Religious Liberty

Thirsty for more public revenue

Religious Liberty | Texas churches battle city over extra water charges
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/17/20, 04:42 pm

When Magnolia, Texas, decided in 2018 to raise its water rates, everyone in the small town felt the pinch. But the increase squeezed churches even more because the city levied additional fees on nonprofit groups, schools, and places of worship.

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Work vs. religion

Religious Liberty | Employees seek greater accommodation for religious beliefs
by Steve West
Posted 3/03/20, 05:46 pm

At first, Gerald Groff’s supervisors accommodated his request not to deliver mail on Sundays because of his evangelical Christian faith. But then the U.S. Postal Service entered into a contract with Amazon, agreeing to deliver the online retailer’s packages on Sunday, and Groff’s accommodation ended. Supervisors levied progressively harsh discipline on him for failing to show up for work on the Sabbath, and he eventually resigned in January 2019 after about seven years of working as a mail carrier in Lancaster, Pa.

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

No change allowed

Homosexuality | States are moving to restrict so-called “conversion therapy” practices meant to help people struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender issues. A WORLD review suggests the bans are misguided
by Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 2/27/20, 03:47 pm

What’s called “conversion therapy”—a loosely defined set of methods aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity—has received horrible press coverage. For example, The New York Times in 2018 ran this headline: “I Was Tortured in Gay Conversion Therapy. And It’s Still Legal in 41 States.”

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