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Religious Exemption

AMA Comes Out Against Religious Exemptions For Vaccines

The Associated Press | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion

CHICAGO (AP) — The American Medical Association has adopted policies against nonmedical vaccine refusals and for transgender people in the military....

Dana Liebelson

Texas Bill Could Protect Welfare Providers Who Force Kids Into Gay Conversion Therapy | Dana Liebelson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas House lawmakers are expected to consider a measure as early as Wednesday that could be used to protect child welfare service provi...

Measles, Hobby Lobby and the Real Problem with Vaccinations

Steven Conn | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

What do the measles outbreak, Islamic fanatics in Pakistan, and the Supreme Court's execrable Hobby Lobby decision all have in common? Answer: all three are examples of how society suffers when people's religious beliefs are put ahead of the greater good.

House Bill Could Give Amish A Religious Exemption From Photos On State IDs

The Associated Press | LAURYN SCHROEDER | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some Indiana residents could get a religious exemption from having their photographs on state identification cards under legisla...

Regarding Culture Thieves

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Diversity is no mere slogan, but a challenging reality. Respect that is not reciprocated is subservience. As I would not have your beliefs imposed on me, so I must not impose mine on you. This is part of the social contract.

Rift Over Religious Exemption In Anti-LGBT Discrimination Order

AP | DAVID CRARY and LISA LEFF | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive ord...

Faith Leaders Oppose Religious Exemption From LGBT Non-Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion

More than one hundred faith leaders sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday asking that he remove a religious exemption from his upcoming executiv...

Supreme Court Upholds Wheaton College's Religious Objection To Contraception

USA Today | Richard Wolf | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court offered a further sign that it favors letting employers with religious objections avoid the Obama administration’...

When Rights Collide

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When the rights of groups conflict, it makes little sense that the historically privileged should be deemed the aggrieved party. But courtrooms and legislatures are not our only ground. We must reach in honesty and clarity across the social divide.

Ahead Of Hobby Lobby Decision, Americans Split On Contraception Mandate For Religious Employers

The Huffington Post | Rachel Lienesch | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

Just days before the expected announcement of the Supreme Court's ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds Americans...

The Religious Exemption: A Clear and Present Danger to LGBTQ Rights

Rev. Mel White | Posted 06.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Mel White

Supreme Court watchers are already predicting that the Greens and their religious and political allies on the right will win. I'm not so sure. I still have hope that once again Justice Roberts will show his courage and support the rights and protections of all Americans.

Why New Polling Shows Both the GOP and LGBT Groups Are Out of Touch

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Sure, LGBT groups are operating within a political environment in which a small band of extremists have a lock on the GOP. But better to get nothing passed right now and continue to embarrass the GOP and watch it implode than to compromise our rights and pander to those extremists.

Tax-Free Housing For Clergy Struck Down By Court

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A federal judge has ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that allows clergy to shield a portion of their salary from federal income ...

Emily Swanson

Americans Divided On Exemptions For Contraception Rule | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Americans are divided over whether religiously affiliated non-profits should be exempt from having to cover the costs of their employees' contraceptio...

Thousands Of Virginia Kids Not Required To Get An Education

Posted 09.18.2012 | Education

More than 7,000 Virginia children may not be getting any form of education as a result of a state law that permits religious exemptions, a recent stud...

Who's Getting Paid to Have Sex? The Politicization of Female Sexuality

Nicole Skibola | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Nicole Skibola

We need to think about gender parity as not equal expenditure by an employer on male and female employees, but equal treatment as to the physiological needs of each sex.

Laura Bassett

Catholic Clergy Raises False Alarms About Birth Control Mandate | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

The Catholic clergy has aggressively lobbied against the Obama administration's proposed rules for contraception coverage for the past few months, arg...

Protecting Religious Bullies? | Posted 01.08.2012 | Religion

As a transplanted Michigander, I've always maintained pride in my home state. I've only owned American cars. I believed in the Lions even during the r...