiana lawmakers strike deal to fix religious freedom law

    04/02/2015 5:41:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Republican Indiana legislators have reportedly struck a deal to fix the state's controversial religious freedom law in order to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination. "We feel there is a strong consensus," Senate Pro Tempore David Long (R) told The Indianapolis Star Wednesday night.
  • Final Four coaches release joint statement on controversial Indiana law

    04/01/2015 6:06:17 PM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jeff Eisenberg
    In an effort to get in front of the issue before media availability begins in Indianapolis on Thursday, the four Final Four coaches released a joint statement supporting the NCAA in its stance on Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The statement released through the National Association of Basketball Coaches emphasizes condemns every form of discrimination.
  • (Sen Mark) Kirk Statement on Indiana's Discrimination Law

    04/01/2015 5:44:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Mark Kirk ^ | April 1, 2015 | Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
    U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement on the discriminatory law recently enacted in Indiana: I strongly oppose what Governor Pence did. We should not enshrine bigotry under the cover of religion. Its not just bad practice its un-American.
  • The Rout of Conservative Christians

    04/01/2015 12:18:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 1, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    To no ones surprise, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Walmart) caved on the states RFRA. Excerpt: Facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights advocates, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas on Wednesday called on state lawmakers to either recall or amend legislation billed as a religious freedom measure so that it mirrored a federal law approved in 1993.
  • Tip for the GOP: Show restraint in the culture wars (NeoCon Rubin strikes again)

    04/01/2015 11:14:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 1, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Post reports: Commenting on Indianas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, GOP pollster Whit Ayres said, We are headed to the point where a political candidate who is perceived as anti-gay at the presidential level will never connect with people under 30 years old. More than anything else, its a tone and an attitude of inclusion and acceptance that Ronald Reagan articulated beautifully and that too few Republicans have articulated effectively of late.
  • Arkansas governor: Bill needs changes before I sign it

    04/01/2015 8:55:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | April 1, 2015 | Eric Bander
    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he does not plan to sign the version of the religious freedom bill that currently sits on his desk and called on the state legislature to make changes before sending it back to him. Hutchinson, who called the issue "divisive" and cited his own son as an example of someone urging him to veto the bill, made the announcement during a Little Rock press conference Wednesday morning. The Arkansas House on Tuesday approved a religious freedom measure that mirrors the one Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law in Indiana -- sparking outrage...
  • Foxs Perino, Gutfeld Pan Unnecessary Culture War over Indiana: Hurts the Right

    04/01/2015 7:21:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 31, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    On Foxs The Five today, both Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld panned what Perino deemed an unnecessary culture war over Indianas religious freedom law. Perino argued that the tide is turning on gay marriage not just across the country, but within the GOP, and this fight only helps to nullify the progress thats being made in the party to get Republicans to be more open and accepting of gay rights.
  • Mid-American Conference boycotts Indiana in wake of RFRA

    04/01/2015 7:14:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    SI Wire ^ | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    The Mid-American Conference announced it won't hold championships or meetings in Indiana in response to the state's recent signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, ESPN reported Tuesday. Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said the league would continue to avoid conducting business in the Hoosier state until, "the current matter is brought to a sensible and appropriate conclusion."
  • The Week Mike Pences 2016 Dreams Crumbled

    04/01/2015 6:30:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | April 1, 2015 | Adam Wren
    With the black marble of the Indiana House of Representatives behind him, Gov. Mike Pence in January trumpeted a laundry list of accomplishments achieved in the first half of his first term: Two balanced budgets. A falling unemployment rate. More than 100,00 new jobs created. It seemed the predicate for a potential 2016 run. Basking in the glow of the moment, Pence dropped his customary aw-shucks Hoosier persona and let himself boast: Tonight, there are 49 other governors across this country who wish they could be me! Maybe then. Not anymore.
  • Walmart Asks Arkansas Governor To Veto Religion Freedom Bill

    03/31/2015 5:00:48 PM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    The chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Tuesday asked the governor of Arkansas to veto a religious freedom measure, saying the bill approved by lawmakers earlier in the day undermines "the spirit of inclusion" in the state.
  • Indiana Democrats call for repeal of religious freedom law

    03/31/2015 4:08:45 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    FOX 59 ^ | March 31, 2015 | Matt Adams
    Indiana Democratic leadersand the White Houseresponded Tuesday to the ongoing controversy surrounding Indianas Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Gov. Mike Pences call for legislation to clarify the law. Speaking at the Statehouse Tuesday afternoon, House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) and Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) called for a repeal of the law.
  • (Pat) Haden (USC-AD) skips Indiana meeting because of religious-freedom law [ed]

    03/31/2015 3:45:06 PM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    AP ^ | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week because of a new Indiana religious-freedom law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. Haden posted on Twitter at (at)ADHadenUSC: "I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. (hash)EmbraceDiversity."
  • NY bans state-funded travel to Indiana

    03/31/2015 1:35:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2015 | Keith Laing
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced on Tuesday that he is banning all non-essential state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a state law that critics say would allow businesses to deny service to gay people. "Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the State of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety, Cuomo said in a statement.
  • Connecticut governor: Mike Pence is a bigot

    03/31/2015 10:27:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | March 31, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    Mike Pence is a bigot, according to one of his fellow governors. When you see a bigot you have to call him on it, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said on MSNBCs Morning Joe. Story Continued Below Malloy, the incoming chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, on Monday signed an executive order banning state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a "religious freedom" law signed last week by Pence. Critics say the law, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians; Pence insists its meant only to protect religious communities from government encroachment...
  • NASCAR: Indiana law fosters intolerance, exclusion

    03/31/2015 9:19:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 76 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 31, 2015 | George Diaz
    Perhaps Indiana Gove. Mike Pence and state lawmakers should revisit the religious freedom legislation. Theyve officially lost NASCAR , a sport that, despite its growing diversity, still has a strong conservative base. NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana, said NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes, in a statement released Tuesday. We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we...
  • No, Indianas new religious freedom law isnt discriminatory

    03/31/2015 7:01:33 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 22 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 03/31/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    The Left is apoplectic again over a new piece of statutory law in Indiana that does nothing more than protect long-standing religious freedoms. To liberals, however, religious freedom is not a First Amendment right to be protected, but rather code for bigotry, racism, homophobia, smacking kittens and eating fried foods.
  • Indianapolis Mayor (GOP) Orders City Employees to Ignore Religious Freedom Restoration Act [ed]

    03/31/2015 6:52:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 30, 2015 | Taylor Wofford
    Greg Ballard, the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana's largest city, has come out against a controversial religious freedom act signed into law last week by the states Republican governor, the Indianapolis Star reports. In a press conference Monday, Ballard announced that he had issued an executive order that "no vendor, contractor, grant recipient or anyone receiving public funds or benefits of any kind shall discriminate on the basis of...sexual orientation [or] gender identity."
  • 2016 Republican hopefuls rush to defense of Indiana religious freedom law

    03/31/2015 6:47:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    A throng of likely Republican presidential contenders came to the defense Monday of Indiana Gov. Mike Pences signing of the states religious-freedom law, signaling a sharp contrast with Democrats on an issue that could extend into the 2016 race.
  • Indiana: The Holy War of the Left

    03/31/2015 6:35:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    American Conservative ^ | March 31, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Todays Indianapolis Star front page uses the headline approach usually reserved for war. Because thats what this is: culture war, and the mainstream media, as a vital part of the progressive movement, is waging total war for a cause they believe is holy. Im not exaggerating. To most of the media, there is no other side in the gay marriage debate, or on anything to do with gay rights. There is only Good and Evil. And so we have the spectacle of a moral panic that makes a party that is a chief beneficiary of the First Amendment a...
  • Questions For Indianas Critics

    03/31/2015 6:13:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | Ross Douthat
    I know that I should say something about the backlash and debate over Indianas version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but its been hard to come up with something that I didnt already say in my column when it was Arizonas variation on the same law, vetoed under pressure, that was in the news. That column made the case that the only remaining question in the same-sex marriage debate was what kind of space, if any, an ascendant cultural liberalism would leave to Americans with traditional views on what constitutes a marriage; that the correlation of forces (corporate now...
  • Indiana Chamber Comments on Religious Freedom Bill Becoming Law (No friend of SoCons)

    03/30/2015 10:21:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce ^ | March 26, 2015 | Staff
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration bill, becoming law today and the reaction to that: In our eyes, the law is entirely unnecessary. The reactions to it are not unexpected or unpredicted; passing the law was always going to bring the state unwanted attention. "Yet we are optimistic that the public overall will continue to look to Indiana as a place to come to do business, attend a convention or enjoy a sporting event. Indiana has shown time and time again whether its hosting the Super Bowl or...
  • Indiana: A Religious Liberty Bellwether

    03/30/2015 9:58:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    American Conservative ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    I spent the weekend reading as much as I could about the controversy over Indianas new religious freedom law. What it tells us is very bad, from a conservative perspective, especially a religious conservative perspective. Let me explain. First, the Indiana law is not substantially different from the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, nor is it substantially different from state RFRAs in place in most other states in the US. Indiana law professor Daniel O. Conkle, who supports gay rights in general and same-sex marriage in particular, also supports the Indiana law, and explains why here. Excerpts:
  • Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination religious freedom laws are dangerous

    03/30/2015 7:13:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | Tim Cook
    Theres something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law.
  • Report: Lubitz tweeted "A Germany in which religious feelings have more rights than the meaning of

    03/28/2015 10:03:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/28/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane who deliberately crashed in the Alps on Tuesday killing 150 people, retweeted (actually looks more like shared on Facebook) the photo above, with the caption "A Germany in which religious feelings have more rights than the meaning of freedom - is not my Germany." (Hat Tip: Mike K). And the New York Times reported on Friday that Lubitz "lived, at least part time, with his parents. Mr. Lubitzs mother was an organist at a Protestant church near the town center. Mike K adds: Here is the sad, but probably true story....
  • #BoycottIndiana: Keith Olbermann calls on NCAA to pull Final Four from Indianapolis over RFRA law

    03/27/2015 7:02:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 27, 2015 | Staff
    Add Keith Olbermann to the now trending #BoycottIndiana mob looking to punish the state over its new religious freedom law a law that closely mirrors the 1993 Chuck Schumer sponsored, Bill Clinton signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act:
  • Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

    03/27/2015 6:44:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 26, 2015 | Arthur Chu
    GenCon, the worlds biggest convention for tabletop gaming and a massive moneymaking machine for the State of Indiana, has responded to a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT customers by threatening to leave the stateand take their $50 million-a-year convention elsewhere. This isnt because GenCon is run by political progressives or social justice warriors trying to make a difference. It really, really isnt. If GenCon leaves Indianapolis itll be for the same reason it came to Indianapolis and abandoned its original home of Wisconsin, the home state of founder of D&D Gary Gygax (peace be upon him). Because it makes...
  • Obama: We're 'Obligated' To Condemn Religious Insults He isn't Charlie.

    02/19/2015 5:46:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 2/19/15 | ETHAN EPSTEIN
    There was a nugget in President Obamas widely criticized speech at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month that hasnt received the notice - and, frankly, the opprobrium -- that it deserved. (In fact, only Salon.com of all places, seems to have glommed onto it.) Towards the end of his remarks, the president sermonized thus: But part of humility is also recognizing in modern, complicated, diverse societies, the functioning of these rights, the concern for the protection of these rights calls for each of us to exercise civility and restraint and judgment. And if, in fact, we defend the legal...
  • School board votes to ban religious materials in Orange County schools

    02/11/2015 4:22:25 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    WFTV ^ | 2/10/2015 | WFTV
    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Orange County school board members voted Tuesday evening to ban all religious materials from being distributed at public schools. In 2014, a group put Bibles in Orange County schools for one day, and another group was able to provide atheist materials. But it was when the satanic temple tried to put its own book in schools that the district's policy became an issue. The policy previously permitted the groups to leave religious materials on tables at schools at the beginning of the year on a nationally recognized freedom day. At Tuesday's meeting, board members voted 7-1...
  • 17 Intriguing Facts You Didnt Know About Religion in the U.S.

    10/20/2014 8:29:26 AM PDT · by millegan · 7 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    People say America is one of the most religious countries in the world. But is it religious in the way that you think it is? Youre bound to learn something new in this list:
  • New Jersey nun credited with curing boy beatified

    10/04/2014 8:17:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NEWARK, N.J. A New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease moved a step closer to sainthood Saturday in what church officials said was the first beatification Mass held in the United States. A beatification Mass for Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, who died in 1927, was led by Cardinal Angelo Amato at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. Beatification is the third in a four-step process toward sainthood....
  • 'In 1976 I discovered Ebola, now I fear an unimaginable tragedy'

    10/04/2014 3:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 4, 2014 | Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch, The Observer
    Peter Piot was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had fallen mysteriously ill in Zaire.Professor Piot, as a young scientist in Antwerp, you were part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976. How did it happen? I still remember exactly. One day in September, a pilot from Sabena Airlines brought us a shiny blue Thermos and a letter from a doctor in Kinshasa in what was then Zaire. In the Thermos, he wrote, there was a blood sample from a Belgian nun who...
  • Dont Buy the Lie That Freedom to Worship Is the Same as Religious Freedom

    09/22/2014 6:56:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 21, 2014 | Sarah Torre
    The right to live, work and worship according to ones faith is a freedom foundational to the United States. Many of the first settlers, having faced religious persecution in England, sought a place where they could freely worship and live according to their conscience without interference from the government. The Founders were clear, and the Bill of Rights makes it fundamental to our constitutional order that the government should not infringe on the free exercise of religion. In recent years, however, Americans have increasingly faced attempts to water down this robust understanding of religious freedom to a mere freedom to...
  • (Israeli)Rabbinical court prevents (American-Israeli)teen girl from leaving Israel

    09/19/2014 5:41:14 AM PDT · by patlin · 27 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Sept 11, 2014 | Melanie Lidman
    An American-Israeli woman is fighting for her daughters right to leave Israel after her ex-husband filed a case in the Rabbinical Court on September 4 demanding visitation rights. The child in question, a 13-year-old named Inbar, or Amber Hope Layman, cannot leave Israel during the legal proceedings, and her mother promises to raise hell in order to bring her home. The mother, Danielle Layman, currently lives in Kansas and is married to an American, Jeremy Layman. She left Shahar Abecassis, Inbars father, in 2003. Danielle Layman said Shahar was abusive and made threats on Inbars life, and that she had...
  • 'Meteoric' Rise in Religious Education in Tel Aviv

    09/01/2014 3:14:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/9/14 | Moshe Cohen
    Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home) on the first day of classes Monday visited the Reishit school in Tel Aviv, a rapidly growing religious school in the traditionally secular city. At the school, located in southern Tel Aviv, Ben-Dahan spoke before hundreds of students. Reishit boasts some 400 students, the highest number in its history. If the students "work hard they can get to anywhere they want. Any one of you can be an IDF general, a rabbi, minister, or director of a large company," remarked Ben-Dahan at the school. "We need faith in religious and state...
  • Dear Mr. Gothard

    08/26/2014 10:53:34 AM PDT · by DariusBane · 119 replies
    redemptionpictures.com/ ^ | 8 July 2014 | Heather E. Corcoran
    You would see me across the room when we arrived on Saturday night for staff dinner. Youd signal to me in a personal and private way that you wanted me to sit with you. And you always positioned me just directly across from you. Youd slide your feet out of your shoes and play footsies with me. You would use your feet to feel But rather than offering that protection, you exploited that situation. You asked me to tell you how it felt. To tell you if my body was aroused by their touches. You wanted vivid details. But you...
  • Administration Proposes New Health Rules Addressing Religious Objections

    08/22/2014 4:33:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    New York Times, ^ | 8/22/14 | Michael D. Shear
    Edgartown, Mass. The Obama administration on Friday proposed new regulations intended to address the religious objections that some nonprofit organizations and private companies have to providing contraceptive coverage for their employees. (Snip) On Friday, the administration proposed a rule, which would go into effect immediately, to address the concerns of nonprofit groups. Under the proposal, a religious college or other nonprofit group could inform the Department of Health and Human Services of its religious objections and the department would then contact insurance companies and arrange the birth control coverage at