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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results from the 2013-14 Private School Universe Survey: First Look

Categories: Children,Education,Religion/Ethics,Statistics,Youth

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016243.pdf

Covers school size, level, religious orientation, association membership, geographic region, and program emphasis.  Approximately 70% of the 33,619 private schools had a religious orientation.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Homeschooling in the United States: 2012

Categories: Children,Education,Mathematics,Religion/Ethics,Statistics,Youth

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016096.pdf

Provides estimates of the number and percentages of homeschooled students in the U.S. in 2012 and compares the results with 1999, 2003, and 2007 estimates.  Also presents demographic characteristics of such students, reasons given by parents for choosing homeschooling, parent reports on curriculum sources, and math/science subjects. From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

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