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Posts tagged ‘religious law’

 

Burkini Debates in France: Why a Woman’s Choice of Swimsuit Matters

A muslim woman wearing a hijab.

October 9th, 2016

A “burkini” is a combination of the words “bikini” and “burqa.” While most of us have a very clear understanding of what a bikini is, a burqa is something much different. A burqa is a robe-like garment that some Muslim women wear over their day-to-day clothes. The burqa completely covers the woman, except for her Read More


Is Refusing Medical Care for Your Child a Religious Freedom?

a doctor

May 27th, 2016

Just recently, Mariah Walton publicly exclaimed that she plans to prosecute her parents for failing to seek medical care for her when she was a minor. Mariah, now 20, has pulmonary hypertension, and must carry an oxygen tank around with her (when she is not bedridden) so that she can breathe. Mariah alleges that her Read More


Worldly Perspective: Religion and the Constitution

Globe

May 13th, 2016

There has been much attention drawn over the past year to the religious freedom bills being presented by legislatures across the states. Some have been passed, some have failed, and some have reached a state’s highest executive officer only to be vetoed. Proponents of these laws argue that they are designed to ensure that the Read More


Rise in Faith? Mississippi Religious Law Spurns LGBT, While Promoting One Religion

LGBT rainbow flag

May 11th, 2016

Some argue that Mississippi has long been known as one of the most conservative in the nation, with its people and legislature thumbing their noses at many of the federal government’s social reform efforts throughout the course of post-Civil War history. Others claim that the state is merely holding true to its roots and ensuring Read More


Constitutional Prohibitions: Religious Tests

religious tests

February 2nd, 2016

The United States has a complicated history when it comes to religion, despite its founders having strong ties to the religions of their forefathers.  When the first settlers came to what is now known as New England, they did so in part in an attempt to be free from religious persecution.  The Puritans, Huguenots, Mennonites, Read More


If You Build It: Battle Between Kentucky and Noah’s Ark Builder Continues

December 19th, 2015

In a lawsuit that was filed over the summer, a religious group in Kentucky is claiming that the State owes it money that it had originally promised, but then rescinded. The questions that will be decided during the litigation will call into question one of the oldest disputes in our country’s history: Where is the Read More


North Dakota Abortion Law: Overturned

April 30th, 2014

North Dakota no longer has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States. In April, Federal Judge Daniel Hovland overturned a stringent anti-abortion measure signed last July by Republican Gov. Jack Darymple calling it “invalid and unconstitutional.” Reproductive rights groups cheered the ruling. The law had prohibited a North Dakota abortion after Read More


Religious Leaders, Universal Life Church Call For Tighter Gun Controls In Wake Of Colorado Shooting

Universal Life Church and gun control

July 20th, 2012

Many left-leaning religious leaders are already speaking out against the proliferation of guns in America following the violence that occurred in the early hours of the morning on Friday, July 20 in Aurora, Colorado when James Holmes, 24, walked into a movie theater there and opened fire. In the resulting chaos, 10 people – men, Read More


Is German Ban On Circumcision A Violation Of Religious Law?

Circumcision ban violation of religious law

June 26th, 2012

A district court in Cologne, Germany ruled today that parents should not have the legal privilege to have their sons circumcised on religious grounds. The basis for the ruling was that parents should not be able to subject their children to the “minor bodily harm” caused by the circumcision procedure, regardless of the privileges otherwise Read More