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Burton: Democratic candidates are hiring faith outreach directors

Columnist Tara Isabella Burton writes that Democratic Presidential Candidates are hiring faith outreach and engagement staff, highlighting efforts to court the “religious left.” “By appealing to people of faith — especially faithful people of color, members of historically black Protestant denominations and Hispanic Catholics, both of whom have voted in lower proportions than white evangelicals …

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Wexler: 6 things I wish people understood about atheism in America

In an attempt to shine light on the atheist community in America, Boston University Law Professor Jay Wexler took to Vox to share his experience of growing up as an atheist. “Although I have an affinity for Asian religions like Buddhism and Taoism and even have a master’s degree in religious studies from a divinity …

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Supreme Court rejects case to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from US currency

The Supreme Court rejected an atheist case Monday to remove “In God We Trust,” the national motto, from all coins and currency from the Department of Treasury. Michael Newdow, the same activist attorney who tried to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, lost his case, arguing Congress’ mandate to inscribe “In God We …

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Atheist nurse’s fight against mandatory AA will go before B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

A B.C. nurse who lost his job when he refused to attend a 12-step program for addiction will get a chance to argue he was discriminated against as an atheist. Byron Wood contends Alcoholics Anonymous’s emphasis on placing your life in the hands of a higher power simply won’t work for someone who doesn’t hold …

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Report: Vaccine exemption rate at some Oklahoma schools tops 20%

Almost 1,200 kindergartners in Oklahoma declined one or more mandated immunizations during the 2017-18 school year with exemption rates at some schools surpassing 20%, according to a state Health Department survey. Figures obtained by the Tulsa World from the state Department of Health indicates around 90% of kindergartners have gotten their up-to-date vaccinations, although inoculation …

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ACA Litigation Round-Up: Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

Litigation continues over the Trump administration’s rules on religious and moral objections to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) contraceptive mandate. The final rules were set to go into effect in January 2019 until they were enjoined by federal district court judges in California and Pennsylvania. These lawsuits are continuing at both the district court and …

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Anti-Choice Clinic Network Sues Because It Has to Use Title X Funds for Abortion Referrals

Obria Group, a network of anti-choice clinics, is suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) because the organization is required—for now—to provide abortion referrals with the Title X funding it received. The Trump administration hopes to ban abortion referrals at clinics that receive Title X funding and force providers to physically and …

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Equality Act vote again pits Catholic nuns against bishops

Last week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, known as the Equality Act, which would strengthen bans on discrimination against LGBTQ persons by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of “sex” in federal civil rights laws. The measure got the support of NETWORK, a social justice lobby led by Catholic nuns, …

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Trump takes war on abortion worldwide as policy cuts off funds

The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organisation or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it. The Mexico City policy, dubbed the “global gag” by its critics, denies US federal funds to any organisation involved in providing abortion services …

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