FROM THE ARCHIVE
Tensions Between Rights of Conscience and Civil Rights
In a court filing earlier this week, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sided with former Eastern Michigan University student Julea Ward, who claims the university discriminated against her when they dismissed her from a graduate-level counseling program in 2009. Ward was dismissed after she refused to counsel a gay man about a same-sex relationship, citing her religious beliefs in opposition to homosexuality. The school argued that she has an obligation to treat all patients, regardless of their sexual orientation, and a federal district court agreed. Ward has since appealed and Schuette has filed a brief in support of her position.
A 2010 Pew Forum Q&A explores the legal issues surrounding this case and other cases involving health care workers who refused to treat gay and lesbian patients because they felt that doing so would compromise their core religious beliefs. Go to the Q&A »
March 10, 2011 - The Huffington Post
Jury out on religion and the death penalty
A Huffington Post article about the ongoing debate over capital punishment in the U.S. cites a 2010 Pew Forum survey. The survey found that majorities of white evangelicals (74%), white mainline Protestants (71%) and white Catholics (68%) say they support the death penalty, but less than half of black Protestants (37%) and Hispanic Catholics (43%) favor capital punishment.
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