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Earl Gregg Swem Library

2016 Hate Crime Statistics

Categories: African Americans,Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Disability,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Statistics

https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2016

Contains details of 5% rise in hate crimes during 2016 compared to the previous year.  Most attacks were directed against Blacks, Jews, Muslims, and LGBT people.  Covers information about the crimes, victims, offenders, and locations.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1001891/download?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Controversial policy statement offering guidance for federal agencies from the Attorney General on interpreting religious liberty protections in federal law.  Offers 20 principles including “the freedom of religion extends to persons and organizations”, and “includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs.”  From the Justice Department

 

Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act

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

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-21851.pdf

Interim final regulations involving contraception coverage requirements which would expand the number and type of organizations that can claim religious objections to providing women with contraceptive coverage as part of their health insurance plans.  From the Federal Register and the Health and Human Services Department

 

International Religious Freedom Report for 2016

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

https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/#wrapper

Annual report on the U.S. view of religious freedom in the world and which countries have been responsible for violations of religious freedom.  Separate sections for each country, its religious traditions, and the status of government and societal respect for religious freedom.  From the State Department

 

Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2015

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

https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/hcv0415.pdf

Covers the perceived motive for the hate crime, evidence that the crime was motivated by bias, demographic characteristics of victims and offenders, and crimes reported and not reported to police.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer

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

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-577_khlp.pdf

7-2 Supreme Court ruling that churches cannot be excluded from government programs with a secular purpose.  The case involved a Missouri church that wanted to qualify for a state government grant program for upgrading school playgrounds.  From the U.S. Supreme Court

 

Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Presidency,Religion/Ethics

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/04/presidential-executive-order-promoting-free-speech-and-religious-liberty

Controversial presidential directive that executive agencies should not interfere in the exercise of political activity by religious organizations by such means as denying tax deductions or objecting to conscience-based opposition to preventive-care mandates.  From the White House

 

Transition Guide

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Presidency,Religion/Ethics

https://www.oge.gov/Web/OGE.nsf/0/38CB66164D55ADD58525801B00591FFA/$FILE/Transition%20Guide%20Print%20Version.pdf

Offers guidance in the process of setting up the new presidential administration.  Sections on presidential nominees, establishing procedures, ethics in the new administration, and a list of resources.  From the Office of Government Ethics

 

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