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  On June 17, 2015, Raul Labrador – Idaho’s 1st district representative – introduced the H.R. 2802. The bill specifies protection against any discrimination of a person who “believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” The First Amendment Defense Act "protects" the religious freedoms of employers, meaning they could fire unmarried pregnant women or LGBT employees. Read More
  Finally, some good news out of Washington.  Yesterday, Democratic Senators Patty Murray (WA) and Mark Udall (CO) introduced a new law in response to the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling.  The Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act plans on doing just what its title suggests. It would make it illegal for any for-profit organization to deny its workers of health care guaranteed under federal law, namely contraception.  This act, if passed, would mean an immediate turnover of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Read More
Hobby Lobby, the company behind the Supreme Court’s anti-contraception ruling, has been profiting from the same contraception products that they sought to deny from the Affordable Care Act. Read More
Well, wouldja look at that, Abercrombie & Fitch is under siege once again. In A&F’s latest news, a young Muslim woman filed an anti-discrimination suit against the company because she was unable to wear a hijab to work. Jeez, this company needs to get its act together. In 2010, 18-year-old Hani Khan was fired from the San Mateo, CA, Hollister store. Four months into her job, Khan’s manager expressed concern for her head scarf. Khan refused to remove it. In light of this, Khan was terminated from her job. Read More
Turns out Sarah Silverman's not the only one in her family who likes to make waves-- her sister, Rabbi Susan Silverman, got arrested in Jerusalem for a protest on religious rights on Monday. In a demonstration for civil rights group Women of the Wall, Silverman and nine other women prayed in traditional men's clothes in the women's section of the Western Wall. As the last remaining section of King Solomon's Temple, the Western Wall is incredibly holy land governed by old, strict laws, one of which bans women from wearing "male" garments such as prayer shawls. Read More
A fatwa (basically a Muslim ruling by a religious official, not necessarily a grand scheme death threat ala Salman Rushdie) has been issued by an important Saudi cleric that says that women may respect declarations in certain countries (ahem, France) that forbid the wearing of the niqab or burqa. Sheikh Aed al-Qarni has said that it is “illogical and unreasonable” for the French government to be going through with this basic removal of religious freedom since it is a secular state that claims to secure such a thing. Read More