Could You Or Your Loved One Be Refused Emergency Service On Religious Grounds?

photo of an Emergency Medical team providing treatment to an accident victim

By Shannon Hanson   How Far Should We Allow “Religious Rights” to Go?   Imagine someone you care about has been critically injured in an auto accident. Paramedics arrive quickly then just as quickly pack up the medical supplies and leave. Turns out the EMT – who also owns the small ambulance company – recognizes the injured person and knows that she is a lesbian, so he refuses to treat her or allow her to be transported in his ambulance. Seems like something that could only happen in a bad…

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Art Should Reveal Uncomfortable Truths

To Kill a Mockingbird book cover

by Oletta Branstiter Should art be created to make us feel comfortable? The school district in Biloxi, Mississippi recently decided to eliminate To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, from the 8th-grade reading list. The reason? “Language in the book makes some people uncomfortable.” Was the complaint based on the historical and contextual use of the word “nigger”? Or was it more insidious? Do the objections reflect the same lack of understanding that led to the banning of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain?…

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