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13 Feb
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GOP EDUCATION BILL WOULD RADICALLY REWRITE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND LICENSE VIRTUALLY ANY FORM OF DISCRIMINATION

In short, the bill, which goes under the name of the “Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act,” or “PROSPER Act,” seeks to enact a particular, and historically peculiar, conception of religious freedom that has in recent decades become ...

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13 Feb
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Tennessee GOP Unleashes Attack on “Radical Atheist” Running for State Senate

In 2016, Gayle Jordan ran for the Tennessee State Senate in District 14, just south of Nashville. This was a deeply red district, so it wasn’t surprising that Jordan didn’t even come close. She lost by a 50-point margin. That said, it was ...

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13 Feb
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The Government Gets Into the Church-Rebuilding Business

Tucked among the provisions in the budget bill passed by Congress on Friday are new rules about how FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, works with houses of worship. According to the new law, religious nonprofits can’t be excluded from disaster aid ...

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13 Feb
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LGBTQ EQUALITY PENDULUM “ABRUPTLY” SWINGING BACK AS RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS GAIN VICTORIES

As the U.S. Supreme Court continues to mull the arguments of a baker who on religious grounds refused to design a custom cake for a same-sex wedding, two cases elsewhere this week suggested that however the high court rules, religious exemptions will ...

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13 Feb
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Magistrate Who Refused to Perform Gay Marriages Wins $325,000 Settlement

The state of North Carolina has agreed to pay a settlement of at least $325,000 to a magistrate who was forced to resign after she refused to perform same-sex marriages. Gayle Myrick, the Kim Davis of the North Carolina court system, didn’t ...

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13 Feb
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Massachusetts bill would bar companies from citing religious exemptions

Lawmakers are weighing a bill aimed at preventing corporations from being able to claim religious exemptions from state anti-discrimination laws for conduct that occurs in Massachusetts. The bill is in part a reaction to the 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision ...

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13 Feb
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Podcast Ep. 203: Sarah Levin of the Secular Coalition for America

In our latest podcast, I spoke with Sarah Levin of the Secular Coalition for America. Levin is the Director of Grassroots and Community Programs at the Secular Coalition for America. She has served in various roles at the Secular Coalition since 2013, including as ...

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13 Feb
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Trump Signs Budget Deal Giving Taxpayer Money To Churches

Unconstitutional: Trump signs new budget deal giving taxpayer money to churches in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. In disastrous news for those who respect the U.S. Constitution and the secular values upon which this nation was founded, President Donald ...

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