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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Legislating in the Name of God

Republican officeholders are no longer coy about their religion-driven mission to stop abortion.

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Want to Enhance Civil Liberties? Embrace Vaccine Mandates.

They protect the most vulnerable among us.

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This Is How Theocracy Shrivels

Radical ideas that once made Islamist extremism seem galvanizing have lost their luster.

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The French and Indian War and U.S. History’s Complexities

What the French and Indian War suggests about our own history wars.

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In France’s Military, Muslims Find a Tolerance That Is Elusive Elsewhere

In a nation wary of the growth of Islam, France’s military has embraced and integrated its Muslim soldiers by facilitating their religious practice.

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Vatican Expresses Deep Reservations Over Gay Rights Bill in Italy

The move prompted cries of political meddling from liberal politicians and gestures of gratitude from conservatives. A church historian called it “an unprecedented act.”

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How to Have the Hard Vaccination Conversations

Asking someone if they’ve had a Covid shot can be tricky. Here’s how to navigate the new norms of health disclosure.

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Trappes est-elle, un ‘territoire perdu de la République’?

À Trappes, un âpre combat oppose le maire à un enseignant qui affirme que la ville est aux mains des islamistes. Leur conflit attise le débat national sur l’identité française.

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The Mayor, the Teacher and a Fight over a ‘Lost Territory’ of France

A battle erupted after a high-school teacher said that Islamists had taken over the city of Trappes, a view vigorously countered by the mayor, sharpening a national debate over French identity.

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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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Building a Mosque in France, Never Easy, May Get Even Harder

The country’s principle of secularism has long disadvantaged Muslim communities, experts say, and President Emmanuel Macron’s new law against Islamism could deepen the disparities.

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Republicans Have an Ambitious Agenda for the Supreme Court

Why the G.O.P. doesn’t need to try to pass mostly unpopular policies through the elected branches.

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Heating Up Culture Wars, France to Scour Universities for Ideas That ‘Corrupt Society’

The government announced an investigation into social science research, broadening attacks on what it sees as destabilizing American influences.

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French National Assembly Backs Law to Combat Islamist Extremism

The bill faced hundreds of amendments but passed comfortably, despite opposition from left and right. It now goes to the Senate for final approval.

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France, Islam and ‘Laïcité’

After the beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb, the debate over the relationship between government and religion is raging again.

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Fear Spreads in Minnesota Town as ‘Extremist Group’ Moves to Open Church

Many residents of Murdock, Minn., said they were horrified that an organization condemned by watchdogs as a white supremacist hate group would open a church. City leaders said they had little choice but to grant a permit.

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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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Macron, Once a Darling of Liberals, Shows a New Face as Elections Near

A centrist straddling France’s traditional political divide, President Emmanuel Macron now chases voters on the right and has alienated some supporters and members of his own party.

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France Takes On Islamist Extremism With New Bill

The French government says draft legislation aimed at combating the extremist ideology that has taken many lives on French soil in recent years is a “law of freedom” necessary for peaceful coexistence.

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Responding to Terrorism in France

President Emmanuel Macron and others there have been angered by outside criticism.

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Cuomo Attacks Supreme Court’s Emboldened Majority Over Virus Ruling

“You have a different court, and I think that was the statement the court was making,” the governor said after a 5-4 decision barring restrictions on religious services.

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Macron’s Rightward Tilt in France Sows Wider Alarm

One bill would reach into Muslim life, and another would place new restrictions on filming of police. Critics say they’re part of a drift toward repressive government policies.

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France’s Dragnet for Extremists Sweeps Up Some Schoolchildren, Too

When France held a tribute to a teacher killed after a class on freedom of expression, the police interrogated at least 14 students over comments flagged as inappropriate.

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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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The President vs. the American Media

After terrorist attacks, France’s leader accuses the English-language media of “legitimizing this violence.”

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A Way for the Supreme Court to Protect Religious Minorities

The justices have an opportunity to overturn a precedent that has hurt Americans’ First Amendment rights.

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Is France Fueling Muslim Terrorism by Trying to Prevent It?

Emmanuel Macron’s government may unwittingly be breeding the kind of communalism it wants to ward off.

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A Teacher, His Killer and the Failure of French Integration

For generations, public schools assimilated immigrant children into French society by instilling the nation’s ideals. The beheading of a teacher has raised doubts about whether that model still works.

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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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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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The Right’s Relentless Supreme Court Justice Picking Machine

Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination is the fruit of decades of activity by a tightly organized network.

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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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Erdogan Reopens Turkey’s Hagia Sophia as a Mosque

The Muslim faithful celebrated the decision by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, even as it generated dismay among Christians and architectural conservators.

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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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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.

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Job Bias Laws Do Not Protect Teachers in Catholic Schools, Supreme Court Rules

The case was the court’s latest consideration of the relationship between the government and religion.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Limits on State Aid to Religious Schools

The case was the court’s latest on whether the Constitution allows the states to exclude religious groups from government programs.

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Pompeo’s Human Rights Panel Could Hurt L.G.B.T. and Women’s Rights, Critics Say

Human rights observers warn the document could be a tool to advance Mr. Pompeo’s religious beliefs and political aspirations, and not women’s and L.G.B.T.Q. rights.

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The Walls of the Church Couldn’t Keep the Trump Era Out

The young pastor wasn’t sure his congregation would like what he had to say and had no idea where it would lead all of them. He found himself at a crossroads of God, Alabama and Donald Trump.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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