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PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday Nov 18

In today's Fiery Tuesday, we have a set of stories that touch on minority religious beliefs in North America: a Muslim prisoner's beard sparks a Supreme Court case; Canada to ban polygamy?; when is fortune-telling fraud?; welcoming Pele's lava; a Sikh sues to join US military -- with his beard intact.

Why should Pagans give a care about the Holt vs. Hayes Supreme Court case? This post lays out the important religious rights issues in the case.

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PaganNewsBeagle Fiery Tuesday Update

Two late-breaking stories of civil rights for minority (non)religions

An atheist will be offering a "non-theist" offering to open the City Council meeting in Greece, New York -- the town featured in the recent Supreme Court ruling. http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/atheist-open-ny-meeting-top-court-oked-prayers.

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You can read my post about being a Southern Witch on the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act here:  http://hecatedemeter.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/we-have-lost-the-south-for-a-generation-lyndon-johnson-fifty-years-ago-today-upon-signing-the-civil-rights-act/

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The #HobbyLobby Supreme Court case today is complex, and its import for Pagans not clear. Court tried to rule narrowly, but left open many important issues for further decisions.

Clear winners: family-owned businesses (even corporations that are not publicly-traded) that have religious objections to various mandated public policies, organizations and people opposed to certain kinds of contraception and to abortion. Pro-life groups rejoice, as well as employers of all sizes and types. (Can "religious exemptions" apply outside of contraception? Unclear.)

Clear losers: female employees of said family-owned businesses who want contraceptive services covered under their employer-paid health care. (Though this will be somewhat dealt with by the Obama administration plans to cover such care itself, similar to exemption given to religious non-profits such as the Catholic church.) Opponents of "corporate personhood" gnash their teeth.


Up in the air: how far will the "religious exemption" go for family businesses?

Links to more coverage: http://www.religionlink.com/source-guides/religious-freedom/


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Abortion Rights are a Theological Battle

As you probably know there has been a powerful and effective move on the part of the Republican party to restrict access to abortion and other reproductive health services at the state level since the 2010 elections. What drives this is a theological notion that amounts to the establishment a religion in violation of the 1st Amendment of the US constitution. Those who object to the imposition of restrictions on access to abortion should recognize that it is a theological battle. Come see why. . .

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  • Rick
    Rick says #
    I would argue that almost all legal differences of opinion such as this have theological roots. For those of us that have a theolo
  • Rick
    Rick says #
    I would argue that almost all legal differences of opinion such as this have theological roots. For those of us that have a theolo
  • Herb
    Herb says #
    I don't think you'll find much disagreement with your thesis on this forum. However, it begs the question: Where do you set the ag

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