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Trump admin files more briefs in religious liberty cases than Obama, Bush

A NBC News and Columbia Journalism Investigations review of dozens of court cases found that in its first two years the Trump administration’s Justice Department submitted more friend-of-the-court briefs in religious liberties cases than the Obama administration and the Bush administration during their first two years. It has also filed briefs at lower, trial court …

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Secret Video Shows Kentucky Biology Teacher Promoting Christianity to Students

A high school pre-AP Biology teacher in Kentucky has been accused of promoting Christianity in the classroom, and you don’t have to take my word for it, because there’s video evidence. Where there are apparently multiple instances of this happening, one particular incident was caught on tape. It began when the teacher showed this wordless …

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Leaked Air Force Legal Opinion Approves Religious Expression

In apparent defiance of its own regulations and the First Amendment, the judge advocate general (JAG) of the Air Force has issued an opinion approving religious expression during an official change of command ceremony. The opinion, which was leaked to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (and a copy of which was shared with this reporter), …

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Some anti-vaccination parents cite religious exemptions. Measles outbreaks could change that.

Recent measles outbreaks in states such as Washington, New York and New Jersey have cast a spotlight on a group of Americans who receive exemptions from immunizing their children on the grounds that the vaccines violate their religious freedoms. Now the states that suffered outbreaks are taking aim at those exemptions. In recent weeks, lawmakers …

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Christian tax preparer turns away lesbian couple on religious grounds

For four years, Bailey Brazzel says, she had employed the same tax preparer, Nancy Fivecoate of Carter Tax Service in Russiaville, Ind. Fivecoate prepared the taxes without issue each time — until this year, when Brazzel brought her new wife, Samantha. Fivecoate declined to serve the couple, citing her religious beliefs. This was the first …

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AZ Atheist Lawmaker Gives Invocation, Then Gets Mocked by Christian Colleague

In 2017, Arizona State Rep. Athena Salman, an openly atheist legislator, delivered an invocation to open up the day’s session. It was a perfectly respectful speech, referring to “the humanity that resides within each and every person here.” Yet it offended Republicans who insisted all invocations needed to invoke a “Higher Power.” One Republican was …

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Justices Let Alabama Execute Death Row Inmate Who Wanted Imam By His Side

Death Row inmate Domineque Ray hoped that when he took his final breath, he could find comfort in the presence of his Muslim spiritual adviser. But the Alabama prison where Ray was awaiting execution wouldn’t allow it. Prison officials would only allow their own Christian chaplain to offer the prisoner solace from inside the execution …

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Proposed Bill in New Mexico Would Grant Medical Licenses to Fake Doctors

A proposed bill in New Mexico would grant medical licenses to fake doctors.  SB 135, sponsored by Democratic State Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, would license naturopathic “doctors” to provide primary care to patients who may not realize they’re not seeing professionals who actually know what they’re doing. Unlike real doctors, who accept science, naturopaths promote …

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Idahoans pray ‘change will come’ with faith-healing exemptions

Last year, opponents of Idaho’s faith-healing exemptions marched to the Idaho Statehouse carrying 183 child-sized coffins, meant to represent the children who have reportedly died from medical neglect. This year, it was a smaller and more somber affair. Instead of marching en masse through downtown Boise, a few dozen people gathered in the rotunda of …

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