Religious Freedom Restoration Act
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2017
“In closing, the Pokanoket Tribe wishes to once again extend our most sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all who have and continue to support our efforts to repatriate the ancestral lands of Potumtuk.”
Posted in Bristol, Civil Rights, Featured, Indigenous Americans, International News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged American Indian Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, Brown University, NAGPRA, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Organization of American States American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, Pocasset Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket, Pokanoket Nation, Pokanoket Tribe, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, United States Constitution | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
When Governor Gina Raimondo, who sailed to victory with the endorsement of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, signed the budget on Tuesday, she officially signed into law language that stands as the most extreme anti-abortion language passed in Rhode Island in two decades.
How did this happen?
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Common Cause RI, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, Gina Raimondo, hobby lobby, James Rhodes, John DeSimone, john marion, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI ACLU, steve brown | 16 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2015
What does the new language mean? At bottom, any non-religious employer, as defined by the IRS, that elects to not include abortion coverage in their employee health plan, must allow employees to opt out of the company plan, and select any other plan, paying any additional costs out of pocket.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Health Care, International News, National News, News, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Bernard Healey, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, healthsource ri, hobby lobby, John DeSimone, Nicholas Mattiello, Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, Raymond Gallison, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 30, 2015
Rhode Island needs to repeal its version of the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act). We need to do this because our state is the birthplace of religious liberty and freedom of conscience. We need to do this because it is integral to the very DNA of Rhode Island that we brook no persecution or privilege based on deeply held religious convictions.
Posted in Civil Rights, Economics, Featured, LGBTQ, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged civil unions, Corvese Amendment, lgbtq, Mike Pence, Nicholas Mattiello, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI Supreme Court | 9 Responses