Religious Exemptions (5)
News about issues related to religious exemptions
08/21/12 ... A one-year-old in church day care walked away from his playroom and drowned in a baptismal pool. The parents filed a lawsuit against the church, and have reached a settlement. They have filed a new lawsuit against the government agency that inspects faith-based facilities, alleging negligent inspection. Ministry day care centers do not have to be licensed, only registered, and are exempt from many rules and regulations. The parents' attorney contends that church day care centers should be licensed. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/usatoday/article/57192074?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Local%20News|s
05/12/12 ... A Sunni Muslim prisoner sued for the right to wear a short beard, which he says is required by his religion. Though the case was originally thrown out, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has revived it, requiring prison officials to consider creating a religious exemption as provided under their policy.
04/06/12 ... Wisconsin requires those who keep livestock to register their property because of possible disease outbreaks. An Amish farmer refused to do so for religious reasons and won. The state is considering some changes to the law that would allow exemptions.
03/28/12 ... Litigation in Nevada over whether an Orthodox Jewish inmate would receive meals certified kosher by rabbinic supervision ended in settlement. The state will provide a certified-kosher diet to a group of 50-150 people whose religious beliefs require keeping kosher.
02/23/12 ... Several pharmacists who were conscientious objectors sued the state over a rule requiring pharmacies to have a person present who can and will deliver all legally prescribed medications. At issue for pro-life pharmacists was Plan B, which prevents implantation after conception. A federal judge ruled in favor of the pharmacists, because there are many other secular exceptions where pharmacies can refer to other pharmacies.