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Testimony of Gregory Hamilton in support of the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786)

Testimony of Gregory Hamilton in support of the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786)

April 9, 2009   Senator Floyd Prozanski, Chair Senate Judiciary Committee Oregon State Legislature 900 Court Street NE S-417 Salem, Oregon 97301 RE: SB 786 – Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act Mr. Chairman and Committee Members: The Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA) represents the constitutional and workplace discrimination concerns of all people of faith in the states of Alaska, Idaho, […]

 
 

Testimony of Michael Peabody in favor of the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786)

Testimony of Michael Peabody in favor of the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786)

April 9, 2009 Senate Judiciary Committee Oregon State Legislature Salem, Oregon     RE:          SB 786 – Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SUPPORT)   Mr. Chairman and Members, Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Workplace Religious Freedom Act.  As an attorney I have had the privilege of representing employees in several […]

 
 

Talking Points SB 786 – Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act

GENERAL Talking Points   Federal Religious Accommodation Law   Defining terms: "Undue hardship." Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended in 1972, requires employers to "reasonably" accommodate the religious practices of their employees unless, by so doing, the employer would incur an "undue hardship on the conduct of the employer's business."[1] The act itself does […]

 
 

Economic interdependency quiets voices against Chinese human rights abuses

By Michael D. Peabody Last week as it circled the globe, protesters chased the Olympic flame as it traveled to Beijing. That China has been involved in human rights abuses and untoward activities in Tibet is a fact, and a boycott of the Olympics would certainly send a signal to the authorities that the world is paying attention. But as […]

 
 

Film Review – "Expelled" – Darwin's Kool-Aid (CFP)

I've been seeing the Google-generated ad on this site for several days now, and finally decided to learn more about Ben Stein's new film "Expelled." Frankly, it looks compelling and I hope to see it soon. This is a good overview of the film and it's potential impact – academic freedom goes both ways. Are science professors who question Darwin […]

 
 

Wall of silence broken at Minnesota's Muslim public school

A Minnesota columnist reports on her visit to a "Muslim public school" in Minneapolis. It will be interesting to see whether the school survives constitutional scrutiny. Recently, I wrote about Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA), a K-8 charter school in Inver Grove Heights. Charter schools are public schools and by law must not endorse or promote religion. Evidence suggests, however, […]

 
 

The New Blue Laws – Slate.com

Slate contributor and labor union attorney, Paul L. Edenfield, asks the questions as to workers have the right to have Sundays off. This may be the forerunner of additional trends in this area: The New Blue Laws They're about giving workers a break, not forcing church attendance. By Paul L. Edenfield Updated Monday, April 7, 2008, at 7:39 AM ET […]

 
 

Worker wins $6.5 million in reverse religious discrimination suit

A former employee of Kelly Services, a worldwide provider of temporary workers, was awarded more than $6.5 million in damages Friday by a Sacramento federal jury on her claim that the company failed to promote her because she is not a member of a religious group that other employees belong to. Lynn Noyes, who worked nearly 10 years for Kelly […]

 
 

McCain shies away from religion talk – Politico.com

McCain shies away from religion talk – Politico.com

Presidential candidate John McCain remains private about his religion. By Jonathan Martin – Politico.com Traversing the country this week on a tour of places that have shaped his life and informed his values, John McCain spoke in strikingly personal language to introduce himself to the American public. But missing so far is any significant mention of religious faith. In an […]

 
 

Obama's Faith-Based Outreach Hit By Wright Controversy

Religion is supposed to be Barack Obama's strength. Unlike many Democratic candidates before him, Obama speaks with ease about his faith. He attends Sunday worship and knows his Bible. His supporters believe he can pry some committed churchgoers away from the GOP. But the furor over comments by his Chicago pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, broadcast again and again on […]