Student Religious Groups and Vanderbilt University

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Student Religious Groups and Vanderbilt University  —  Over the past two years, Vanderbilt University has enacted policy to exclude student groups based on leadership creedal belief and on sexual expression.  Fourteen campus religious communities no longer have organizational standing including Catholic, Evangelical, and Mormon groups. Tish Harrison Warren describes her failed effort to reason with […]

Final Ruling Against Part of Polygamy Ban

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Final Ruling Against Part of Polygamy Ban  —  A federal judge in Utah issued a final ruling striking down a part of the state’s polygamy ban as unconstitutional, reaffirming the court’s earlier decision that a section of Utah law that prohibits “cohabitation” violates the Constitution’s religious freedom and privacy protections.

Atheists Disallowed From County Commission Invocation

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Atheists Disallowed From County Commission Invocation  —  Five members of the Brevard County Board of Commissioners (FL) voted unanimously Wednesday (Aug. 20) against permitting a local atheist from delivering a prayer or invocation before their public meetings. They also voted to limit remarks from nonreligious people to the “public comments” section of their meetings.

How Black and White Christians Think About Race

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How Black and White Christians Think Differently About Race  —  Researched by Michael Emerson of Rice University and David Sikkink of Notre Dame (and released by the Association of Religion Data Archives), this Portraits of American Life Study found that divergent perceptions on race among black and white Christians have continued to widen since 2006.

NYC, Pre-K, and the Church-State Divide

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NYC, Pre-K, and the Church-State Divide  —  Because of inadequate public school capacity, the de Blasio administration has been urging religious schools and community organizations to consider hosting added programs for the city.  But the push is raising fresh questions about church-state issues and for the schools themselves.

Bibles are Back in Navy Guest Housing

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Bibles Are Back in Navy Guest Lodges  —  In June, the U.S. Navy ordered housekeepers at thousands of Navy-owned guest lodges near U.S. and international bases to remove the Bibles and any other “religious materials” from their rooms. Scriptures would remain available on request.

The Wrong Kind of Christian

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The Wrong Kind of Christian  —  Over the past two years, Vanderbilt University has enacted policy to exclude student groups based on leadership creedal belief and on sexual expression.  Fourteen campus religious communities no longer have organizational standing including Catholic, Evangelical, and Mormon groups. Tish Harrison Warren describes her failed effort to reason with the […]

 
 
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