Author Archives: Casey

18 Jan
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Trump Administration Empowers Health Care Workers To Prescribe Religion To Patients

The Secular Coalition for America released a statement today in response to the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. According to its new web page, ...

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16 Jan
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A Catholic and an atheist walk into a bar…

It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke but it’s actually the beginning of a powerful defense of religious freedom. In honor of Religious Freedom Day, we partnered with our friends at Catholics for Choice to publish an article ...

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12 Jan
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Iowa Legislator Compares Atheist’s Invocation Request to Supporting Abortion

The Friendly Atheist blog reports that Iowa State Senator Craig Johnson refused to let an atheist constituent give a secular invocation. According to emails from Senator Johnson, giving an atheist constituent the opportunity to speak would be betraying his religious beliefs ...

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09 Jan
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Can you be good without God? Boy Scouts face the question

In 2013: The Boy Scouts end their ban on gay members. In 2015: The Boy Scouts allow gay members to become scout leaders. In 2017: The Boy Scouts end their ban on trans members. All of this progress is encouraging ...

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28 Dec
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Black Secular Teen Activists: Unchurched and “Un-bossed”

The nonreligious are a large, growing, and diverse constituency. As a community unified by a lack of faith and our shared secular values, secular Americans come from a wide variety of backgrounds. This diversity is a source of strength for ...

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27 Dec
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North Carolina’s big school voucher problem

North Carolina’s voucher program is sending more than $40 million of taxpayer money to private religious schools. Now, some North Carolina residents are worried about how the program is sending public money to schools that can discriminate against students. Salon ...

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26 Dec
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Allow modern medicine to relieve agonizing end-of-life experiences

In 44 states, terminally-ill patients still don’t have the right to end their lives peacefully and painlessly on their own terms. The Hill has an article explaining why:  “Why are some members of Congress and state legislators trying to deny ...

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20 Dec
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Florida attorney general candidate proposes anti-LGBTQ ‘license to discriminate’

A Florida State Representative has proposed legislation that would turn religious belief into a sweeping license to discriminate. Think Progress explains: “House Bill 871 is modeled after the First Amendment Defense Act introduced in Congress. It prohibits the government from taking any ...

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18 Dec
0

Catholic Health Giant Merger Could Threaten Reproductive Health

Catholic hospitals, which account for one in six acute-care beds nationwide, follow directives from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which restrict access to gender-affirming care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, and end-of-life options. Now, a merger between two of the largest ...

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08 Dec
0

Voucher Schools Championed By Betsy DeVos Can Teach Whatever They Want. Turns Out They Teach Lies.

The Huffington Post has a great in-depth look at how school voucher programs funnel money from inclusive public schools to private religious schools: These schools are among thousands in the United States that participate in private school choice programs, which most ...

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