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Archive for the ‘Religion and Health’ Category.

 

The Religious Objection to COVID-19 Vaccinations Explained

More and more states are permitting religious objection to vaccination as vaccination has become politicized in the Covid era.

December 22nd, 2023

Many people in the United States have claimed that they have a religious objection to the Covid-19 vaccine. What exactly does this mean? How can someone object to a vaccine on religious grounds, and what is the connection between an mRNA vaccine and the Christian faith? For those unfamiliar with this debate, the subject can Read More


Biden Administration Stops Pushing Gender Transition Care Mandate

One of the most contentious issues today is whether religious medical professionals should be forced to provide gender transition care.

July 12th, 2023

The intersection of medical care and religious care has always been somewhat contentious. However, the medical world has a long history of involvement with various religions. The Knights Hospitallers gained fame during the medieval period for building hospitals throughout the known world while also participating in religious and military crusades. Nuns and other religious organizations Read More


Do Churches Need Armed Pastors? What the Recent Lawsuits are Saying

Some concerned churchgoers believe that armed pastors are necessary to defend churches against shooters in this age of mass shootings.

January 17th, 2023

Some say that an armed society is a polite society. Others say that the only people who should have guns are the police. These divisions are equally pronounced in the religious community, as some believe that armed pastors are necessary in this day and age in order to defend churches against shooters. But what kind Read More


Refusing the Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate Due to Religious Reasons: Was Anyone Successful?

How did religious exemptions from the vaccination mandate hold up in court nearly two years after the vaccination rollout?

January 13th, 2023

When the vaccine mandates first rolled out, you may have heard vague rumors about religious exemptions. This always seemed like a distant possibility for most, and the general assumption was that if you petitioned to escape the vaccination mandate due to your religious beliefs, you would be denied. This is certainly what many people experienced, Read More


Lawsuit Emerges Over Ohio Medical Conscience Clause Allowing Denial of Treatment to LGBTQ+ Individuals

One of the most contentious issues today is whether religious medical professionals should be forced to provide gender transition care.

October 4th, 2022

A recent lawsuit claims that the “medical conscience clause” in an over $70 billion budget bill goes against the terms of the single-subject requirement found in Ohio’s Constitution. This clause lets medical professionals decline to provide services to individuals based on their religious, ethical, or moral beliefs. Ohio’s single-subject regulations prohibit legislatures from placing policies in bills Read More


State Regulation Eliminating Religious Exemptions Upheld by Court

More and more states are permitting religious objection to vaccination as vaccination has become politicized in the Covid era.

March 16th, 2022

A court recently ruled in favor of a state regulation that removes religious exemptions for students of both private and public schools when it comes to state vaccine requirements involving communicable diseases like COVID-19. The New Regulation on Religious Exemptions The new regulation requires immunizations for all children before school enrollment. Before 2021, students could Read More


Vaccine Policy Blocked Due to Religious Objections

How did religious exemptions from the vaccination mandate hold up in court nearly two years after the vaccination rollout?

February 11th, 2022

A judge for a Texas federal court in January, 2022, ruled against a vaccine policy for military members. The judge’s ruling focuses on how the Navy’s regulations address those who seek an exemption on religious grounds from the vaccine mandate. This case highlights religious rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccine Policy Targeted Read More


Maine Vaccine Requirement Allowed to Stand by a Divided U.S. Supreme Court

More and more states are permitting religious objection to vaccination as vaccination has become politicized in the Covid era.

December 10th, 2021

Lawsuits were first initiated in August against Maine’s Governor, Health and Human Service Commissioner, and Maine CDC Director over their COVID-19 vaccine requirement for healthcare workers. On two occasions, lower federal courts rejected these challenges and agreed with Maine’s mandate. Consequently, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene, the state mandate is now in Read More


Federal Court Issues Decision on Vaccine Mandate

How did religious exemptions from the vaccination mandate hold up in court nearly two years after the vaccination rollout?

November 12th, 2021

A federal appellate court recently issued a decision in favor of Western Michigan University athletes. This decision means the athletes will be able to play sports without obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine. The University had issued a vaccine mandate for student athletes, but did not mandate them for all students. How the Lawsuit Arose The original Read More


Siblings Banned From High School After Not Wearing Masks Due to Religious Reasons

The intersection between religion and education has always been a tricky subject in U.S. schools as evidenced by recent developments.

November 2nd, 2021

A brother and sister in California were recently banned from high school after they refused to wear masks on the first day of school. The father of the siblings reported that the children were told to leave Charter Schools Temecula Student Center and not come back regardless of whether or not they were wearing masks. Read More