religious freedom en Companies can't use religion as grounds to avoid contraception coverage <div align="left"><p>A federal appeals court ruled against a southeastern Michigan natural foods company that claims it should be exempt from the contraception provision in the federal health care law.&nbsp;The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals&nbsp;<a href="">issued its opinion today.</a></p><p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide workers with insurance that covers contraception.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:51:31 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14981 at Companies can't use religion as grounds to avoid contraception coverage Bill protecting Michigan worship services from disruption nears approval <p>Those who disrupt religious services in Michigan could soon face much harsher penalties.</p><p><a href="">A bill</a> sponsored by state Rep. Deb <span>Shaughnessy, R-Charlotte, intended to prevent disruptions during worship events, cleared the state Senate last week. </span></p><p><span>From the Associated Press</span>:</p><blockquote><p>The fine for disorderly conduct at a religious service could go as high as $1,000, which is more than the maximum fine for many misdemeanors. A second offense could cost as much as $5,000. A judge could also order at least 100 days of community service.</p></blockquote><p>According to <a href=";District=71">a press release from Shaughnessy&#39;s office</a>, the legislation was inspired by a 2008 protest at the Mount Hope Church in Delta Township. As part of the protest, members of a gay-rights anarchist group interrupted a service at the megachurch by throwing flyers, pulling fire alarms and shouting slogans.</p><p>The press release quotes Rep. Shaughnessy:</p><blockquote><p><span>&quot;The right of Michigan residents to gather and worship is not only guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, it is a right that must be respected by those with other beliefs...Nobody should fear disruption of their worship services by political opponents, and this legislation should shield them from such chaos.&quot;</span></p></blockquote><p><span>The bill is now on Gov. Rick Snyder&#39;s desk awaiting approval</span>.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 16:15:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7981 at Bill protecting Michigan worship services from disruption nears approval Religious freedom vs Academic accreditation <p>&nbsp;State lawmakers heard testimony today&nbsp;on legislation that would protect college students whose religious beliefs conflict with their university&rsquo;s curriculum. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;There are concerns the bill might cause problems for university&nbsp;accreditation.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:27:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 6538 at Religious freedom vs Academic accreditation