Case on Churches, Cuomo and Coronavirus Arrives at Supreme Court

The general question in cases in California, Nevada and New York is whether government officials or judges should calibrate responses to the public health crisis.

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Trump or No Trump, Religious Authoritarianism Is Here to Stay

Their unlikely ally may have lost the White House, but Christian nationalists still plan to win the war.

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In Unusually Political Speech, Alito Says Liberals Pose Threat to Liberties

The conservative justice’s pointed remarks, which he made in a speech to the Federalist Society, reflected thoughts he has expressed in his opinions.

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The Faithful Voters Who Helped Put Biden Over the Top

The president-elect’s approach to religion made a critical difference in key battleground states.

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France’s Hardening Defense of Cartoons of Muhammad Could Lead to ‘A Trap’

Once denounced by French leaders, the images are now defended across the political spectrum, widening a divide with Muslim nations and leaving many French Muslims alienated.

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A Question of Life and Death Looms for Amy Coney Barrett

If confirmed, she may soon have to reconcile her Catholic morality and the law over a death penalty case.

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With Barrett Nomination, a D.C. Conservative Power Couple Nears Its Dream

Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network and Roger Severino, a senior health and human services official, have worked to reshape social policy and the courts they need to uphold it.

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Leave Amy Coney Barrett’s Faith Out of This

Examine her jurisprudence, not her religious practice.

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Do Cuomo’s New Covid Rules Discriminate Against Religion?

I almost always side with protecting houses of worship. But there are limits.

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Glimpses of the Isolated Communities Along a Remote Siberian River

Once a vast prison ground for political exiles, the banks of the Ket River are now home to a range of solitary settlements.

#freedom-of-religion, #railroads, #russia, #russian-orthodox-church, #siberia, #stalin-joseph, #travel-and-vacations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #weather, #wood-and-wood-products

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Amy Coney Barrett and the New, Old Anti-Catholicism

Critics of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee argue that pious Catholics are a problem for liberalism. They have a point.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #freedom-of-religion, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us

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Trump and Biden Court Catholic Vote, in Very Different Ways

Joseph Biden’s supporters are highlighting his Catholic faith and values while President Trump, with a Supreme Court selection looming, is operating on the culture-war turf he prefers.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #freedom-of-religion, #hispanic-americans, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Poor and Desperate, Pakistani Hindus Accept Islam to Get By

Drawn by jobs or land offered by Muslim groups, some Hindus, facing discrimination and a virus-ravaged economy, are essentially converting to survive.

#caste-systems, #clergy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #freedom-of-religion, #hinduism, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #pakistan, #poverty

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American Accused of Blasphemy Is Killed in Pakistan Courtroom

The shooting of Tahir Ahmad Naseem drew strong U.S. condemnation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which are often used to persecute and intimidate religious minorities.

#freedom-of-religion, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #naseem-tahir-ahmad-d-2020, #pakistan, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

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The Supreme Court’s Religious Wing Takes on Covid-19 Restrictions

The fight over limits on church attendance divides the justices.

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Split 5 to 4, Supreme Court Rejects Nevada Church’s Challenge to Shutdown Restrictions

The church said it was subject to more severe limits than casinos and restaurants.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #nevada, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us

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Pompeo Says Human Rights Policy Must Prioritize Property Rights and Religion

In a speech, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was important “for every American, and for every American diplomat,” to recognize how the founders understood “unalienable rights.”

#freedom-of-religion, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #national-constitution-center-philadelphia, #pompeo-mike, #speeches-and-statements, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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John Roberts’s Triumphant Supreme Court Term

Among them: Religion got a place at the public table long reserved for secular society.

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How the Supreme Court and Americans Diverged Over Religion at Work

Two decisions this week gave religious employers greater power to fire workers and limit birth control coverage. Polls suggest that on such issues of religious exemptions, most Americans disagree with the court.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #decisions-and-verdicts, #discrimination, #freedom-of-religion, #polls-and-public-opinion, #supreme-court-us

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Inside the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Birth Control Coverage

A victory for religious employers is a defeat for their employees — and for the Affordable Care Act.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #debatable, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #supreme-court-us

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On Religion, the Supreme Court Protects the Right to Be Different

Recent decisions are about safeguarding pluralism, not taking sides in the culture wars.

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TRoberts Supreme Court Curtails Birth Control Access. Again.

Justices rule that employers can stand between female workers and their health care.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #freedom-of-religion, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #little-sisters-of-the-poor, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #pennsylvania, #united-states, #women-and-girls

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Supreme Court Lets Employers Opt Out of Providing Free Birth Control

The justices upheld regulations from the Trump administration that allowed employers with religious objections to decline to provide contraception coverage.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-religion, #hobby-lobby-stores-inc, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us

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We Can Find Common Ground on Gay Rights and Religious Liberty

It does not have to be all or nothing.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #faith-based-initiatives, #freedom-of-religion, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #law-and-legislation, #mormons-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #united-states-politics-and-government, #utah

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The Tempting of Neil Gorsuch

Another conservative justice’s arc bends toward juristocracy.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #constitution-us, #freedom-of-religion, #gorsuch-neil-m, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Just How Secular Should America Be?

Monday’s Supreme Court decision on sex discrimination was a blow for religious freedom. That’s a problem — for both sides.

#freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us

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Supreme Court Stays Execution of Texas Inmate Over Issue of Spiritual Adviser

Ruben Gutierrez’s lawyers argued that he had the right to have a Christian chaplain present during his execution.

#alabama, #capital-punishment, #chaplains, #clergy, #coronavirus-reopenings, #discrimination, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #freedom-of-religion, #gutierrez-ruben-inmate, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #murphy-patrick-henry-jr, #paxton-ken, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #texas

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Conservative Christians See ‘Seismic Implications’ in Supreme Court Ruling

A ruling that protects the rights of gay and transgender workers could impact how conservative groups operate their own institutions.

#christians-and-christianity, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #decisions-and-verdicts, #discrimination, #freedom-of-religion, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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The Constitutional Separation of Church and State Faces Demise

The government is allowing federal pandemic aid to pay for clergy salaries, something that once would have been unthinkable.

#clergy, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-taxes-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #religion-state-relations, #small-business

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The Supreme Court, Too, Is on the Brink

The polarization roiling the country has the Supreme Court in its grip.

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Supreme Court, in 5-4 Decision, Rejects Church’s Challenge to Shutdown Order

A California church argued that restrictions on public gatherings treated houses of worship worse than many businesses.

#constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #newsom-gavin, #quarantines, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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The Supreme Court Hears Two Important Religion Cases

Two recent cases on religion are about more than the tales they tell.

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Supreme Court Takes On Employment Bias at Religious Schools

The cases are the latest in a series the court has had before it considering the relationship between church and state.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #california, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #equal-employment-opportunity-commission, #freedom-of-religion, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #gorsuch-neil-m, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #roberts-john-g-jr, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us

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Coronavirus as a Reminder of the Urgency of Getting Your Vaccines

Even before the pandemic, many parents rejected readily available, safe and effective immunizations that can protect their children.

#children-and-childhood, #freedom-of-religion, #measles, #mumps, #parenting, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whooping-cough

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New York Hasidic Jewish Communities Hit Hard by Coronavirus

In the New York area, the epidemic has killed influential religious leaders and torn through large, tight-knit families.

#borough-park-brooklyn-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #epidemics, #freedom-of-religion, #funerals-and-memorials, #hasidism, #jews-and-judaism, #lakewood-nj, #medicine-and-health, #quarantines, #south-williamsburg-brooklyn-ny, #synagogues

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