Religion

ANALYSIS: Hobby Lobby beat the contraception mandate. Here’s why the nuns may not

By David Gibson (RNS) The Health and Human Services Department has already offered an accommodation to faith-based nonprofits that allows them to sign a waiver giving a third-party administrator permission to take care of the birth control coverage. The post ANALYSIS: Hobby Lobby beat the contraception mandate. Here’s why the nuns may not appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Christian

Ginsberg’s Scathing Dissent in Hobby Lobby Case Says Faith Objection Not ‘Substantial’

By Editor Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historic ruling in a case involving two companies run by owners who identify as Christian and who oppose abortion-inducing contraception, but the ruling did not come without strong dissent. The 5-4 decision came as a result of the two cases in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell, in which the high court struck down the Obamacare contraception mandate for “closely held corporations.” As previously reported, the court determined that companies are not required to provide contraception coverage if such provisions violate the owners deeply-held religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby’s owners identify as evangelical Christians who do not object to contraception in general, but to drugs that may result in abortion. Likewise, the owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. believe that providing abortion-inducing drugs would violate their sincerely-held Mennonite beliefs, stating that it “is an intrinsic evil and a sin against God.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote a separate 35-page dissent from the majority opinion and lambasted her fellow justices, calling the ruling one of “startling breadth”. Ginsberg bemoaned how women would now be obligated to pay out of pocket to attempt to prevent, and as a result in some cases, …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Religion

COMMENTARY: On the Fourth, setting aside the ‘I’ for ‘us’

By Tom Ehrich (RNS) In July 1776, 56 brave men signed a Declaration of Independence and pledged everything — their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” — to freedom and democracy. They set aside “I” and paid dearly for it. The post COMMENTARY: On the Fourth, setting aside the ‘I’ for ‘us’ appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Religion

FEATURED VIDEO: Ramadan brings together young, old

By Mary Herndon Muslims across the country and the world began fasting for Ramadan this past weekend. Ramadan is a month-long Muslim holiday; this year it falls between June 28 to July 28, but the dates change every year because Islam follows the lunar calendar. During the month-long ritual, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. After sunset, families gather to eat The post FEATURED VIDEO: Ramadan brings together young, old appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Education

Gambling amendment a sensible solution

By mc2740 FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford has begun promoting the idea of placing a constitutional amendment concerning gambling on the November 2014 ballot. He wants voters to decide if the state should expand its gambling offerings. Florida Senate President Don Gaetz tentatively has joined him, telling reporters, “I think you can make an argument that that’s a systemic change that the people of Florida ought to have a say about.” Robert M. Jarvis, J.D. In its Dec. 7 editorial, “Gambling amendment a bad bet,” the Sun Sentinel flatly rejected the idea, calling it a “copout” and writing, “The electorate looks to its leaders to solve problems, not avoid them. Floridians were promised leadership on gambling expansion. Weatherford’s idea is anything but.” In fact, Florida has a long history of turning to the electorate for help on tough issues. Currently, the Florida Constitution has three “local option” provisions. These let local residents decide how they want to proceed on matters that have stymied legislators. Gambling should be added to the list. When the drafters of the 1885 constitution could not agree whether Florida should be a “wet” or “dry” state, they asked the people. On Nov. 2, 1886, voters approved Ordinance 2 …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Education

Independence Day Celebration!! Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and a Sci-Fi Hero Movie! 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

– Miramar Branch Library & Education Center Multi Purpose Celebrate 238 years of American Independence. What’s more American than hot dogs, apple pie and patriotic super-heros!! You are invited to join us for $1.00 hot dogs, apple pie and a fun sci-fi hero movie. Come join in the fun! …read more Source: Broward County Library     ...
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Christian

Christian Suspended After Muslim Colleague Complains She Prayed with Her

By Heather Clark LONDON – A Christian occupational therapist has been disciplined for praying for a Muslim colleague, despite being encouraged by the colleague to talk about her faith. Victoria Wasteney, Head of Occupational Therapy at the East London NHS trust, prayed for the newly-qualified Muslim worker after she expressed concerns about her health. When Victoria offered to pray with her, she willingly agreed and replied, “okay.” But in June 2013, the colleague raised a complaint against Victoria, who was called before the Associate Director of Therapies the next day and suspended for nine months pending an investigation. this story >> …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Religion

French veils * Religious Dems * Hobby Lobby : Tuesday’s Roundup

By Lauren Markoe Europe approves France’s ban on full-face veils. Southern Democrats find their faith on the campaign trail. And what you may have missed on the Hobby Lobby decision. The post French veils * Religious Dems * Hobby Lobby : Tuesday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Christian

Week 27, One Year Bible Challenge: “Prisoner”

By Tom Truex Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study This week’s reading July 2-812 Kings 20:1 – 1 Chronicles 6:81Acts 21:18 – 26:32Psalm 150:1 – 6:10 * Psalm readings repeat at this pointProverbs 18:9-21 Next Week’s Reading July 9-151 Chronicles 7:1 – 21:30Acts 27:1 – Romans 3:8Psalm 7:1 – 11:7Proverbs 18:22 – 19:12 By the Waters of Babylon (1883), by Evelyn De Morgan Discussion Questions:2Old Testament How was it possible that Judah had become so far removed from God by the time of Josiah. Why was Josiah so determined to comply with God’s law? 2 Kings 23:21-25New Testament Why did Paul bring up the matter of the resurrection of the dead in Acts 23:6-10 FOOTNOTES: If you are participating in the Saturday morning class, “The One Year Bible Challenge,” you should read the daily materials as set out in “<a target=_blank href="http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/readingplan/oneyearbiblereadingplan.pdf" title="one year Bible …read more Source: K_Line Christian Online (ReadTheWholeBible.com)     ...
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Obama Celebrates Ramadan Month, Plans to Host Islamic Dinner at White House

By Garrett Haley WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have both released statements to celebrate the Islamic month of Ramadan, as the administration prepares for the annual Iftar dinner at the White House. To commemorate the beginning of Ramadan, the White House released a statement from President Obama on Friday. In the statement, the President pays tribute to Muslims across the world and describes Ramadan as a “blessed month” and a “sacred time.” “Here in the United States,” Obama wrote, “we are grateful to the many Muslim American organizations, individuals, and businesses that are devoted to creating opportunity for all by working to reduce income inequality and poverty, not only through their charitable efforts, but also through their initiatives to empower students, workers and families with the education, skills and health care they deserve.” “At a moment when too many people around the world continue to suffer from senseless conflict and violence,” Obama continued, “this sacred time reminds us of our common obligations to pursue justice and peace and to uphold the dignity of every human being.” Likewise, Secretary of State John Kerry praised the Ramadan tradition in a statement released Friday, wishing Muslims “a peaceful Ramadan and …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Local News

STEM skills boost wages, Brookings Institution says

By By Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel Nearly 37 percent of the job listings in South Florida are seeking workers with skills in science, technology, engineering or math — jobs that pay better than average, according to a report Tuesday from the Brookings Institution. …read more Source: Sun-Sentinel     ...
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Christian

Swedish Midwife Sues State Over Dismissal for Refusing to Aid in Abortions

By Editor (Morning Star News) – A Scandinavian rights group has filed suit against the Swedish government on behalf of a Christian woman who was fired for refusing to perform abortions. Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers, a non-governmental organization that describes itself as dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights and human dignity, states in the lawsuit that Jönköping County Council in Sweden supported three different hospitals’ withdrawal of midwife work from Swedish Christian Ellinor Grimmark. The council “set up an obligation to perform abortions as a condition for employment as a midwife,” the rights organization states, according to LifeNews.com. “This is a requirement that puts persons of a certain religion or other beliefs in a discriminatory position.” this story >> …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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