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Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores

Categories: Business/Economics,Headlines,Health Insurance,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/13-354.pdf

5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that some corporations may refuse to offer insurance coverage of some services if they conflict with the owner’s religious beliefs.   From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Institutions: A Constitutional Analysis

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43188.pdf

Examines the balancing act between respecting freedom of religious expression and not endorsing an official religion, especially as such concerns relate to school or legislative prayers.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Laws Criminalizing Apostasy in Selected Jurisdictions

Categories: Africa,Asia,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/apostasy/apostasy.pdf

Surveys the apostasy laws in 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia.  From the Law Library of Congress

 

Formative Evaluation of Job Clubs Operated by Faith- and Community-Based Organizations: Findings from Site Visits and Options for Future Evaluation: Final Report

Categories: Labor/Employment,Religion/Ethics

http://www.dol.gov/asp/evaluation/reports/Job_Clubs_Evaluation-Final_Report-May.pdf

Examines the nature and operation of job clubs run by religious and community based organizations and how such groups differ from public workforce agencies.  From the U.S. Department of Labor

 

Town of Greece v. Galloway

Categories: Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/12-696

5-4 Supreme Court decision that legislative bodies may begin their meetings with prayers without violating the constitutional prohibition against an establishment of religion, even if the prayers are predominantly of one religion.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Section 847 Ethics Requirements for Senior Defense Officials Seeking Employment with Defense Contractors

Categories: Defense/Military,Labor/Employment,Religion/Ethics

http://www.dodig.mil/pubs/documents/DODIG-2014-050.pdf

Finds that the Department of Defense has failed to comply with requirements of a 2008 law that called for monitoring and record keeping of DOD officials who move through the revolving door to employment with private sector defense contractors.  Offers recommendations for improvement.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense

 

Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2012, Statistical Tables

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Disability,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Statistics

http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/hcv0412st.pdf

Provides statistics on 293,000 nonfatal violent and property hate crime victimizations in the U.S. in 2012.  Tables also show changes in the number and rate of hate crime occurrences since 2003. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Concluding Observations on the Report Submitted by the Holy See … on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,United Nations

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CRC-OP-SC/Shared%20Documents/VAT/CRC_C_OPSC_VAT_CO_1_16307_E.pdf

Criticizes the Catholic Church for greater concern about protecting the reputation of the church than protecting children from sexual abuse by some clergy.  Also objects to church teachings on abortion, gender equity, and homosexuality and refusal to open records to investigators. From the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

 

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