New Trump Rule Protects Health Care Workers Who Refuse Care For Religious Reasons

Can we call these ‘bad Samaritan laws’ ?

“Severino made it clear that defending religious freedom was his primary goal when he created a new Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom. “Never forget that religious freedom is a primary freedom, that it is a civil right that deserves enforcement and respect,” Severino said when he created the division.”

From: npr.org

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/05/02/688260025/new-trump-rule-protects-health-care-workers-who-refuse-care-for-religious-reason

Five haredi men indicted for attacking gay black man in Brooklyn

Five haredi men indicted for attacking gay black man in Brooklyn

Ultra-Orthodox Jew beats boy, 7, for riding bicycle close to Shabbat

Ultra-Orthodox Jew beats boy, 7, for riding bicycle close to Shabbat

Hitchens: Does the Texas governor believe his idiotic God talk, or is he just pandering for votes?

Perry did not, of course, suffer politically for making an idiot of himself in this way. Not even the true believers really expect that prayers for precipitation will be answered, or believe that a failed rainmaker is a false prophet. And, had Perry’s entreaties actually been followed by a moistening of the clouds and the coming of the healing showers, it is unlikely that anybody would really have claimed a connection between post hoc and propter hoc. No, religion in politics is more like an insurance policy than a true act of faith. Professing allegiance to it seldom does you any harm, at least in Republican primary season, and can do you some good. It’s a question of prudence.

From Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine

That a climate science denier would lead a prayer for rain is just too funny.

Religion and Sex Quiz

Think you know what the Bible says about social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage? Take this quiz and let’s see.

From NYT

Kristof on the gap between what the bible says and what the bible also says. Or why the bible is an awful political policy guide.