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“A Judge Rules for Alabama Women” by Edd Doerr Abortion clinic hospital admitting-privileges laws have nothing to do with women's health or safety. Rather, they are gimmicks used by the misogynist Religious Right to impose their narrow medieval religious opinions on all women, to take away women's religious liberty and rights of conscience. By cutting off access to clinics these laws actually harm women's health.  (Read More)
More Thoughts on a National Conversation on Race          By Norm R. Allen Jr.
Perspectives on Dying and Death Symposium “Dying Without Deity” Hospitals and Hospices ignore the needs of more than 20% of their patients. Tampa, FL - Oct. 24, 2014 - Even though the Pew Research Center has found that one-fifth (20%) of the USA public and a third (33 1/3%) of adults under 30 are religiously unaffiliated, most hospitals and hospices insist on having religious Chaplains available while ignoring the needs of non-theistic, secular humanist, atheist and agnostic patients.
What is and how did the Religious Freedom  Restoration Act (RFRA) come into being?    RFRA places religious tenets above the rule of law. The use of RFRA by the Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House threatens and is well on its way to destroying U.S. democracy.   The beginning…    The Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon vs. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990), is a United States Supreme Court case that determined that the state could deny unemployment benefits to a person fired for violating a state prohibition on the use of peyote, on the job, even though the use of the drug was part of a religious ritual. The Court ruled although states have the power to accommodate otherwise illegal acts done in pursuit of religious beliefs, they are not required to do so. (Read More) by Toni Van Pelt
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In early October 2014, PBS featured videos on their Website under the title “White people in Buffalo, NY talk about race.” The videos are part of “The Whiteness Project,” (http://www.whitenessproject.org) the brainchild of filmmaker Whitney Dow. Twenty-one Whites sit down to discuss what it is like to be White. Some speak of White pride, some complain that Whites face racial discrimination, some believe Blacks have a sense of entitlement, etc. Some people praised the project, others slammed it.
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