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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Social Media and Political Activities: Guidance for Members of the Armed Forces

Categories: Defense/Military,Elections/Campaigns,Religion/Ethics

Brief treatment of what active duty military members may and may not do in the political arena.  From the Defense Department


Administration Takes Steps to Ensure Women’s Continued Access to Contraception Coverage, While Respecting Religious-based Objections

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

Press release explaining proposed revision to regulations relating to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act to relieve nonprofit organizations and closely held corporations with religious objections from being required to fund such coverage for employees.  From the Department of Health and Human Services


International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Statistics

Annual report about religious persecution in the world.  Finds that 2013 witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory.  From the State Department


Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores

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

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

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

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

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

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


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