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Obamacare religious exemption hard to get

Nestled in the fine print of the Affordable Care Act is a clause that allows people of certain religions to seek an exemption from the requirement to carry health insurance or pay a fine.

The clause applies only to denominations that run their own "mutual aid" system of spreading the cost of health care across the community.

That's how the Amish -- and to a lesser extent, Mennonites -- traditionally handled health expenses.

Labor board: Adjunct professors at Catholic university can form union

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The National Labor Relations Board ruled April 17 that adjunct professors at Seattle University have a right to form a union and the Jesuit school is not exempt from the board's jurisdiction based on religious freedom protections under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The university received the decision Thursday.

The most pro-American Asian nation? Vietnam

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I sometimes ask myself: “What was the war all about?”  Yes, it was about Vietnamese nationalism and independence.  Yes, our country was afraid of the “spreading Communist menace,” the “falling dominos.”  Vietnam today has its problems. But at least the Vietnamese make their own decisions.keep thinking: If only we could have lost the war sooner.  How many lives might have been saved?

Most voters favor prayer, minus Jesus, at public meetings

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer -- as long as the public prayer is generic and not specifically Christian.

Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind survey asked about attitudes on high-profile cases before the court, including Greece v. Galloway. That case addresses whether elected officials can open public meetings with religiously specific prayers, such as praying in Jesus' name.

Health care must protect everyone, 'born and unborn,' say bishops

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Virginia's two Catholic bishops have urged the state's lawmakers to enact health care reforms "that cover everyone and protect everyone, born and unborn."

A statement issued Friday by Bishops Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond and Paul Loverde of Arlington was prompted by the Virginia General Assembly's ongoing debate over health care reform during a special session on the state budget.

According to the Associated Press, one of the issues facing law makers is what to do about Medicaid expansion, which has resulted in an impasse, delaying passage of a state budget.

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