Open confessions

Religious Liberty | California moves to force ministers to report admissions of child abuse
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/30/19, 05:28 pm

The California legislature moved this month to require members of the clergy to report to the government some of what congregants tell them during confession. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat, would make clergy subject to criminal prosecution if they didn’t report suspicions of child abuse or neglect that arise during confession or other confidential conversations. The Senate Committee on Public Safety passed the bill on to the Appropriations Committee on April 2.

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Faith-based foster agency fights back

Religious Liberty | A Catholic child welfare group in Michigan tries to keep the faith while serving children
by Steve West
Posted 4/23/19, 04:52 pm

St. Vincent Catholic Charities last week sued to keep the Michigan and U.S. departments of Health and Human Services from taking action against it for not placing children for foster care or adoption with same-sex couples.

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No easy cure for Big Tech bias

First Amendment | The U.S. Senate wants to do something about social media censorship, but what?
by Steve West
Posted 4/16/19, 05:35 pm

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators agreed last week that someone should hold tech platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google accountable for the roles they play as gatekeepers of public speech. But who should do it and how remains a source of disagreement and misunderstanding.

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