Find out about the latest and most important online religious freedom headlines.
Biden Administrator Still Pushing Military COVID Vaccine Mandate: It’s Unlawful and Harms National Security
First Liberty attorney Danielle Runyan wrote a comment for FoxNews Discuss how religious service members are unlawfully denied religious accommodations to the military vaccination mandate. Thousands continue to be punished and possibly involuntarily separated for wanting to serve in a manner consistent with their faith.
“The relentless push to remove thousands of worshipers from the military for their genuine objections to taking the COVID-19 vaccine should be viewed as a clear dereliction of duty by the Biden administration. The President himself declared: “The pandemic is over.”
First Liberty continues to fight for thousands of service members whose applications have been denied. Learn more about our US Navy SEALs and Air Force cases.
The Coast Guard used a “digital tool” to more efficiently deny exemptions on religious vacancies, congressmen claim
FoxNews reports that the US Coast Guard has used a “digital tool” to illegally assist in mass denial of religious COVID-19 vaccine exemptions, even though federal law and Pentagon policy require individual analysis of each request. Over a dozen members of Congress are calling for a staff-level briefing to explain the process, which they say was designed to reach “predetermined conclusions aimed at denying motions.” By the end of September, the Coast Guard had approved 12 religious shelters and denied 1,231, a denial rate of almost 99%.
Today in gentle totalitarianism
Christian author Rod Dreher writes in The American Conservative on Chase Bank’s decision to close a religious non-profit’s account. Turner warns why this is so dangerous for religious Americans:
“They’ll eventually exonerate you, you know. If not Chase, someone will. This is how the regime works. They will make it increasingly difficult for those who think differently to participate in society and the economy.”
What is the right balance between church and state?
The Christian Post delves deeper into Thomas Jefferson’s wall of “separation between church and state.” The article discusses the original meaning and interpretation of the letter Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists, where the phrase is best known. The author writes that if Americans followed the original “First Amendment understanding, they would have far more freedom of religion than they have today, and they would have far more freedom to express their views without the threats of the culture of censorship cancellation.”
Nevada anti-discrimination measure alerts religious freedom advocates
The Washington Examiner writes that Nevada voters will consider an electoral referendum next month that would amend the state constitution regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Conservative legal groups fear that passing the amendment could have a negative impact on religious freedom. The measure could be misused and abused to pursue people of faith and exclude religious organizations, religious schools from government programs open to all.
Cardinals urge HHS to reconsider ‘misguided mandate’ on transgender procedures
Catholic New York reports on a recent statement by two cardinals on a proposed rule by the Biden administration, commonly known as the “transgender mandate,” that would reverse sweeping civil rights protections for Americans who believe in healthcare. They write that religious hospitals and healthcare providers “must not be compelled by the government to violate their conscience” by forcing them to perform “sex reassignment procedures” against their religious beliefs.
First Liberty recently issued a persuasive 42-page public commentary declaring that people of faith and religious institutions continue to be targeted, sued, and eventually evicted from the healthcare space when federal regulations do not allow them to follow their conscience .
Religious people change their beliefs because of politics: study
The Washington Examiner writes about the results of a recent study by Monmouth College. Poll results suggest that some Americans use their political views to support their religious beliefs, with 25% of adults saying they have considered leaving their religion because of disagreements with their political affiliation.