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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Conflict of Interest and “Ethics” Provisions That May Apply to the President

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Religion/Ethics

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/conflict.pdf

Briefly identifies those provisions of public law or regulation relating to conflicts of interest that may potentially apply to a president and those that do not apply to the president.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

FBI Releases 2015 Hate Crime Statistics

Categories: Crime/Justice,Disability,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Statistics

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-2015-hate-crime-statistics

Press release featuring highlights from 2015 report on hate crimes.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Hate Crime Statistics 2015

Categories: Crime/Justice,Disability,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Statistics

https://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2015

Offers information on the offenses, offenders, victims, and locations of hate crimes during 2015.  Includes offenses motivated by bias against race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.  Records a major increase in hate crimes against Muslims.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

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