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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Text of Address to United States Congress by Pope Francis

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

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

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


Encyclical Letter Laudato Si of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

The English text of the encyclical from the Pope on global warming and the destruction of the human environment.  From the Vatican


EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

Supreme Court decision in favor of a Muslim woman who was denied employment in a case involving store dress codes and religious accommodations involving head scarves.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Libyan Television and Its Influence on the Security Sector

Categories: Africa,Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Libya,Religion/Ethics

Examines the extent to which polarization in the media reinforces polarization in the security sector in Libya.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Advance Directives: Information on Federal Oversight, Provider Implementation, and Prevalence

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Religion/Ethics

Examines how the federal government oversees the use of patient advance directives by providers of patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid as required by the Patient Self Determination Act, what is known about the approaches used and challenges encountered, and what is known about the prevalence of advance directives and variations by provider types and patient demographics.  From the Government Accountability Office


Federal Civil Rights Engagement with Arab and Muslim American Communities Post 9/11

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

Examines the methods, goals, and effectiveness of the federal government’s engagement with Arab and Muslim-American individuals and communities.  Focuses on actions taken to prevent violations of civil rights  laws against these individuals and communities and allegations of stereotyping and profiling.  From the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights


Free Exercise of Religion by Closely Held Corporations: Implications of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

Analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision that corporations owned and controlled by a single family could not be required to provide their employees with contraceptive coverage under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Also examines potential legislative responses and the decision’s effect on employer requirements to offer contraceptive coverage in group health plans.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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