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July 29, 1990
In the state of California and in most of the other states, a woman has a right to an abortion. Lawyers must know what the law is and must let their alleged intellect dominate any religious beliefs. Rose Cumare should immediately resign from the legal profession and not just from the bar association. She, and other women lawyers with similar 15th-Century beliefs, should retire to a nunnery and their male counterparts to a monastery. GERALD WINSTON Marina del Rey
March 24, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A challenge to part of President Obama's healthcare law that hits the Supreme Court on Tuesday could lead to one of the most significant religious freedom rulings in the high court's history. Four years ago, in their controversial Citizens United decision, the justices ruled that corporations had full free-speech rights in election campaigns. Now, they're being asked to decide whether for-profit companies are entitled to religious liberties. At issue in Tuesday's oral argument before the court is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide workers a health plan that covers the full range of contraceptives, including morning-after pills and intrauterine devices, or IUDs.
June 17, 2012
Is religious freedom suddenly under attack in America? That's what the nation's Roman Catholic bishops and some non-Catholic allies would have you believe. But reports of the demise of this fundamental liberty are greatly exaggerated. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishopshas designated June 21 to July 4 as a "fortnight for freedom. " During those two weeks, the church will trumpet its already well-known opposition to an Obama administration regulation that private health insurance plans include contraception services.
July 24, 1992
Neuhaus would have us believe there is something un-American about keeping private one's own religious beliefs and practices. Nothing could be further from the truth. By asserting that the Supreme Court's recent decision in Lee vs. Weisman is "anti-democratic," Neuhaus seems oblivious to the fact that the United States is a constitutional democracy. The genius of the First Amendment is precisely that it imposes a powerful check upon unbridled majoritarianism. The very essence of our nation's unique contribution to civilization is that "the great majority of Americans" cannot ride roughshod over the rights of racial, ethnic, political, religious or other minorities.
January 15, 2000 | Religion News Service
A North Carolina high school teacher is fighting her suspension after telling administrators that she practices a pagan religion associated with witchcraft. Shari Eicher, who teaches 11th-grade English at Scotland High School in Laurinburg, said she was escorted off campus by officials of the school and suspended with pay indefinitely Monday because of her religious beliefs.
July 22, 1986 | United Press International
A lawyer for Tennessee school officials said Monday that some people's religious beliefs are so "sweeping" that the only place for their children to be taught is at home or in private religious schools. Timothy Dyk told U.S. District Judge Thomas Hull that a suit by fundamentalist parents challenging the 1983 Holt Basic Readers as "anti-Christian" had far greater ramifications. "This is a case about a whole curriculum," Dyk said.
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