Frederick Clarkson at Rewire looks at the Christian right’s efforts to turn Religious Freedom Day into a day to assert Christian supremacy as per the “Project Blitz” legislative playbook. “Their model resolution for Religious Freedom Day celebrates a day devoted to something they oppose: religious freedom.”
Bruce Wingate, founder of Protect Idaho Kids, talks about his battle against faith healing exemptions in Idaho in Boise Weekly. Now that election season is over, Wingate is hoping that 2019 is the year something finally gets done.
Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closes religious loopholes in state anti-discrimination directives. Hell yes.
North Dakota considers a bill that would require public schools to offer a Bible course, and that it would count as a replacement for a real social studies course. Hell no.
Tennessee’s new governor Bill Lee asks legislators to pray for him and says, “The separation of church and state is never intended to keep people of faith out of government, but to keep government out of the church.” Argle blargle.
NBC News reports that New York State is seeing its worst measles outbreak since the 1990s:
Many of the cases are among people who have skipped regular medical visits, [pediatrician Dr. Douglas] Puder said. “I know in our group, it’s the kids you don’t see that don’t get vaccinated,” he said. “It’s the group that is interested in alternative medicine.”
William London looks back on the life of the late D. Gary Young, the multilevel marketing/health fad guru/diploma miller/alt-med hawker/convict.
St. Louis requires those who offer food for the homeless to get a permit to make sure they’re not doing something shady and make sure they’re following health codes. This is an intolerable violation of religious freedom, according to a local Christian group, who say the law prevents them from following religious mandates to help others. Can’t you just get the permits and then help others?
Volunteers with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association are cleaning up trash in National Parks because the shutdown means no one else will. Said their spokesperson, “I hope it shows that we’re not here just to talk about Islam the whole time. We’re here to be part of America.”
The Denver City Council unanimously votes to ban pseudoscientific gay-conversion therapy.
Quote of the Day
This is pretty interesting: A New York state court said that Quakers can’t have their own special marriage solemnization laws just because they’re Quakers:
The court’s ability to hold the marriage as valid or invalid may not, however, depend on the parties’ religious affiliation to members of the Friends or Quakers, or on the parties’ level of religious observance. To hold otherwise would violate the First Amendment…. The court cannot deny a benefit or right to a person for not following any particular religious practice. To do so would violate the Establishment Clause.
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