• Liberty Institute Files EEOC Charge of Discrimination on Behalf of Dr. Eric Walsh
  • Americans Fear Religion is Losing Influence in U.S. Pew Study Finds
  • EEOC Files Suits on Behalf of Employees Who Allege Religious Discrimination
  • Prisoner’s Beard Appeal to be Heard by Supreme Court on Oct. 7
  • Pope Francis: World’s Current Conflicts Amount to Piecemeal WWIII
  • Liberty Institute Files EEOC Charge of Discrimination on Behalf of Dr. Eric Walsh

    Liberty Institute Files EEOC Charge of Discrimination on Behalf of Dr. Eric Walsh

    ATLANTA, GA, Sep­tem­ber 23, 2014—Today, Lib­erty Insti­tute and Parks, Chesin & Wal­bert, attor­neys for Dr. Eric Walsh, a lead­ing pub­lic health expert, who holds both a med­ical degree and Ph.D. and serves as lay min­is­ter with the Sev­enth Day Adven­tist Church, filed an offi­cial charge of dis­crim­i­na­tion with the United States Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­nity Com­mis­sion (EEOC). Geor­gia Depart­ment of Health offered Dr. Walsh a job in May, which he accepted, announced his employ­ment pub­licly, but then top offi­cials laughed about their deci­sion to ter­mi­nate his posi­tion as Direc­tor of Pub­lic Health for the region of north­east Geor­gia based upon Dr. Walsh’s reli­gious beliefs.

  • Americans Fear Religion is Losing Influence in U.S. Pew Study Finds

    Americans Fear Religion is Losing Influence in U.S. Pew Study Finds

    Accord­ing to a sur­vey released Sep­tem­ber 22, 2014 by Pew Research Cen­ter, 72% of Amer­i­cans think that reli­gion is los­ing its influ­ence on Amer­i­can soci­ety while only 22% believe that it is increas­ing its influ­ence. Of these, 56% believe that this loss of influ­ence is a “bad thing.” Of the 22% who believe that reli­gion is gain­ing influ­ence, 12% say that it is a “good thing” while 10% say that it is not.

  • EEOC Files Suits on Behalf of Employees Who Allege Religious Discrimination

    EEOC Files Suits on Behalf of Employees Who Allege Religious Discrimination

    The Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­nity Com­mis­sion has recently filed suit in two cases alleg­ing that employ­ers vio­lated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they failed to accom­mo­date holy day obser­vance prac­tices of employees.

  • Prisoner’s Beard Appeal to be Heard by Supreme Court on Oct. 7

    Prisoner’s Beard Appeal to be Heard by Supreme Court on Oct. 7

    On Octo­ber 7, the U.S. Supreme Court is sched­uled to hear oral argu­ment on whether the Arkansas Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions groom­ing pol­icy vio­lates the Reli­gious Land Use and Insti­tu­tion­al­ized Per­sons act of 2000 (RLUIPA) when it pro­hibits a pris­oner from grow­ing a one-half-inch beard in accor­dance with his reli­gious beliefs.

  • Pope Francis: World’s Current Conflicts Amount to Piecemeal WWIII

    Pope Francis: World’s Current Conflicts Amount to Piecemeal WWIII

    On Sep­tem­ber 13, dur­ing a visit to the Ital­ian Mil­i­tary Memo­r­ial of Redipuglia, a mon­u­ment in Italy where more than 100,000 sol­diers who died in World War I are buried, Pope Fran­cis said that World War III has begun in a “piece­meal” fashion.

 

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California Governor Brown Vetoes Mandatory Kindergarten

California Governor Brown Vetoes Mandatory Kindergarten

On Sep­tem­ber 28, Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown vetoed leg­is­la­tion that would have required all chil­dren to com­plete kinder­garten before enter­ing first grade. This bill, AB 1444, sup­ported by teach­ers’ unions, would have had the prac­ti­cal effect of man­dat­ing that all 5 year-olds attend kinder­garten. The Home­school Legal Defense Asso­ci­a­tion among other groups objected to the leg­is­la­tion on the grounds that it would deny parental choice over edu­ca­tion. HSLDA also cited evi­dence that manda­tory early edu­ca­tion does not improve the qual­ity of edu­ca­tion and can lead to behav­ioral problems.

 
 

Liberty Institute Files EEOC Charge of Discrimination on Behalf of Dr. Eric Walsh

Liberty Institute Files EEOC Charge of Discrimination on Behalf of Dr. Eric Walsh

ATLANTA, GA, Sep­tem­ber 23, 2014—Today, Lib­erty Insti­tute and Parks, Chesin & Wal­bert, attor­neys for Dr. Eric Walsh, a lead­ing pub­lic health expert, who holds both a med­ical degree and Ph.D. and serves as lay min­is­ter with the Sev­enth Day Adven­tist Church, filed an offi­cial charge of dis­crim­i­na­tion with the United States Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­nity Com­mis­sion (EEOC). Geor­gia Depart­ment of Health offered Dr. Walsh a job in May, which he accepted, announced his employ­ment pub­licly, but then top offi­cials laughed about their deci­sion to ter­mi­nate his posi­tion as Direc­tor of Pub­lic Health for the region of north­east Geor­gia based upon Dr. Walsh’s reli­gious beliefs.

 
 

Americans Fear Religion is Losing Influence in U.S. Pew Study Finds

Americans Fear Religion is Losing Influence in U.S. Pew Study Finds

Accord­ing to a sur­vey released Sep­tem­ber 22, 2014 by Pew Research Cen­ter, 72% of Amer­i­cans think that reli­gion is los­ing its influ­ence on Amer­i­can soci­ety while only 22% believe that it is increas­ing its influ­ence. Of these, 56% believe that this loss of influ­ence is a “bad thing.” Of the 22% who believe that reli­gion is gain­ing influ­ence, 12% say that it is a “good thing” while 10% say that it is not.

 
 

EEOC Files Suits on Behalf of Employees Who Allege Religious Discrimination

EEOC Files Suits on Behalf of Employees Who Allege Religious Discrimination

The Equal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­nity Com­mis­sion has recently filed suit in two cases alleg­ing that employ­ers vio­lated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they failed to accom­mo­date holy day obser­vance prac­tices of employees.

 
 

Prisoner’s Beard Appeal to be Heard by Supreme Court on Oct. 7

Prisoner’s Beard Appeal to be Heard by Supreme Court on Oct. 7

On Octo­ber 7, the U.S. Supreme Court is sched­uled to hear oral argu­ment on whether the Arkansas Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions groom­ing pol­icy vio­lates the Reli­gious Land Use and Insti­tu­tion­al­ized Per­sons act of 2000 (RLUIPA) when it pro­hibits a pris­oner from grow­ing a one-half-inch beard in accor­dance with his reli­gious beliefs.

 
 

Pope Francis: World’s Current Conflicts Amount to Piecemeal WWIII

Pope Francis: World’s Current Conflicts Amount to Piecemeal WWIII

On Sep­tem­ber 13, dur­ing a visit to the Ital­ian Mil­i­tary Memo­r­ial of Redipuglia, a mon­u­ment in Italy where more than 100,000 sol­diers who died in World War I are buried, Pope Fran­cis said that World War III has begun in a “piece­meal” fashion.

 
 

7th Circuit Overturns Indiana and Wisconsin Bans on Same-Sex Marriage

7th Circuit Overturns Indiana and Wisconsin Bans on Same-Sex Marriage

A three-judge panel of the 7th Cir­cuit Court of Appeals last week unan­i­mously struck down state bans on same-sex mar­riage in Indi­ana and Wis­con­sin. In a 40-page opin­ion (http://www.scribd.com/doc/238675754/14–2386-212#download), Judge Richard Pos­ner blasted the two states for argu­ing that the rea­son why gay mar­riages were pro­hib­ited while het­ero­sex­ual mar­riages were encour­aged was that het­ero­sex­u­als needed mar­riage to make cou­ples take respon­si­bil­ity for their unplanned chil­dren. The states had argued that since homo­sex­ual cou­ples could not acci­den­tally con­ceive chil­dren, the state had no inter­est in them being married.

 
 

Standing to Sue at Issue In 7th Cir. Hearing on Ministerial Housing Allowance

Standing to Sue at Issue In 7th Cir. Hearing on Ministerial Housing Allowance

On Sep­tem­ber 10, the 7th Cir­cuit Court of Appeals heard oral argu­ment in Free­dom from Reli­gion Foun­da­tion (FFRF) v. Lew. The judges focused on whether FFRF had stand­ing to bring the case.

 
 

Religious Liberty in China: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

People crowd famous Wangfujing snack street during National Day holiday on October 4, 2013 in Beijing, China - iStockPhoto / Getty Images

By Doug Bandow — Today China’s big cities look much like urban areas any­where in the world. There are lots of cars. What I didn’t expect was to see a Chris­t­ian “fish” on an auto.

Reli­gion is “on the rise,” one U.S. diplo­mat told me.

It also is under attack by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment. As I wrote in the Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor online: “When it comes to reli­gious lib­erty in the People’s Repub­lic of China, there’s the (sur­pris­ingly fre­quent) good, (not so con­stant) bad, and (still too often) ugly.”

 
 

RUSSIA: “We still cry when we remember the burned books” (Forum 18)

RUSSIA: “We still cry when we remember the burned books” (Forum 18)

A Tatarstan court had to reject the prosecutor’s suit to have a fur­ther 18 books by or about the Turk­ish Islamic the­olo­gian Said Nursi declared “extrem­ist” as police had already burned them. Accord­ing to a police let­ter seen by Forum 18 News Ser­vice, police claim not to have received a court deci­sion order­ing their return to the owner, Nakiya Shar­i­ful­lina, who had con­tro­ver­sially been con­victed for “extrem­ist” activ­ity. “We still cry when we remem­ber the burned books,” a local Mus­lim told Forum 18, adding that they “asked God that these peo­ple repent for their actions, since in these books were verses of the Holy Koran”. Four fur­ther Nursi titles, plus more Jehovah’s Wit­ness pub­li­ca­tions, have been declared “extrem­ist” and banned. Web­sites or pages that host reli­gious mate­ri­als con­tro­ver­sially banned as “extrem­ist” have sim­i­larly been banned and added to Russia’s Reg­is­ter of Banned Sites.

 
 
 
 

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