Tag: Supreme Court


Supreme Smarts, Dream Cities and More: Must-Read Links

Welcome to a new week, and a new roundup of enlightening interviews and essays gathered from a wide range of sources, on topics such as: staying open-minded on the Supreme Court, urban spaces found only in cyberspace, compassion as a stress-reliever, the good moments in life we overlook, a nun revered for her art… and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Open to Evidence “We disagree with each other, but we do listen… The challenge is to make friends who don’t......

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An American Struggle: Rebuilding Trust

Our money may bear the words “In God We Trust,” and almost 90% of Americans may claim belief in God (or a higher power). But when it comes to government, organized religions or most other large institutions, a very different picture emerges. According to new polling by Gallup, trust in our big institutions is, well, in the toilet. As a panel guest on The Daily Wrap recently, I addressed the issue: “I think what we’ve gotten really good at is appreciating what people can and must do for themselves, but we’re going......

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Dignity Above All

That morning, they lined up outside the College of Charleston’s arena, a diverse crowd taking time to be present, knowing the emotions they felt transcended the moment and were inseparable from a greater historical struggle, far from over. The gathering took shape at the very same moment the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to reveal its landmark ruling, affirming the dignity of men and women regardless of who they love and how they live. Thousands attended the church viewing and the overflow service to pay last respects to the Honorable Rev. Clementa C.......

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A True Marriage Celebration

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Today, our U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage in a historic ruling. In all candor, as an Orthodox rabbi, I don’t perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. Yet I applaud this decision with a full heart. “The institution of marriage was celebrated today and re-energized today it is a profound statement about freedom of expression and freedom of religion.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for......

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Can American Companies Refuse to Hire Women in Hijab?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case brought by a young Muslim from Tulsa, Okla., against retail giant Abercrombie & Fitch; a ruling is expected later this year. Samantha Elauf’s attorneys claim that when she applied for a job at age 17, she was discriminated against because she wore a hijab (in violation of the storewide “look” policy). Was there really no way for the company to innovate a solution that incorporated Elauf’s right to religious expression? Watch my video below for......

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Can Ruth Bader Ginsburg See the Future?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was at the University of Michigan recently to give the 2015 Tanner Lecture on Human Values. A U.S. Supreme Court justice of more than 20 years, Ginsburg talked about topics ranging from gender equality to campaign financing to family life, as well as her nickname, Notorious RBG (a play on the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.). In discussing her most memorable cases – impassioned dissents that helped pave the way for prohibiting racial discrimination in voting, and banning employment discrimination based on race, religion, gender and national origin – one......

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Video: The Supreme Court, Money and Democracy

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record video series: Money in politics is nothing new but healthy societies are about balancing equal access and laws that are equally applied. What do you think? Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment.? Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org.   To view more of Brad’s Faith on the Record discussions, please click here....

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