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10 December, 2013 – IHEU Freethought Report
The International Humanist and Ethical Union has published its Freethought report for 2013. Find out where atheists are in greatest danger around the world (13 countries execute people for being atheist). Download the report and make a donation to IHEU at: Freethought Report
7 December, 2013
American CFI is in a Supreme Court battle over the right of for-profit companies to be exempt from providing birth control support for workers because of the religious views of the employer. Here is an excerpt from CFI's newsletter.
"The [US]Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear arguments in two cases regarding the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. This mandate requires all employers, apart from houses of worship, to provide prescription birth control products without charging a co-payment. The mandate is based on the latest studies from the medical community which establish that birth control has significant health benefits for women and their families.
The plaintiffs in these cases are two for-profit employers, Hobby Lobby Corporation and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, that argue that their “right” to religious free exercise has been substantially burdened by the requirements of the mandate.
If the Supreme Court determines that a for-profit corporation can exert religious rights, the effects will reach far beyond contraceptive care.
Almost every part of law would be affected by the radical idea that a for-profit entity possesses religious rights. Such an outcome would undercut completely the secular character of our legal system, with potentially hundreds of legal exemptions for religious belief being created for corporations.
We [CFI US] will be filing an amicus brief with the Court to deny these businesses the special privileges they seek based on their alleged religious beliefs and to ensure that quality health care is available for all employees."
26 November, 2013
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