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Religious leaders ask HHS to broaden birth control exemption

(RNS) A coalition of nearly 150 religious leaders, led by conservative Protestants, have petitioned the Obama administration to broaden the exemption that allows churches and some religious organizations to avoid the controversial policy mandating that all health care insurers provide free contraception coverage. By David Gibson.

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Supreme Court tosses 'Christian candy cane' case

WASHINGTON (RNS) An appeal over Christmas sweets turned bitter yesterday (June 11) when the Supreme Court declined to hear the so-called “candy cane” case. The case is a rallying point for conservative Christians concerned about free religious expression. By Chris Lisee.

 

Former USCIRF staffer charges Muslim bias

WASHINGTON (RNS) A former staffer of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has filed suit against the watchdog agency, saying it reneged on giving her a job as an analyst because she was Muslim and had worked for a Muslim advocacy group. By Adelle M. Banks.

Sikh TSA agent wins suit over religious wristband

(RNS) A high-ranking Sikh security officer at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport has won $30,000 after the Transportation Security Administration said he could not wear a kara, a metal wristband that reminds Sikhs to be devoted to God. By Lauren Markoe.