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The Satanic Temple: New Texas Regulations Regarding Fetal Remains Violate Members’ Religious Freedom

This week, Texas passed controversial new rules regarding the disposal of aborted fetal remains; according to The Satanic Temple, the requirements violate the religious freedom of the group’s members. The new Texas rules (not laws, mind...Show More Summary

Anti-Gay GOP Rep. Says Trump Team Gave Him ‘Assurances’ About ‘Religious Freedom’ Protections

8 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Republican Rep. Steve Russell says he has received private assurances from Trump’s team that federal contractors will be granted “religious freedom” protections that would likely enable them to discriminate against workers on the ba… Read The post Anti-Gay GOP Rep. Says Trump Team Gave Him ‘Assurances’ About ‘Religious Freedom’ Protections appeared first on Towleroad.

Satanic Temple Says Texas's New Rules on Fetal Burial Violate Their Religious Freedom

In December, Texas will impose new rules requiring all fetal remains to be buried or cremated, a sneaky way to impede abortion access and make patients feel just a little worse, all at the same time. The Satanic Temple, the nation’s best and foremost trolls, declared today that under federal religious freedom laws,… Read more...

Polish lawmakers approve change to freedom of assembly

Polish lawmakers on Friday voted to amend the freedom of assembly law to give preference to rallies organised by religious and state institutions over citizen initiatives, sparking human rights concerns at home and abroad. The conservative...Show More Summary

GOP Rep: Trump’s Team Has Assured Me He’ll Allow Christian Contractors To Discriminate Against LGBTs

10 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Buzzfeed reports: Rep. Steve Russell was disappointed that his religious freedom amendment was stripped from a federal defense-spending bill the House passed on Friday. But the Oklahoma Republican is encouraged he will prevail in the...Show More Summary

Crucial religious freedom case arrives to Supreme Court

A loss of Scalia’s conservative anchor would open the door for our nation’s highest court to turn completely into a group of black-robed Hollywood scriptwriters. Among the factors that drove the electoral victory of Donald Trump was his very strong support from evangelical Christians. Trump won the white evangelical vote 81 percent to 16 percent. […]

Dems Choose Status Quo as Pelosi Remains Minority Leader

Rep. Nancy Pelosi successfully thwarted an attempt by Rep. Tim Ryan to unseat her as House Minority Leader. Ryan had been urging Democrats to go in a new direction. When it comes to life, religious freedom and family values, Pelosi remains the poster child for the progressive push in Congress. Show More Summary

ATL business group pledges to fight anti-gay bills

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Project Q

The Metro Atlanta Chamber ­– a business group influential in fighting anti-gay “religious freedom” legislation – offered a bit of advice to Georgia lawmakers: Don’t even bother with it in 2017.

On Wednesday’s Radio Show…

Ambassador At Large David Saperstein will explain how the Obama administration had contributed to religious freedom around the world. Former Colorado State Senator Polly Baca  will talk about why she’s not voting for President-Elect Trump when the Electoral College meets next month.

Donald Trump's Religious Bigotry Isn't New, But It's Still Dangerous

A disloyal religion. A religion that mandates violence. A religion incompatible with freedom. A religion intent on overthrowing the government. A religion that's not a religion but a political movement. Such smears were used for years in American politics to attack Roman Catholics, and Catholic immigrants in particular. Show More Summary

Man accused of tax evasion says Indiana's religious freedom law exempts him from paying

last weekReligion / Islam : On Faith

Rodney Tyms-Bey claims that paying taxes imposes a burden on his religious beliefs. He is not the first to use the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a defense.

TAKE ACTION: Ask Your Lawmaker to Support Religious Freedom

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is still being debated in the U.S. Senate and House. Even though the House version has already passed, lawmakers are considering stripping out language that provides religious freedom protections for chaplains and other people of faith who serve our country. Show More Summary

Georgia GOP plots anti-LGBT legislative assault

last weekLGBT / Gay : Project Q

Republican lawmakers in Georgia are itching for another fight over anti-gay 'religious freedom' legislation and are now exploring breaking their bigotry into bite-size pieces and passing several bills.

Religious Discrimination Measure Defeated In Pasco, Washington

A so-called religious freedom law that would have allowed business owners to use their faith as justification to discriminate against customers has been defeated in Pasco, Washington.

Time to revisit the GOP's latest 'religious freedom' law targeting women and LGBTQ Americans

The First Amendment Defense Act has been hanging around for a while but it's time to give it another look since it will almost surely make it on to next year's congressional agenda. It’s written to be used broadly by people to discriminate...Show More Summary

AG Pick Jeff Sessions Got a Zero on HRC's Scorecard

Sessions voted against expanding hate-crimes law to cover anti-LGBT attacks, opposes marriage equality, and wants to sanction discrimination in the name of "religious freedom."

INDIANA: Haters Win First Battle To Overturn Local LGBT Rights Ordinances And Legalize Discrimination

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

The Indianapolis Star reports: Conservatives overcame the first hurdle in their lawsuit that aims to overturn the “fix” to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and four city ordinances that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. Show More Summary

Religious Freedom in New Jersey

One of the fundamental tenets of the U.S. Constitution is the Separation of Church and State. It’s a porous wall, with the courts deciding that some activities where church and state both have stakes are allowable. Often the courts decide...Read more

Is Donald Trump the E-Savior Vapemericans Have Been Waiting For?

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Following last week’s election, many watched with trepidation to see if President-elect Donald Trump planned to make good on his campaign threats to religious liberty, women’s rights and freedom of speech (among other things). One proud vaping advocate, however, had a far different reaction: Cautious optimism. Read more...

TAKE ACTION: Urge President Obama to Uphold Religious Freedom

With just a few more weeks left in office, President Obama is vowing to veto a bill that would protect the religious freedoms of those who contract with the federal government. Each year, the senate considers the renewal of the National Defense Authorization Act. Show More Summary

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