Religious Beliefs – Goddess Mystic http://goddessmystic.com/ Wed, 01 Sep 2021 00:22:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://goddessmystic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3-150x150.png Religious Beliefs – Goddess Mystic http://goddessmystic.com/ 32 32 MSU reaches deadline for students and staff to get vaccinated https://goddessmystic.com/msu-reaches-deadline-for-students-and-staff-to-get-vaccinated/ https://goddessmystic.com/msu-reaches-deadline-for-students-and-staff-to-get-vaccinated/#respond Tue, 31 Aug 2021 22:13:00 +0000 https://goddessmystic.com/msu-reaches-deadline-for-students-and-staff-to-get-vaccinated/ EAST LANSING, Michigan – Effective today, all students, staff, and faculty at Michigan State University must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Julian Stainback is not. He is starting his final year at MSU. “It’s last year and it’s bittersweet because I can finally be back on campus,” Stainback said. He’s excited for a more normal year […]]]>

EAST LANSING, Michigan – Effective today, all students, staff, and faculty at Michigan State University must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Julian Stainback is not.

He is starting his final year at MSU.

“It’s last year and it’s bittersweet because I can finally be back on campus,” Stainback said.

He’s excited for a more normal year with in-person classes even if that means students need to get the COVID-19 shot.

“The process they sent out last week, indicating whether you can qualify for a medical, religious, or online-only exemption if you only take online classes,” Stainback said.

He asked for a religious exemption.

“I wrote a statement about my religious beliefs and how I feel religiously, why this exempts me from the vaccine and they said they would get back with me hopefully by the first day of school, but I haven’t received anything yet, ”Stainback said.

Pending approval, Stainback has said he will need to participate in the Spartan Spit program. If approved, he will still have to participate.

“I know that if I’m approved for a bye, I have to compete in Spartan Spit, just like a few other people I know who got exemptions,” Stainback said.

We have contacted MSU to discuss the deadline for the vaccination mandate, but have not received a response.

This mandate drew opposition.

Jeanna Norris, administrative associate and financial officer of the university, sues President Samuel Stanley and the Board of Trustees.

Norris claims she has natural immunity after recovering from the virus late last year. She said her immunologist told her that it was medically unnecessary to get the vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says scientists don’t know how long COVID will protect you from having it again.

Norris said the university threatened disciplinary action or dismissal if she and other employees did not comply with the school’s mandatory vaccination policy.

Norris is represented by the New Civil Liberties Alliance. They said two antibody tests show Norris’ strong immunity to reinfection and that she does not pose a threat to the MSU community.

The university will conduct random checks on the immunization status of students throughout the year and will follow up on all advice submitted to the MSU Misconduct hotline.

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Bo Wagner | Chuck’s take on religion and culture https://goddessmystic.com/bo-wagner-chucks-take-on-religion-and-culture/ https://goddessmystic.com/bo-wagner-chucks-take-on-religion-and-culture/#respond Tue, 31 Aug 2021 11:07:00 +0000 https://goddessmystic.com/bo-wagner-chucks-take-on-religion-and-culture/ You could start with the fact that he still believes in slavery, I guess, if you wanted to get a feel for what Chuck really is. That alone would seem to be enough for everyone to avoid it. But there’s so much more to this guy than that … His take on “the little woman” […]]]>

You could start with the fact that he still believes in slavery, I guess, if you wanted to get a feel for what Chuck really is. That alone would seem to be enough for everyone to avoid it. But there’s so much more to this guy than that …

His take on “the little woman” is, to say the least, a little behind today’s standards. His wife is literally not allowed to leave the house without his express permission, and only then if she is accompanied by him or another male relative. As for sex, she has exactly two choices in the matter: give it to her when she wants it, and give it to her even if she doesn’t want it. Saying “no” is not an option for him; he will literally beat her if she does. In fact, he beats her for a lot of things, including the fact that she is, in his words, “rebellious.”

It’s not that Chuck isn’t religious. In fact, he is very religious. So much so that he believes that everyone should pray and even fast regularly. And when I say everyone, I mean even the kids. If the children oppose all of this, they are also beaten. And his pastor is no help; he actually encourages Chuck and all the other men in his church to do it that way.

A few months ago, Sarah, his wife, lost her mother to cancer. Sarah was devastated. But, true to his ways, Chuck decided to make things even worse for her. He forbids his wife to go to his mother’s grave. Her excuse was that she was not strong enough to bear to see a grave like this since she is “only a woman”.

Children are naturally irritated by all of this. But they know better than to say anything about it. They also know that, even when they are growing up, they cannot leave the church; their father threatened to kill them if they did, and he sincerely means it.

There are so many other things in Chuck’s beliefs and behavior. His wife wants to dye her hair black, and he won’t let her. She wants to get insurance on the family, he refuses. She wants to hang a nice picture on the living room wall, but he forbids it. And every time she leaves the house, she has to wear a full face mask, not to avoid the covid, but because he doesn’t want anyone to see her face.

Some of you reading this are furious and want to get into the heart of the Bible belt and find this “Chuck” and drag him behind his own pyre and teach him some good manners. Others, however, have figured out that the stake is somewhere in Afghanistan and that Chuck is in fact fundamentalist Islam and Sharia law, which all of Afghanistan is now plunged under, probably for countless generations. future.

Not a single thing I said about “Chuck” was an opinion, and I didn’t have to google it. I simply bought and read the Quran, Hadiths and The Reliance Of The Traveler: A Classic Manual Of Islamic Sacred Law.

Right now everyone is focused on the debacle of our withdrawal from Afghanistan. And I don’t minimize that at all. The fact that our military was withdrawn before our citizens were evacuated, leaving them to the wolves around them, is without a doubt the most thoughtless and unforgivable act in presidential history. Add to this the almost immediate death of thirteen of our military at the hands of a suicide bomber at Kabul airport due to a complete failure of planning and logistics, and the fact that a terrorist organization now has no only an entire country, but a whole full of high-tech equipment from the United States, and it is clear that our government is currently the laughing stock of the whole world.

But while this is where everyone is focused, the point is, long after those memories have been swept under the carpet for us to forget, there will still be a nation of women and children who have. been protected for twenty years and yet now suffer from indescribable conditions every day and are brainwashed into believing that this is the way it should be.

There are three things that all of us in America’s freedom should be doing right now. The first is to pray for the Afghan people every day. I know we all have a thousand things on our plates right now, but these people need someone to touch Heaven for them. The second is to send and support missionaries who will go there and everywhere else with the gospel of Christ. The third is to be grateful for the culture of freedom and liberty that Christianity has produced for us here. When the local believers come to your door here, they will carry leaflets and Bibles, not machine guns and swords, and they will invite you to come, without threatening to kill you if you don’t.

2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Look forward to having it and pray that the Afghan people will one day.

Bo Wagner is pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Mooresboro, North Carolina, a widely traveled evangelist and the author of several books. His books are available on Amazon and at www.wordofhismouth.com. Pastor Wagner can be contacted by email at 2knowhim@cbc-web.org.

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Pediatricians Sue Biden Administration https://goddessmystic.com/pediatricians-sue-biden-administration/ https://goddessmystic.com/pediatricians-sue-biden-administration/#respond Fri, 27 Aug 2021 23:34:51 +0000 https://goddessmystic.com/pediatricians-sue-biden-administration/ Medical professionals are suing President Joe Biden’s administration for a mandate requiring doctors to perform transgender surgeries in violation of their religious beliefs or medical judgment. Represented by the Defending Freedom Alliance, the American College of Pediatricians, the Catholic Medical Association and an OB-GYN doctor specializing in adolescent care filed a lawsuit on Thursday in […]]]>

Medical professionals are suing President Joe Biden’s administration for a mandate requiring doctors to perform transgender surgeries in violation of their religious beliefs or medical judgment.

Represented by the Defending Freedom Alliance, the American College of Pediatricians, the Catholic Medical Association and an OB-GYN doctor specializing in adolescent care filed a lawsuit on Thursday in US District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Chattanooga against the US Department of Health. and Personal Services.

“The law and the medical profession have long recognized and respected the biological differences between boys and girls and their unique health care needs. Forcing doctors to prescribe transitional hormones for 13-year-old teens or to perform life-changing surgeries for teens is illegal, unethical and dangerous, ”said Ryan Bangert, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, in a press release.

“President Biden’s health and social services department goes far beyond his authority and in so doing endangers the psychological and physical health of children,” Bangert said. “Our clients rightly oppose on medical, ethical, religious and conscience grounds this illegal government mandate to provide gender transition procedures.”

The two medical associations represent 3,000 physicians and medical professionals, Alliance Defending Freedom said in a statement.

“Doctors should never be forced to perform a controversial and often medically dangerous procedure that goes against their best judgment, conscience or religion, especially when dealing with vulnerable children suffering from pain. mental and emotional confusion, ”Julie Marie Blake, Alliance Defending Freedom senior. advice, said in a statement.

“Forcing physicians to engage in experimental medicine that poses a risk to patients – or faces huge financial penalties, the withdrawal of federal funding, or the removal of their ability to practice medicine – is an extreme violation. constitutional rights of physicians and certainly not in the best interests of the patients they serve, ”continued Blake.

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Why the religious discrimination bill will overthrow women’s rights https://goddessmystic.com/why-the-religious-discrimination-bill-will-overthrow-womens-rights/ https://goddessmystic.com/why-the-religious-discrimination-bill-will-overthrow-womens-rights/#respond Tue, 24 Aug 2021 05:24:23 +0000 https://goddessmystic.com/why-the-religious-discrimination-bill-will-overthrow-womens-rights/ As women in Australia rally against the government’s response to sexual violence, fire is about to be set on women’s rights fire. If the Morrison government brings back its infamous religious discrimination bill in 2021, as Michaelia Cash has suggested, the Morrison government will have definitely sealed its fate with many female voters. The problem […]]]>

As women in Australia rally against the government’s response to sexual violence, fire is about to be set on women’s rights fire.

If the Morrison government brings back its infamous religious discrimination bill in 2021, as Michaelia Cash has suggested, the Morrison government will have definitely sealed its fate with many female voters.

The problem with the bill was that instead of preventing discrimination against believers, it allowed discrimination in the name of faith.

While media reports have focused on the issues raised by the LGBTIQ + community about this bill, the intersectional concerns of women in Australia must be heard.

In the current political environment, it is hard to believe that the government will introduce a bill so harmful to women. In what will be one of the biggest reversals of Australian women’s rights of this century, the bill will remove hard-fought protections in the workplace and in healthcare.

The bill would allow so-called “statements of belief” to override all workplace codes of conduct, and even anti-bullying laws in some states.

For example, a man in a managerial position could turn to social media to deplore the single status of one of his collaborators, or to condemn the women in his office for being employed outside the office. House.

A single mother who, when she drops her child off at daycare, may be told by an educator that she is guilty of having divorced.

In these cases, and many others like them, the person projecting the aspirations would be protected by the bill.

Given our work in women’s health services, we are particularly concerned about the impact of the bill on women’s access to essential health care.

The bill provides for a “conscientious objection” for all health care providers to any treatment they find objectionable. This allows health care providers to refuse the treatment women need, even when it is medically necessary, without referring them to another care provider.

For example, a pharmacist might refuse to provide the emergency contraceptive pill or refuse to provide hormone therapy; a doctor may intentionally mislead a patient or refuse to prescribe contraceptives; and a general practitioner could tell a patient who has been sexually assaulted that she invited the abuse because of her appearance or behavior.

The bill also allows health care providers to refuse to provide necessary health information, or even to refuse referral to a doctor who could provide the information.

Under the bill, health care providers could say things that are offensive to patients – misogynistic statements, blaming victims, stigmatizing.

Indeed, the bill allows health professionals to express to patients beliefs that cause them psychological harm, including at a level defined by law as causing “distress, grief, fear or anger “.

How bad could it be?

Both versions of the bill allowed for “justifiable” negative effects on patients if decisions or statements are based on religious beliefs. In an attempt to define this, the second version of the bill says that harm is considered unjustifiable if it results in death or serious injury. Minor or moderate injuries or damage to the health and well-being of the patient are therefore permitted.

It has never been clear why the bill puts so much emphasis on health professionals.

The right of a healthcare professional to conscientious objection is already enshrined in legislation (such as various state and territorial laws legislating on access to procedures for termination of pregnancy and end of life) and in professional codes of conduct.

Rolling back equity in employment and health care threatens to re-stigmatize women in all of our diversity and reignite the chauvinism we hoped was waning.

We call on the most moderate and sensible members of government to ensure that the religious discrimination bill is completely dropped.

Make the canning bill a turning point in the Morrison government’s relationship with Australian women.

We also call on the Labor opposition to make it clear that it will vote en bloc against this backward legislation.

Show us that you care about women’s lives, our health and our safety.

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Bonney Corbin is the National Chairperson of the Australian Women’s Health Network. Bonney is an urban planner and planner with postgraduate degrees in public policy and conflict resolution. Bonney works at Marie Stopes Australia as a Policy Officer, having worked at the intersections of women’s rights, gender-based violence and determinants of health in Australia, South and South East Asia, Middle East and in the South Pacific. His other board appointments include Genetic Alliance Australia and Violence Prevention Australia.

Jo flanagan is CEO of Women’s Health Tasmania and a board member of the Australian Women’s Health Network. In addition to working in women’s services, Jo led Tasmania’s largest NGO social policy unit for 15 years and has worked extensively in social policy, advocacy and research. Jo is a member of the Tasmanian Fetal Alcohol Syndrome State Coordinating Group, the Tasmanian Government’s Family Violence Advisory Group, and is co-chair of the Tasmanian Sexual and Reproductive Health Collaborative Group.

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Old Globe will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination starting Tuesday https://goddessmystic.com/old-globe-will-require-proof-of-covid-19-vaccination-starting-tuesday/ https://goddessmystic.com/old-globe-will-require-proof-of-covid-19-vaccination-starting-tuesday/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 22:47:21 +0000 https://goddessmystic.com/old-globe-will-require-proof-of-covid-19-vaccination-starting-tuesday/ SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Starting Tuesday, people attending an event or show at the Old Globe will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. “The health and safety of the public, artists, staff and the entire community is the top priority for The Old Globe, especially as the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to […]]]>

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Starting Tuesday, people attending an event or show at the Old Globe will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

“The health and safety of the public, artists, staff and the entire community is the top priority for The Old Globe, especially as the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to evolve,” said Globe officials. “Through close consultation with medical and public health officials, we are announcing a new set of policies for attending a play or event at the Old Globe. “

“Fully vaccinated” is defined by the United States Centers for Disease Control as at least 14 days after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine – either the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna vaccine – or a dose of single injection vaccine Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

To be admitted to Globe theaters, participants must present photo ID and proof of their vaccination status. Acceptable proof of vaccination is the COVID-19 vaccination record issued at the time of inoculation, a photograph of the client’s vaccination record or a digital vaccination record.

California residents can request a digital immunization record at https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/.

Customers who do not receive COVID-19 vaccines for medical reasons or religious beliefs may attend a production at The Old Globe, but must submit negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of their receipt. entry into the establishment.

Customers under the age of 12, whose age does not yet allow vaccination, may attend a production but will be required to wear a mask or present negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test.

Documents will be checked by Globe staff members before clients are admitted. Staff will deny admission to anyone who does not provide the necessary documentation or who does not follow any policies related to COVID.

“When the Old Globe indoor theaters reopen in September, customers attending performances at these theaters – the Old Globe Theater and the Sheryl and Harvey White theaters – are required to wear masks throughout the performance as an added safety measure. “, said officials.

It is recommended, but not required, that patrons wear masks when attending the production of “Hair” at the Globe’s Lowell Davies Festival Open-Air Theater and all scheduled events at Globe’s Copley Plaza.

“Hair,” the rock musical, continues airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and ends August 31.

“Les jardins d’Anuncia”, a world premiere musical comedy commissioned by The Globe, begins September 10 and runs through October 17.

Copyright 2021, City News Service, Inc.

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Reviews | Why we need to start talking about God https://goddessmystic.com/reviews-why-we-need-to-start-talking-about-god/ https://goddessmystic.com/reviews-why-we-need-to-start-talking-about-god/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 15:45:03 +0000 https://goddessmystic.com/reviews-why-we-need-to-start-talking-about-god/ As a pastor, I see again and again that in the defining moments in people’s lives – the birth of children, marital struggles, deep losses and disappointments, moral crossroads, facing death – they speak of God and of the spiritual life. In these most tender moments, even those who do not know exactly what they […]]]>

As a pastor, I see again and again that in the defining moments in people’s lives – the birth of children, marital struggles, deep losses and disappointments, moral crossroads, facing death – they speak of God and of the spiritual life. In these most tender moments, even those who do not know exactly what they believe cannot avoid the big questions of meaning: who are we, why are we here, why do we believe what we believe, why the beauty and horror exist.

These questions are bubbling up in all of us, often spontaneously. Even when we hum for a mundane week – without consciously thinking about God or the meaning of life or death – we are still motivated in our depths by ultimate questions and assumptions about what is right and wrong, what is. true or false and what makes a good life.

The opening cheer of my weekly church service recognizes the elephant in the room. We start by saying: We are here to talk to God and talk about the things of God. Doing so can be controversial, complex, painful, tricky, and sometimes even a little embarrassing – all of the reasons we avoid talking about religion at cocktail parties. But we always do it because the subject of God and, more broadly, of transcendent truth, is hidden in every title and at every moment of our ordinary life.

This newsletter, like our opening cheer, recognizes the presence of God in the world, believing that God, faith and spirituality remain an important part of our public and private life. I will talk about the habits and practices that shape our lives, the beliefs that drive our imagination, the commitments that guide our souls.

It won’t be the same every week: although the Bible may remain the same, the journal changes every day. And different events and seasons in our lives and in society bring us back to old questions about truth, beauty, and goodness in new ways. In a cultural time when faith is often used as a baton for our political and ideological enemies, we need space to speak of belief and practice with nuance, curiosity and reflection.

So here is my opening cheer. Let’s discuss our deepest questions, our aspirations and loves, the rituals and habits that shape who we are and how we walk the world, week after week.

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International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief: History and Meaning https://goddessmystic.com/international-day-of-remembrance-for-victims-of-violence-based-on-religion-or-belief-history-and-meaning/ https://goddessmystic.com/international-day-of-remembrance-for-victims-of-violence-based-on-religion-or-belief-history-and-meaning/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 05:27:58 +0000 https://goddessmystic.com/international-day-of-remembrance-for-victims-of-violence-based-on-religion-or-belief-history-and-meaning/ International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, celebrated on August 22, highlights the importance of helping victims of religious persecution as part of UN efforts to promote rights human rights related to freedom of religion or belief. It was first formalized in 2019. The resolution was enacted immediately after […]]]>

International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, celebrated on August 22, highlights the importance of helping victims of religious persecution as part of UN efforts to promote rights human rights related to freedom of religion or belief. It was first formalized in 2019.

The resolution was enacted immediately after the attack on mosques in New Zealand and churches in Sri Lanka. The resolution was presented by Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. It has been endorsed by a small group of countries, including the United States, Iraq, Jordan, Canada, Brazil, and Pakistan.

When one reads the recent news, it is impossible to deny the fact that religious persecution is on the increase. Religious persecution affects one in three people, according to the UN report. The creation of the day was a direct response to the ever-growing problem of religious or belief-based violence, especially in its most serious expressions of international crimes such as those against humanity and even genocide.

As populism has grown exponentially in political and social spheres, it has created a wide range of hostility towards people seen as outsiders or simply different. States and religious institutions frequently use the instrumentalization of denominations or beliefs to maintain power or control and to achieve other political goals.

The United Nations strongly condemns the continued violence against religious communities. Another rationale for creating the International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief is the UN position. To mark this day, the United Nations pledged to reiterate its unwavering solidarity with the victims, which they will express by doing everything possible to prevent such attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Learning about other religions is a great way to commemorate this day. Ask a friend or acquaintance who has a different belief. Find out why people believe what they think. Attend a service or event at a home or place of worship that you would not usually attend. Make a contribution to a local church, mosque or synagogue. Pray for people of different religions.

Read all the latest news, breaking news and coronavirus news here

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Loudoun school board to vote on transgender policy after outcry – NBC4 Washington https://goddessmystic.com/loudoun-school-board-to-vote-on-transgender-policy-after-outcry-nbc4-washington/ https://goddessmystic.com/loudoun-school-board-to-vote-on-transgender-policy-after-outcry-nbc4-washington/#respond Tue, 10 Aug 2021 19:59:51 +0000 https://goddessmystic.com/loudoun-school-board-to-vote-on-transgender-policy-after-outcry-nbc4-washington/ The Loudoun County School Board will vote on a proposed policy on the treatment of transgender students on Tuesday, in their first session since parents went on fire over fairness issues chanted and shouted at a public meeting in June . Parents concerned about the transgender student policy and the way schools teach race held […]]]>

The Loudoun County School Board will vote on a proposed policy on the treatment of transgender students on Tuesday, in their first session since parents went on fire over fairness issues chanted and shouted at a public meeting in June .

Parents concerned about the transgender student policy and the way schools teach race held up signs and sang the national anthem on June 22, garnering attention across the country. One man was arrested, another was convicted of trespassing and a third person was injured. School board members have received death threats, as they did earlier this year.

More than 150 people had registered to speak at the meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., a spokesperson for Loudoun County Public Schools said.

Speakers will be subject to new meeting procedures announced on August 3, “in direct response to increased threats and unruly and dangerous behavior at the June 22 board meeting,” the school board said. in a press release.

“While the school board is committed to involving the public, the safety of all participants in the public participation process remains a concern. The safety and security of all staff, students and visitors remains our top priority, ”the school board said.

Members of the public can submit comments in person, virtually or in writing. Speakers were to register from 9 a.m. on Friday August 6 to noon on August 10. Drop-in registrations for public comment are accepted up to five minutes before the start of the meeting.

Public speakers will be allowed inside in small groups of 10, in order of speaking, and will then have no more than two minutes. Prohibited items include handbags, bags, backpacks, weapons, “sign or flag stands” and megaphones. Go here for all the details.

Asked about safety at the meeting on Tuesday evening, a spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said: “We have allocated the appropriate resources based on the nature of the public meeting and the intelligence we have developed to this day.”

The school board unanimously voted to close the public comment portion of the June 22 session after repeatedly issuing warnings about decorum and disruption.

“The meeting escalated,” a school district spokesperson said as the board ordered people to leave.

The parents chanted “Shame on you” and raised their middle fingers.

A school board meeting heated up in haste after the board voted to end public comment on a hot issue. Sheriff’s deputies responded and had to evict at least one person from the premises. News4’s Jackie Bensen reports.

School board president Brenda Sheridan said that evening the board would continue to work to make schools fair.

“We will not back down from fighting for the rights of our students and continuing to focus on equity,” she said.

Sheridan called for an end to “politically motivated antics” and said “strong voices aimed at making our schools a political battleground will not silence the work of our students.”

Proposed policy 8040 on the rights of transgender and heterosexual students would affect the use by staff of names and pronouns of transgender students; access of transgender students to sports, washrooms and locker rooms; and the training of mental health professionals in schools.

The policy became national news after Tanner Cross, an elementary school gym teacher, said in May that he would not follow the policy because he believed it would harm children and violate his religious beliefs.

The school district has placed Cross on paid administrative leave. A district court judge ruled that Cross should be reinstated, citing his rights to speech and religious freedom. The school board is appealing the decision.

Here are the main points of the proposed policy on the treatment of transgender students.

  • Staff should allow transgender and gender-wide students to “use the name and chosen gender pronouns that reflect their consistently asserted gender identity”. Staff should use students’ names and pronouns. “Staff or students who intentionally and persistently refuse to respect a student’s gender identity by using the wrong name and gender pronoun are in violation of this policy. ”
  • Staff should allow transgender and multisex students to participate in “interschool, extracurricular and extracurricular activities… in a manner consistent with the student’s gender identity”.
  • Pupils should be allowed to use toilets and changing rooms which “correspond to their consistently asserted gender identity”. Staff should “take steps to designate gender-neutral or single-use toilets commensurate with the size of the school.”
  • “All school-based mental health professionals should be trained in topics related to LGBTQ + students, including procedures to prevent and respond to bullying, harassment and identity-based discrimination. gender expression. ”
  • “The superintendent is authorized to develop regulations and school procedures to ensure consistency of practice. ”

School systems in Virginia adopt similar regulations; new state law gives counties little leeway to consider alternatives.

Go here to view the full text of proposed policy 8040.

Go here to view the Virginia Department of Education’s “Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia Public Schools”.

Stick with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story.

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When it comes to vaccination mandates, employers have the law on their side https://goddessmystic.com/when-it-comes-to-vaccination-mandates-employers-have-the-law-on-their-side/ https://goddessmystic.com/when-it-comes-to-vaccination-mandates-employers-have-the-law-on-their-side/#respond Mon, 09 Aug 2021 13:20:46 +0000 https://goddessmystic.com/when-it-comes-to-vaccination-mandates-employers-have-the-law-on-their-side/ It’s a short conversation when workers call labor lawyer Jon Meyer to ask if their employer can demand a Covid-19 vaccination and fire them if they refuse. With a few exceptions, the answer is yes, regardless of the arguments that it is illegal until the vaccines get final approval from the Food and Drug Administration. […]]]>

It’s a short conversation when workers call labor lawyer Jon Meyer to ask if their employer can demand a Covid-19 vaccination and fire them if they refuse. With a few exceptions, the answer is yes, regardless of the arguments that it is illegal until the vaccines get final approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

“It doesn’t matter whether the FDA approval is emergency or final,” said Meyer of Backus, Meyer, & Branch in Manchester. “The fact that you have the right not to be vaccinated would not be a reason why a private employer could not fire you. “

More employers in New Hampshire are considering making Covid-19 vaccines mandatory as vaccinations lag and the Delta variant increases Covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Dartmouth-Hitchcock announced this week that it would make the vaccination of its 13,000 employees compulsory by the end of September. The New Hampshire Hospital Association has called on all health care providers to do the same. Employment lawyer Jim Reidy of Sheehan Phinney, who works with employers, heard only four clients on Thursday ask questions about the legality of the mandates.

There are few restrictions on employers wishing to impose Covid-19 vaccinations.

The most common are requirements that employers provide “reasonable” accommodations for certain medical conditions and “sincere” religious beliefs. For the latter, it is not enough to say that your faith rests in the Holy Spirit for healing or to quote a passage from the Bible suggesting that the vaccine is poison, which labor lawyer Beth Deragon of Pastori Krans saw.

Reidy and Deragon said that to qualify for a religious exemption, the person must belong to the congregation and name an opposition that is part of church doctrine. And those who request religious accommodation must sign an affidavit certifying that their claims are true.

There is an additional restriction in New Hampshire. A new state law prohibits state, county, or local government from requiring that employees be vaccinated except at state hospitals, county nursing homes, or in other locations. other government-run medical facilities.

The state Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the public hospital and the Glencliff Home for the Elderly, does not currently mandate vaccines for its health workers. When asked if this will change, spokesperson Laura Montenegro said in an email: “We are reviewing our current immunization level at our facilities and this information will inform our decision making.”

Judicial decisions

Since the Covid-19, a third exemption has been requested.

The “emergency use authorization” granted to Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines requires recipients to be informed that they have “the right to accept or refuse the vaccine.” Federal officials have interpreted this to mean that employees can refuse the vaccine because it will not be forced on them, but can still be fired if they refuse.

The US Department of Justice last month released an 18-page brief detailing the history of emergency use authorization (it was first proposed by President George W. Bush) and analyzing the Congress intends to adopt it as part of a package called Project BioShield.

The department concluded that the “accept or deny” language is a requirement to inform beneficiaries of their rights, not a prohibition against dismissing them if they decline and are not eligible for an exemption.

The US Department of Justice brief cites a 2021 court ruling in which a judge came to the same conclusion, ruling that a vaccine warrant is not coercive because it gives employees who refuse a vaccine another option . “She will just have to work elsewhere,” the judge wrote.

Reidy said judges who have presided over other challenges related to the vaccine mandate have ruled in the same way.

Like Reidy, Deragon heard this objection raised.

“It seems to me that there is a group of people who are saying that this emergency clearance means you can’t force the vaccine,” Deragon said. “I don’t quite see that, given federal guidelines for immunization.” Among these guidelines is the affirmation of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of the right to require a vaccine against Covid-19.

Meyer framed his legal analysis this way: “These are arguments that sound great on social media,” he said, but have no legal basis.

Lawyers said the challenge for employers was not to issue a warrant but to enforce it legally.

“If employers say everyone needs to be vaccinated without providing these accommodations, that’s a big deal,” Deragon said.

Meyer said employers with unionized workers might not be able to demand vaccination without including it in contract negotiations. And Reidy said employers should treat all employees the same and not, for example, break rules for valuable employees who say they will stay if they can be dispensed from the vaccination mandate.

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Northwestern Mutual to Require Vaccines for Campus Employees https://goddessmystic.com/northwestern-mutual-to-require-vaccines-for-campus-employees/ https://goddessmystic.com/northwestern-mutual-to-require-vaccines-for-campus-employees/#respond Fri, 06 Aug 2021 20:50:00 +0000 https://goddessmystic.com/northwestern-mutual-to-require-vaccines-for-campus-employees/ Northwestern Mutual to Require Vaccines for Campus Employees Lawyer says employers can demand COVID-19 vaccine Update: 3:50 p.m. CDT August 6, 2021 As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Northwestern Mutual says it will require its employees who choose to work on campus to be vaccinated against COVID, effective immediately. “We require that employees and contractors […]]]>

Northwestern Mutual to Require Vaccines for Campus Employees

Lawyer says employers can demand COVID-19 vaccine

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Northwestern Mutual says it will require its employees who choose to work on campus to be vaccinated against COVID, effective immediately. “We require that employees and contractors who access our campuses be fully vaccinated and provide full proof of vaccination,” a spokesperson for Northwestern Mutual told WISN 12 News. She said about 2,200 employees currently work at their campuses in Milwaukee, Franklin and New York, and they expect that number to increase over time. The company has 6,700 employees. Most of Wisconsin’s major health care systems also require employees to get vaccinated. Last week, WISN 12 News spoke with an employment lawyer who said companies were allowed to demand the COVID-19 vaccine. yes, employers can, ”said Sarah Platt. “And it’s not a super new concept. Other vaccines have been needed for a long time.”

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Northwestern Mutual says it will require its employees who choose to work on campus to be vaccinated against COVID, effective immediately.

“We require that employees and contractors who access our campuses be fully vaccinated and provide full proof of vaccination,” a spokesperson for Northwestern Mutual told WISN 12 News.

She said about 2,200 employees currently work at their campuses in Milwaukee, Franklin and New York, and they expect that number to increase over time.

The company has 6,700 employees.

Most of Wisconsin’s major health care systems also require employees to get vaccinated.

Last week, WISN 12 News spoke with an employment lawyer who said companies were allowed to demand the COVID-19 vaccine.

There are exceptions.

By law, employers cannot mandate vaccination if there are disabilities or religious beliefs involved.

“Outside of those exceptions, yes employers can,” said Sarah Platt. “And it’s not a super new concept. Other vaccines have been needed for a long time.”

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