Guru Nanak Sikh Documentary on PBS; New Research on Religious Exemptions from COVID Vaccine; Defend Religiously Affiliated Child Care; Fauci Asks Faith Leaders to Enlist in War Against COVID; Catholic Women Urge Vatican to Sign Human Rights Pact; Separation of Church and State at Issue in Education; Supreme Court Leaves Texas Abortion Restriction Intact; University Ordered to Pay $2 Million in Religious Liberty Suits
Guru Nanak Sikh Documentary on PBS
“Although Guru Nanak’s teachings of equality and tolerance resonate with American audiences and are foundational values for American society, very few of our neighbors and Western society at large know anything about Guru Nanak Dev Ji,” said Gurwin Ahuja the executive director of the National Sikh Campaign (NSC) in a statement. The documentary broadcast is one piece of a campaign launched by NSC to bring more awareness to the Sikh faith.
New Research on Religious Exemptions from COVID Vaccine
Defend Religiously Affiliated Child Care
Fauci Asks Faith Leaders to Enlist in War Against COVID
Catholic Women Urge Vatican to Sign Human Rights Pact
A consortium of Catholic women’s groups is calling on the Holy See to join the Council of Europe and to sign the European Convention on Human Rights, arguing that the Vatican should show consistency by expressing its firm commitment to protecting human rights. The groups said the Holy See presents itself as a firm promotor of human rights and dignity. Yet they noted the Vatican hasn’t followed up by adhering to the European Convention, regarded as the gold standard for rights protections around the world.
Separation of Church and State at Issue in Education
In Carson v. Makin, The State of Maine requires that every school-age child in the state has access to a free education but not every local district operates a secondary school and thus they may contract with a secondary school to provide school privileges or pay the tuition of a secondary school at which a particular student is accepted. In either circumstance, the secondary school must be either a public school or an “approved” private school. “Approved” means the school must have compulsory attendance and it must be “nonsectarian in accordance with the First Amendment.” The lawsuit alleges that the nonsectarian requirement violates the Constitution.
Supreme Court Leaves Texas Abortion Restriction Intact
Last week, the Supreme Court left in place a Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks, and provided only a narrow path for providers to challenge in federal court the nation’s most restrictive law on the procedure. The court’s decision allows the providers to return to a district judge who once blocked the law, saying it violated the constitutional right to abortion. But the decision limited the relief in a way that lawyers said probably makes it impossible to suspend the law while the legal battle continues.
University Ordered to Pay $2 Million in Religious Liberty Suits