religion http://news.stlpublicradio.org en New Law Protects Religious Expression At Missouri's Public Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-law-protects-religious-expression-missouris-public-schools <p>A newly signed law designed to protect religious expression in Missouri’s public schools reinforces a constitutional amendment passed two years ago, but some say that it could lead to fewer opportunities for students to express their religious views.</p><p>The law, <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/biltxt/truly/HB1303T.htm">HB1303</a>, was signed last week by Gov. Jay Nixon. Dubbed the “Missouri Student Religious Liberties Act,” it says that:</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:19:56 +0000 Dale Singer 37840 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Law Protects Religious Expression At Missouri's Public Schools Cathedral's Unique Good Friday Service Merges The Gospel And The Blues http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cathedrals-unique-good-friday-service-merges-gospel-and-blues <p>The blues will spill out the open front doors of <a href="http://www.christchurchcathedral.us/default.aspx">Christ Church Cathedral </a>in downtown St. Louis on Good Friday evening as local performers join in a service that blends religion with music rooted in city tradition.</p><p>The Very Rev. Mike Kinman, dean of the Episcopal cathedral, says blues will be incorporated throughout the program. The service will begin with a dramatic reading of gospel accounts of the passion of Jesus Christ and will conclude with a live concert.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:06:35 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 35371 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cathedral's Unique Good Friday Service Merges The Gospel And The Blues Author Discussion: 'Mission at Nuremberg' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/author-discussion-mission-nuremberg <p>At the close of World War II, Adolph Hitler committed suicide rather than face a world not shaped to his liking. So too did high-ranking Nazi officials Joseph Goebbel and Heinrich Himmler. But 23 of the leaders of the Third Reich remained alive to face justice for their crimes.</p><p>From November 1945 to October 1946, the world watched as the Allied forces tried 21 of those leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the background, unnoticed by most, was an army chaplain from St. Louis named Henry Gerecke.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:58:55 +0000 Camille Phillips 35121 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Author Discussion: 'Mission at Nuremberg' Missouri House Committee Examines Medical Conscience Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-house-committee-examines-medical-conscience-bill <p>Legislation to allow medical professionals to refuse to take part in procedures that violate their religious or personal beliefs was heard Wednesday by a Missouri House committee.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:03:06 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33351 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri House Committee Examines Medical Conscience Bill St. Louis Taxi Drivers Protest For Religious Discrimination Lawsuit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-taxi-drivers-protest-religious-discrimination-lawsuit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About two dozen taxi drivers protested outside of City Hall in St. Louis on Monday, denouncing a Muslim cab driver's arrest for wearing his religious clothing while on the job.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Raja&nbsp;Naeem&nbsp;jokes that his attorney calls him "the Muslim Rosa Parks."</span></p><p>The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission warned him that he couldn't wear his religious clothing while picking up customers from Lambert airport, and that he would be arrested if he did.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 22:04:46 +0000 Chris McDaniel 25234 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Taxi Drivers Protest For Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Bill Opponents Say Would 'Terrorize Rape Victims' Passes Missouri House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-opponents-say-would-terrorize-rape-victims-passes-missouri-house <p><em>Updated 12:02 p.m. Edited formatting 12:44 p.m.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health care workers could refuse to participate in procedures or research that violates their religious, moral or ethical principles under a measure passed by the Missouri House.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House sent the measure to the Senate Tuesday with a 116-41 vote.</span></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier story:</em></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 03:50:55 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 10102 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill Opponents Say Would 'Terrorize Rape Victims' Passes Missouri House St. Louis Taxi Driver Claims Religious Discrimination In Suit Against City, Others http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-taxi-driver-claims-religious-discrimination-suit-against-city-others <p><em>Updated to correct spelling of Patti Hageman's name</em></p><p>A St. Louis taxi driver has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, the City of St. Louis and Whelan Security.</p><p>Raja&nbsp;Naeem filed the lawsuit this morning following his Dec. 7 arrest at Lambert Airport.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:34:34 +0000 Julie Bierach 7339 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Taxi Driver Claims Religious Discrimination In Suit Against City, Others Lawmakers In Mo., Other States, Forming 'Religious Freedom' Caucuses http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-mo-other-states-forming-religious-freedom-caucuses <p>Missouri is one of nine states where lawmakers are forming caucuses they say will focus on preserving religious freedom.</p><p>Departing&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=122">State Representative&nbsp;Mike McGhee</a> (R, Odessa)&nbsp;is organizing Missouri’s caucus.&nbsp; He says one of their functions will be to consult with lawmakers in other states on making sure that the language used in bills doesn’t result in the erosion of religious rights. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:46:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 5203 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawmakers In Mo., Other States, Forming 'Religious Freedom' Caucuses Which new Mo. laws take effect tomorrow? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/which-new-mo-laws-take-effect-tomorrow <P>Several new laws will take effect in Missouri tomorrow, including one that’s being challenged in federal&nbsp;court.</P> <P>The <A href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=1321951">House of Worship Protection Act</A> (SB 755) makes it a misdemeanor to use, quote, “profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior,” or make loud disruptive noises within or just outside a public or private building where a worship service is being held.&nbsp; The<A href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-mo-law-disturbing-worship-challenged-aclu-lawsuit"> ACLU is seek Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:58:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4421 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Which new Mo. laws take effect tomorrow? St. Louis interfaith gathering to focus on environment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-interfaith-gathering-focus-environment <p>People from a range of religious traditions and faiths will be gathering this afternoon to talk about environmental sustainability.</p><p><a href="http://ecofaith.info/more-info/">St. Louis EcoFaith</a> co-organizer Steve Lawler says the goal is to build an interfaith network that can support environmental awareness and action.</p><p>Himself an Episcopal priest, Lawler says concern for the environment is integral to many different religions, from Buddhism to Islam.</p> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4400 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis interfaith gathering to focus on environment