Therapeutic processes and legal processes are different. Certain things are appropriate in the therapeutic process that are not acceptable in a legal process. Absolute factual accuracy is not the primary goal of therapy. In the world of an investigation, with livelihood and organizational survival on the line, impartial factual accuracy is very important. Read More→
02/20/13 ... A group of 11 members of Congress has filed an amici curiae ("friends of the court") brief in the Hobby Lobby HHS mandate case, arguing that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and that the administration has simply ignored RFRA.
02/20/13 ... The Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, also filed an amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby, arguing that the mandate substantially burdens the faith of the Green family.
02/20/13 ... The Virginia legislature has passed a bill that will allow student organizations (religious and political) to define their own mission and membership rather than accept all comers, and will not allow public institutions of higher education to discriminate against these groups.
02/12/13 ... An employee alleged religious discrimination by his employer, Rent-A-Center, for not excusing him from work on Saturdays. Because the business was so busy Saturdays, all employees were required to work, and Mr. Charles, a Seventh Day Adventist, refused to work on Saturdays. The court dismissed the religious discrimination lawsuit on the basis that it was an undue hardship for the employer.
03/13/13 ... Read this thoughtful article by Vincent Carroll of the Denver Post, who supports civil unions but explains the importance of a religious exemption.
02/13/13 ... The ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation have sued an Ohio school over a 66-year-old picture of Jesus that hangs in the hallway. The painting was hung by a student club.
01/13/13 ... The school reasons that other student groups can hang portraits as well, and nearly four dozen other pictures hang near it. In addition, locals resent outside interference.
02/17/13 ... Rev. Douglas Mills sued an agency of the United Methodist Church for firing him, claiming breach of contract. But the court dismissed the claim because it was barred by the ministerial exception, because Mill's job duties reflected a role in conveying the church's message and carrying out its mission.
I am always amazed at how easy these management issues become once an organization (or family) implements them. I got to thinking about some of the ways a parent can act and relate that can help prepare their child to not be abused. I think of four behaviors right away: 1) On the radar, 2) Chatter, 3) Buddy, and 4) Touch. Read More→
For abuse to happen, three factors must be present. First, there must be a perpetrator who desires to abuse. Second, there must be a child who will take the role of a victim. Third, there must be an environment that provides enough privacy for the perpetrator to act. If prevention and training can stop any one of the three factors necessary for child sexual abuse, the abuse will not happen. Read More→
02/11/13 ... A Good News Club run by Child Evangelism Fellowship in the Harrisburg School District has filed a lawsuit because it is being charged a $1200 annual rental fee to hold its Bible-based after-school program, unlike other nonprofit groups, which are not charged.