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Polygamous Mormons Lose Round In Food Stamp Fraud Case

In all of the reaction over the election, it’s easy to overlook other stories of interest, some of which are actually good news.

Consider this one: A federal judge has ruled that there’s likely no “religious freedom” right to defraud a federal program designed to help low-income families avoid hunger.

Federal Appeals Court Rules Marine’s Religious Freedom Rights Were Not Violated

A federal court that deals with military issues has rejected a former U.S. Marine’s claims that she was persecuted because of her religious beliefs.

Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling received a bad-conduct discharge from the Marine Corps in 2014 after a court-martial found she had repeatedly violated orders. According to her superiors, she neglected to report for duty and failed to wear the required uniform. She also posted three signs reading “No weapon formed against me shall prosper” at her official workstation, and she twice refused to take them down.

A Religious Right To Discriminate?: Court Adopts Troubling Interpretation Of Religious Freedom Law

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of 1993 was intended to protect the fundamental American value of religious freedom.

In the more than two decades since RFRA’s passage, however, the law has too frequently been misused and misinterpreted as a sword to harm others, rather than as a shield to protect religious liberty. In particular, some ne’er-do-wells have tried to manipulate RFRA into a tool that allows them ignore non-discrimination laws.

Members Of Congress Introduce Legislation To Restore Federal Religious Freedom Law

U.S. Reps. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) on May 18 introduced legislation that would counteract some of the harmful effects of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and restore it to its original intent.

The “Do No Harm Act,” (H.R. 5272) would preserve RFRA’s power to protect religious liberty but also clarify that it may not be used to harm others.

Finding Their Voices

In the ongoing dispute over access to birth control, one thing has often been missing: the voices of women who stand to lose the most if contraceptives become harder to get.

Americans United is working to change that.

States of Rebellion

Think of a bill, and the people who pass it, and you likely imagine the U.S. Con­gress. Our federal legislative body occupies significant media space and not without reason; it wields significant influence. It can respond to executive and judicial actions and shapes our political future.

But state legislatures are arguably as important as their federal equivalent. Many are also dominated by a conservative wing of the Republican Party that frequently promotes the Religious Right’s priorities. That’s reflected by a spate of recent legislation.

D.C. Church Claims Bike Lane Would Violate Religious Freedom

A church in downtown Washington, D.C., is asserting that a proposed bicycle lane on its street would violate its free exercise of religion, a claim Americans United has challenged in a letter to city officials.

In a letter sent October 20 to the District Department of Transportation, Americans United refuted assertions by the United House of Prayer that installing a bike lane on 6th Street, N.W., the street on which the church is located, would violate the U.S. Constitution and two federal statutes that were designed to protect religious freedom.

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