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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

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

http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/ARAB_MUSLIM_9-30-14.pdf

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43654.pdf

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

 

Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines and Training Manual

Categories: Arab,Crime/Justice,Disability,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime-data-collection-guidelines-and-training-manual.pdf

The updated manual adds material on self-identified religions in the U.S. and an anti-Arab motivation for hate crimes.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States

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

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/post-pn-489.pdf

Discusses the medical, legal, and ethical challenges associated with the care of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Islamic Law, Customary Law, and Afghan Informal Justice

Categories: Afghanistan,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Women

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR363-Islamic-Law-CustomaryLaw-and-Afghan-Informal-Justice.pdf

Examines the points of tension and agreement between Islamic law and customary tribal laws to suggest a way forward for Afghanistan, particularly in granting greater rights to women.

From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Perspectives on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) “Torture Report” and Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: In Brief

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/R43906.pdf

Discusses views expressed by public officials, academics, and commentators in a variety of sources on the questions of whether enhanced interrogation amounted to torture, whether it was counter to American values/morals, and whether it was effective.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Remarks by the President at National Prayer Breakfast

Categories: Headlines,History,Presidency,Religion/Ethics

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/05/remarks-president-national-prayer-breakfast

Speech by President Obama which became controversial because of his remarks about religion, Jim Crow, and slavery.  From the White House

 

Religion and Conflict in Nigeria: Countdown to the 2015 Elections

Categories: Africa,Conflict Resolution,Elections/Campaigns,Religion/Ethics

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR359-Religion-and-Conflict-in-Nigeria.pdf

Assesses the ethno-regional basis of the country’s two national political parties and raises questions about the relationship of religious identity—the country is evenly split between Muslims and Christians–and internal conflict. From the United States Institute of Peace

 

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