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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-111

Divided Supreme Court ruling that Colorado’s antidiscrimination laws violated a baker’s free exercise of religion.  Baker Jack Phillips, proprietor of the cakeshop, refused on religious grounds, to bake a cake for the wedding of a gay couple.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

International Religious Freedom Report for 2017

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

https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/index.htm

Annual report on how the U.S. views the performance of other countries in permitting freedom of religious practice.  Includes sections on government respect and societal respect for religious freedom. From the Department of State

 

A Report of Investigation of Certain Allegations Relating to Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Secrecy,Religion/Ethics

https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2018/o20180413.pdf

The report on the accuracy of statements made by McCabe to a Wall Street Journal reporter involving the disclosure of law enforcement sensitive information.  Concludes that some of McCabe’s disclosures to the press were in violation of the department’s media policy.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice

 

 

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

 

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