An employee at a county clerk’s office in Indiana who was fired because she refused to process marriage licenses for same-sex couples claims her “religious freedom” rights have been violated. So now she’s suing.
Linda Summers, an employee in Harrison County, was fired last year for her refusal to fully perform her job requirements – specifically issuing marriage licenses for all qualified couples.
The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule on marriage equality. But in anticipation of the verdict, state legislators have rammed a number of anti-LGBT bills through legislatures and onto the books.
A new report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) identifies atheists, agnostics and other non-theists as a “target minority” for persecution. This global crackdown is occurring concurrently with a rise in the number of non-theists; according to the report, a full 13 percent of the world’s population now identifies as atheist, with another 23 percent identifying as non-religious.
A Georgia city council has rejected a zoning request for a mosque, despite previously approving a similar request for a Christian church.
The Kennesaw City Council voted 4-1 to deny the Suffa Dawat congregation a permit for a storefront worship space. Council members cited concerns about traffic, but congregants argued that the space would have simply acted as a temporary home during the construction of a permanent mosque.
Less than two weeks after the midterm elections, victorious social conservatives have already begun to fight for a dangerously expanded definition of religious liberty. Texas State Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) may have beaten them all to the punch: She has proposed a bill that would grant business owners the right to discriminate against LGBT customers.
Senate Joint Resolution 10, filed Monday, has been written expressly to allow anti-gay discrimination.
There’s another controversy brewing around Hobby Lobby – but this one has nothing to do with birth control. New York’s Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman, recently settled a two-year investigation into the embattled craft store chain by hitting it with a $220,000 fine for deceptive advertising practices.
It may seem like a dispatch from the Jim Crow era, but a recent poll shows that some Americans still believe business owners have a religious freedom right to discriminate against customers based on their race.
Lest you forget he exists, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, has released the organization’s annual report on “anti-Catholicism.” While Americans United certainly doesn’t support anti-religious bias of any sort, Donohue’s definition of discrimination deserves attention for its creativity, if nothing else.
According to the Catholic League, anti-Catholicism pervades American society – but that’s only because the League defines anti-Catholicism as anything that happens that Donohue doesn’t like.