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Final Rule Extends New Religious Liberty Protections to Beneficiaries of Federally-funded Social Service Programs

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/03/31/final-rule-extends-new-religious-liberty-protections-beneficiaries-federally-funded-social-service.html

Agency press release that summarizes and explains the final regulation that provides religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federally-funded social service programs while also clarifying the ability of religious providers to compete for government funds for service programs.  From the Department of Health and Human Services

 

Federal Agency Final Regulations Implementing Executive Order 13559: Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/04/2016-07339/fundamental-principles-and-policymaking-criteria-for-partnerships-with-faith-based-and-other

Text of final regulations from a series of federal agencies relating to religion and government programs.  The regulations provide religious liberty protections for beneficiaries of federal social service programs and clarify eligibility of faith-based organizations to participate in social service programs.  Also clarifies the types of activities that can and cannot be supported with direct federal financial assistance.  From the Department of Health and Human Services and other departments

 

Atrocities Prevention Report

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/254807.htm

Describes targeting of and attacks against civilians, including members of religious and ethnic groups, in the Middle East and Burma. Includes specific discussion of actions in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Burma, and U.S. government responses. From the State Department

 

Final Report of the Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government

Categories: Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Virginia Issues

http://governor.virginia.gov/media/5103/integrity-commission-final-report-dec-2015.pdf

Reviews recommendations by the commission in its first year and their fate in the legislature, then offers second year recommendations covering personal use of campaign funds, special session fundraising, legislator compensation, judicial selection, and budget cycle realignment among others. From the Commission

 

Automation in Military Operations

Categories: Defense/Military,Great Britain,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0511/POST-PN-0511.pdf

Examines current and future military applications of automation such as drones and considers associated legal, ethical, and societal issues. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

International Religious Freedom Report for 2014

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

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/index.htm#wrapper

Features reports on almost 200 countries and territories with main attention given to violations of religious freedom by nonstate actors such as ISIL. From the State Department

 

Text of Address to United States Congress by Pope Francis

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

http://www.scribd.com/doc/282892779/Text-of-Address-to-United-States-Congress-by-Address-By-Pope-Francis-Of-The-Holy-See

Text of Pope’s address to Congress on Thursday, September 24, 2015. From Scribd and the Government Publishing Office’s FDsys.

 

Regulation of Synthetic Biology

Categories: Health/Medical,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0497/POST-PN-0497.pdf

Examines the potential benefits and challenges, including social and ethical issues, involved with the design and engineering of novel biologically-based parts, devices, and systems.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

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