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Contraception mandate takes legal hit

A federal judge granted a Colorado heating and cooling company a temporary injunction against the new Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate. The Newland family, which owns Hercules Industries, Inc., filed a lawsuit stating that the insurance requirement—which includes coverage of morning-after pills and sterilization—would violate their Catholic convictions. Senior Judge John Kane, citing the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, ruled the couple "adequately established that they will suffer imminent irreparable harm," and noted the case raised questions "so serious, substantial, difficult, and doubtful" as to deserve "more deliberate investigation."

InterVarsity policy declared 'common sense'

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo has re-recognized InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) as an official student organization. The club was suspended amid an investigation after a gay leader was pressured to resign. SUNY student associations cannot exclude students from becoming members; IVCF requires its student officers to agree with the organization's doctrinal statements, but has no restrictive membership clause. The school's Student-Wide Judiciary ultimately ruled it is "common sense, not discrimination" for a religious group to want its leaders to agree with its core beliefs.

Newest excuse for missing homework: religion

Missouri voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment in August that, among other things, will permit students to refuse school assignments or presentations that "violate [their] religious beliefs." Supporters of Amendment 2 argued ...

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