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What Makes Indiana’s Religious-Freedom Law Different?

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The Atlantic: The new statute’s defenders claim it simply mirrors existing federal rules, but it contains two provisions that put new obstacles in the path of equality. No one, I think, would ever have denied that Maurice Bessinger was a man of faith. And he wasn’t particularly a “still, small voice” man either; he wanted everybody in earshot to know that slavery had been God’s will, that desegregation was Satan’s work, and the federal government was the Antichrist. God wanted only whites to eat at Bessinger’s six Piggie Park barbecue joints;…read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, Remarried Catholics Are Just As Sinful As Murderers

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PHOTO: Cardinal Raymond Burke leaves the Synod Hall at the end of a session of the Synod on the themes of family on October 7, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. | Franco Origlia via Getty Images Religion News Service  |  By David Gibson (RNS) When Pope Francis last year effectively demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke by moving him out of a senior post in the Vatican to a largely ceremonial role as head of a Rome-based Catholic charity, it was viewed as a way to sideline one of the pontiff’s…read more

The Right to Water

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Safe and clean water is a human right. Yet every year, 3.5 million women, men and children die from disease because they don’t have the access they need to water, sanitation and hygiene. That is nearly 10,000 people every day. Read more about how the IRC is providing access to clean water and other critical aid in crisis zones. People living in crisis zones are particularly vulnerable: Wars and natural disasters can cut off water supplies in an instant. Those who lose their homes may be forced to live in overcrowded spaces without adequate…read more

8 Things You Should Know About Corporations Like Pearson that Make Huge Profits from Standardized Tests

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Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com/Eric Von Seggern [This is an article from 2013, but still timely.-RS] By Alyssa Figueroa /  AlterNet August 6, 2013 Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act and Obama’s Race to the Top grant program means testing giants are raking in the dough. A few months ago, fourth-grader Joey Furlong was lying in a hospital bed, undergoing a pre-brain surgery screening, when a teacher walked in the room with a standardized test. Shocked, Joey’s father, who was in the room, told the teacher to leave. Joey’s mother, Tami Furlong, later said, “I would like to…read more