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  • EEOC Files Suits on Behalf of Employees Who Allege Religious Discrimination
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    Should ministers at for-profit wedding chapels be compelled to perform same-sex ceremonies?

    Two ordained min­is­ters, Don­ald and Eve­lyn Knapp, who oper­ate a for-profit wed­ding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho were threat­ened with a mis­de­meanor charge for refus­ing to per­form same-sex mar­riage cer­e­monies. The Knapps responded by fil­ing a law­suit and a motion for a tem­po­rary restrain­ing order against the city in the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Idaho.

  • 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.

 

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A cam­paign against the state of Cal­i­for­nia man­dat­ing abor­tion cov­er­age in insur­ance plans is inten­si­fy­ing. Sev­eral com­plaints have been filed with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to keep it from vio­lat­ing what Chris­t­ian legal groups con­sider American’s fun­da­men­tal rights and go against their reli­giously held beliefs and conscience.

 
 

Should ministers at for-profit wedding chapels be compelled to perform same-sex ceremonies?

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Two ordained min­is­ters, Don­ald and Eve­lyn Knapp, who oper­ate a for-profit wed­ding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho were threat­ened with a mis­de­meanor charge for refus­ing to per­form same-sex mar­riage cer­e­monies. The Knapps responded by fil­ing a law­suit and a motion for a tem­po­rary restrain­ing order against the city in the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Idaho.

 
 

Many Reasons to Celebrate Constitution

We loudly cel­e­brate July 4 because on that day in 1776, our fore­bears declared their inde­pen­dence from Great Britain. But it was the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of our Con­sti­tu­tion on Sept. 17, 1787, that dic­tated what kind of gov­ern­ment the recently lib­er­ated colonists — and you and I — would live under.

 
 

Opinion: Atheists, Conscience and God’s Name

An athe­ist air­man at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada recently wasn’t allowed to re-enlist because he refused to sign an oath con­tain­ing the phrase “so help me God.”

Ini­tially, Air Force per­son­nel reported that enlis­tees used to be allowed to opt out of the oath’s appeal to deity, but the pro­vi­sion had been with­drawn on Oct. 30, 2013. The Air Force claimed that only Con­gress could rein­state it.

How­ever, when the Amer­i­can Human­ist Asso­ci­a­tion and the media became involved, the Air Force sought legal coun­sel and reverted to the for­mer prac­tice. But that didn’t please some Christians.

 
 

Opinion: Will the Quest for Cost Containment Under the Affordable Care Act Lead to Death Panels?

Opinion: Will the Quest for Cost Containment Under the Affordable Care Act Lead to Death Panels?

It’s not enough that only 35% of the peo­ple think favor­ably about The Afford­able Care Act (Oba­macare). (Sta­tis­tic from the 9/11/14 Investor’s Busi­ness Daily, cit­ing a Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion poll.) Or that pre­mi­ums will be going up sig­nif­i­cantly higher for those still pay­ing for their own insur­ance. (Mine has already gone up $400. per month.) Once the gov­ern­ment stops sub­si­diz­ing the insur­ance indus­try (which, of course, will not hap­pen before the midterm elec­tions) those pay­ing for their own insur­ance are likely to see a fur­ther price increase. In the mean­time, many insur­ers are lim­it­ing the size of their net­works for cov­ered hos­pi­tals and doc­tors in order to keep their costs down.

 
 

Adventist Pastor Abducted During Communion Service in Eastern Ukraine

On Sep­tem­ber 27, 2014, a Seventh-day Adven­tist pas­tor in east­ern Ukraine was abducted by gun­men as he was con­duct­ing a com­mu­nion ser­vice at a small church in Hor­livka. Accord­ing to parish­ioners, reports the Adven­tist Review, the gun­men refused to iden­tify them­selves or answer any ques­tions. They forced Pas­tor Sergei Litovchenko to close the church and get into a car. The church is try­ing to […]

 
 

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.

 
 
 
 

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