President Biden “a Good Catholic” Says Pope Francis; Buddhist Reality and Freedom From Illusion; Ásatrú, Viking Religion on Rise in Iceland; Religious Exemption to Vaccine Mandates Rejected by Supreme Court; America: An Evolving Identity or a Culture Under Attack?
President Biden “a Good Catholic” Says Pope Francis
Buddhist Reality and Freedom From Illusion
Ásatrú, Viking Religion on Rise in Iceland
Religious Exemption to Vaccine Mandates Rejected by Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court last Friday allowed a vaccine mandate for Maine health care workers to remain in effect, rejecting an emergency request from workers who argued that they should receive religious exemptions. The brief order was a rare instance of the court deferring to a state COVID-19 policy in the face of religious-rights claims, and the decision split the court’s conservatives. The three most conservative justices — Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch — argued in dissent that Maine’s mandate unconstitutionally discriminates against health care workers with religious objections to the coronavirus vaccines. Two other conservatives — Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — agreed with the decision not to intervene, saying the court’s emergency docket is not the right place to resolve the merits of the workers’ claims.
America: An Evolving Identity or a Culture Under Attack? Findings From the 2021 American Values Survey
Has America always been a force for good in the world? Is the country evolving or eroding? Is belief in God important to our national identity? Religious belief or lack thereof, political party affiliation and other factors show the depth of our ideological divides in a recent survey. In the 2021 American Values Survey, overwhelming majorities of white Christian groups agree that America is a force for good, including white evangelical Protestants (88 percent), white mainline (non-evangelical) Protestants (88 percent), and white Catholics (85 percent). Two-thirds or more of Hispanic Catholics (73 percent), other Christians (71percent), Black Protestants (69 percent), and members of non-Christian religions (66 percent). Religiously unaffiliated Americans (58 percent) are the least likely to hold this belief.