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Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill Protecting Religious Rights of Business Owners

PHOENIX — A billed passed by Arizona lawmakers last week which sought to protect business owners and shield them from unlawful discrimination lawsuits has been vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer. “I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways […]

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Supreme Court Allows Ruling to Stand: AZ Can’t Strip Planned Parenthood of Medicaid Funding

WASHINGTON – The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear a case regarding whether officials in Arizona may strip Planned Parenthood of Medicaid funding, allowing a lower court ruling to stand. As previously reported, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake, appointed in 2004 by George W. Bush under the recommendation of Senators John McCain and Jon […]

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Judge Rules Against Mississippi Professor Allegedly Punished for Sharing Christian Faith

JACKSON, Miss. – A federal judge in Mississippi has ruled against a public university professor that was allegedly punished for sharing his faith, stating that government employees do not have a right to promote a specific religion in the classroom. According to reports, Thomas Payne, a professor in the criminal justice department at the University […]

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South Dakota Lawmakers Reject Bill Banning Dismemberment of Babies During Abortions

PIERRE, S.D. – Lawmakers in South Dakota rejected a bill on Thursday that would have banned the practice of dismembering and decapitating babies during abortion procedures. H.B. 1241 was struck down by an 11-1 vote, including three of its sponsors who decided to table the measure. The legislation provided criminal penalties for any doctor who […]

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Georgia Bill Would Bar Health Plans from Offering Abortion Coverage

ATLANTA – A bill approved last week by a Senate committee in Georgia aims to bar state and federal health care plans from offering abortion coverage to residents. S.B. 98 was introduced by Senator Judson Hill (R-Marietta) and is said to serve as a means of protecting Georgians from funding the termination of innocent life. […]

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Atheist Activist Group Demands Michigan City to Cease Prayer at Council Meetings

SAGINAW, Mich. – An atheist activist group is demanding that officials in a Michigan city cease prayer during their council meetings out of its assertion that the practice is unconstitutional and alienates Godless residents. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to Saginaw City Manager Tim Morales asserting that the […]

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‘What’s the Use of Keeping this Baby Alive?’ Belgian Lawmakers Legalize Euthanasia for Children

BELGIUM – Lawmakers in Belgium recently approved a measure that will allow doctors to euthanize children of all ages. As previously reported, the Belgian Senate overwhelmingly approved a child euthanization bill in December, sending it to the lower legislative house. This month, the lower house voted 86-44 in favor of the measure, despite some international […]

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Arizona Lawmakers Pass Bill Protecting Religious Rights of Business Owners

PHOENIX – Lawmakers in Arizona passed a bill this week that seeks to protect the religious rights of business owners and shield them from unlawful discrimination lawsuits. HB 2153 cleared the Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday 33-27, amending sections 41‑1493 and 41‑1493.01 of the state code pertaining to the free exercise of religion. The bill […]

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Christian Legal Group Urges Public Universities to Restore Bibles to Hotel Rooms

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A prominent Christian legal organization has sent rebuttal letters to two public universities that recently decided to remove all Gideon Bibles from their hotel rooms in response to complaints from an atheist activist organization. As previously reported, the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University were contacted by the Freedom From Religion […]

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COLUMBIA — South Carolina legislators want to punish two public colleges for assigning books on homosexuality to freshmen. The House budget-writing committee on Wednesday tentatively approved a spending plan for 2014-15 that would cut $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,142 from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Last summer, the College of Charleston […]

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