Madison, Wis., Council Votes To Ban Discrimination Against Atheism

In what is believed to be a first in the United States, the common council of Madison, Wis., has voted to amend the city’s equal opportunities ordinance “to add nonreligion as a protected class.” The legislation adds atheists to the categories of people who could potentially face discrimination. It was co-sponsored by 14 of the council’s 20 members and approved without objection Tuesday night. “This is important because I believe it is only fair that if we protect religion, in all its varieties, we should also protect non-religion from discrimination Continue reading



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Legislature OKs bill paving way for WSU medical school

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – A nearly-century old restriction giving the University of Washington in Seattle the exclusive right to operate a public medical school in the state of Washington was removed by the Legislature on Wednesday, opening the door for a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane. Senators approved House Bill 1559 on a 47-1 vote and the measure now heads to Gov Continue reading



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Religious freedom bill at the center of Statehouse debate

INDIANAPOLIS – The House Judiciary Committee has passed the so-called “religious freedom bill” by a 9-4 vote. Protecting religious freedom was at the center of several demonstrations Monday at the Indiana Statehouse. The legislation causing the activity is Senate Bill 101 or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Continue reading



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Is extremism putting free speech in UK universities under threat?

Reuters The University of Oxford had to cancel a debate on abortion last year because people objected that both panelists were male. Concern that the Islamic State militant ‘Jihadi John’ may have been radicalised while attending a London university has re-stoked the debate about free speech in academic institutions. Mohammed Emwazi was last week identified as the IS militant who has appeared in numerous beheading videos for IS Continue reading



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Editorial: If Texans' health care subsidies disappear, we need a plan

Regardless of your politics, the possibility that fellow Texans and millions more Americans nationwide who bought insurance under the Affordable Care Act could return to the ranks of the uninsured is a serious matter. Yet this is what is at stake when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Wednesday in King vs Continue reading



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