Religious Beliefs and Abortion Laws

How religious belief affect abortion laws and vaccination.

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When Politics Isn’t About Principle

From vaccine mandates to religious liberty, your allies often matter more than your ideology.

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Covid Vaccine Resisters Seek Religious Exemptions. But What Counts?

Major denominations are essentially unanimous in their support of the vaccines against Covid-19, but individuals who object are citing their personal faith for support.

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Supreme Court Stays John Ramirez’s Execution in Dispute Over Pastor’s Role

The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions on the role that spiritual advisers may play in death row inmates’ final moments.

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Supreme Court Stays Execution in Dispute Over Pastor’s Role

The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions on the role that spiritual advisers may play in death row inmates’ final moments.

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Christian Exemptions to Vaccine Mandates Lack Sound Basis

There is no legitimate religious basis for exemptions from vaccine mandates in any established stream of Christianity.

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Want to Enhance Civil Liberties? Embrace Vaccine Mandates.

They protect the most vulnerable among us.

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Houses of Worship Struggle Back, and Tread Lightly on Vaccines

Emptied out by the pandemic, most churches in New York City do not require worshipers to be vaccinated. Rules vary from place to place.

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Who Can Make You Get a Covid Vaccine?

Employers, universities and local governments can all issue some type of vaccination requirement. Here’s what to know about the mandates.

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An Unmarried Catholic Schoolteacher Got Pregnant. She Was Fired.

A lawsuit that she filed in New Jersey is testing the First Amendment limits of religious freedom.

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Archaeologists Uncover Decapitated Bodies From Roman Britain

Technological advances, including DNA and tooth enamel analyses, allowed researchers to form new conclusions about capital punishment under Roman rule.

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Alabama Lifts Its Ban on Yoga in Schools

For the first time in three decades, yoga can be taught, but the law will still bar teachers from using Sanskrit names for poses.

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Quebec’s Ban on Public Religious Symbols Largely Upheld

The ruling exempts English-speaking schools and effectively allows provincial legislators to wear turbans or head scarves, but it angered civil liberties advocates as discriminatory.

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The Supreme Court Is Making New Law in the Shadows

The justices are defying their procedural rules to rewrite the Constitution.

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This Is What Judicial Activism Looks Like on the Supreme Court

In a dissent, two conservative justices invite a case to overturn a precedent on religion in the workplace that they dislike.

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The Muslims Who Inspired Spinoza, Locke and Defoe

A novel written by a 12th-century Arab writer about a boy alone on an island influenced the Daniel Defoe classic ‘Robinson Crusoe.’

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An Extraordinary Winning Streak for Religion at the Supreme Court

More broadly, one new study found, “the politicization of religious freedom has infiltrated every level of the federal judiciary.”

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State Dept. Reverses Trump Policies on Reproductive and Religious Freedoms

Even as Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken similarly condemned abuses and oppression from China to Syria to Venezuela, he overturned aspects of the Trump administration’s human rights agenda.

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Indonesia Says Schools Can’t Make Girls Wear Head Scarves

The decree, which applies to public schools in the Muslim-majority country, came after a Christian father confronted an official at his daughter’s school.

#education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #indonesia, #muslim-veiling, #muslims-and-islam, #women-and-girls

Supreme Court Rebuffs Alabama’s Effort to Bar Pastor From Execution Chamber

The case was the latest in a series of disputes over the presence of spiritual advisers in execution chambers that have bitterly divided the justices.

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Supreme Court Partly Backs Religious Challenge to California Virus Restrictions

The ruling followed a similar one in a case from New York and provided more evidence of a change in the court’s direction after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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The Supreme Court Upheld Trump’s Muslim Ban. Let’s Not Forget That.

The decision offers a warning for the future.

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An Embattled Public Servant in a Fractured France

Nicolas Cadène sees the failings of France’s secular model even as he upholds it.

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Choice

Will she join the Supreme Court’s grievance conservatives?

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The Supreme Court’s Ruling on Limiting the Size of Religious Services

Readers are mostly critical of a decision rejecting New York’s restrictions. One cites a recent Op-Ed by the pope.

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Midnight Ruling Exposes Rifts at a Supreme Court Transformed by Trump

The justices issued six opinions, several of them unusually bitter, in upholding challenges from churches and synagogues to state pandemic restrictions on religious services.

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Splitting 5 to 4, Supreme Court Backs Religious Challenge to Cuomo’s Virus Shutdown Order

In earlier rulings related to coronavirus restrictions in California and Nevada, the court had taken the opposite approach. But its membership has changed since then.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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