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Keeping Communities Safe During Religious Gatherings

As many Americans prepare for Easter, Ramadan and Passover holidays, local leaders are continuing to deal with the impact of Coronavirus. As the number of cases in the United States continues to climb, many elected officials and public health experts are working with faith leaders to help stop the spread of coronavirus in their community. Intergenerational faith-based communities play

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When Politics, Science and Faith Come Together

For many world religions, a respect for nature and a desire to care for our planet lies at the heart of their practices and rituals. In 2015, Pope Francis surprised the world with Laudato Si, a papal encyclical on “care for our common home.” Around the same time, 27 Buddhist and 60 Hindu leaders from

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Birth Control Mandate Case Also a Land Use Case?

As usual, on the last day of the Supreme Court’s term it released its opinion in the biggest case of the term: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The Court held 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), as applied to closely held corporations. Though not obvious, this

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