Connecticut May Cancel School Religious Vaccination Exemption, China Denies Suppression of Religion, Photos of 10 Indian World Heritage Sites, States Writing Religious Freedom Bills, Biden Seeks to Block Trans Surgery Exemption, Worst Religious Freedom Violators, Texas Ends Clergy Death Chamber Ban
Connecticut May Cancel School Religious Vaccination Exemption
Connecticut’s religious exemption from school immunizations would be cancelled under a bill now under consideration in the state Senate. The bill passed in the Democratic-controlled House. Republican opponents called the bill a “government overreach and a restriction of religious liberty” while Democratic proponents said it was necessary to prevent disease outbreaks.
China Denies Suppression of Religion
Photos of 10 Indian World Heritage Sites
The Nalanda Mahavihara site is the longest-serving monastic and scholastic institution in India. Mahabalipuram has monuments with thousands of sculptures dedicated to Shiva. Madhya Pradesh monuments belong to both Jainism and Hinduism. The Ellora caves extends over 2 km with 34 Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism monasteries and temples dating from A.D. 600 to 1000.
States Writing Religious Freedom Bills
A Montana bill now codifies the right of people to challenge government regulations that interfere with their religious beliefs. Such laws have reportedly been used to defend a Native American charged with illegally possessing eagle feathers for religious purposes, and to uphold a student’s right to mention faith in God during a graduation speech. Opponents fear the law will allow businesses to local ordinances prohibiting discrimination in housing or employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Biden Administration Seeks to Block Religious Exemption for Trans Surgery
Report Released on Religious Freedom Violators
The 2021 Annual Report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Named the following countries as “of particular concern”: Burma, China, Eritrea, India, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Vietnam. “Watch List Countries” include: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Turkey and Uzbekistan
Texas Ends Clergy Ban in Death Chamber
Texas prisons have resumed allowing clergy as well as spiritual advisers in the death chamber, reversing a two-year ban created after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of an inmate who had argued his religious freedom was being violated because his Buddhist spiritual adviser wasn’t allowed to accompany him.