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Health care
7:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Missouri House Committee Examines Medical Conscience Bill

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

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.

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Religious Discrimination
5:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

St. Louis Taxi Drivers Protest For Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Taxi cab drivers protest outside of City Hall.
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

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.

Raja Naeem jokes that his attorney calls him "the Muslim Rosa Parks."

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.

He wore it anyway, and says his Kufi - his hat - was thrown on the ground, which he says is a great insult.

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Medical conscience bill
10:50 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Bill Opponents Say Would 'Terrorize Rape Victims' Passes Missouri House

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Updated 12:02 p.m. Edited formatting 12:44 p.m.

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.

The House sent the measure to the Senate Tuesday with a 116-41 vote.

Earlier story:

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would allow medical workers to refuse to take part in procedures that violate their religious or ethical beliefs.

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Religion/Law
2:34 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

St. Louis Taxi Driver Claims Religious Discrimination In Suit Against City, Others

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Updated to correct spelling of Patti Hageman's name

A St. Louis taxi driver has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, the City of St. Louis and Whelan Security.

Raja Naeem filed the lawsuit this morning following his Dec. 7 arrest at Lambert Airport.

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Religious freedom caucuses
4:46 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Lawmakers In Mo., Other States, Forming 'Religious Freedom' Caucuses

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri is one of nine states where lawmakers are forming caucuses they say will focus on preserving religious freedom.

Departing State Representative Mike McGhee (R, Odessa) is organizing Missouri’s caucus.  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.

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Missouri Laws
1:58 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Which new Mo. laws take effect tomorrow?

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

Several new laws will take effect in Missouri tomorrow, including one that’s being challenged in federal court.

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Faith & Environment
6:00 am
Sun August 26, 2012

St. Louis interfaith gathering to focus on environment

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People from a range of religious traditions and faiths will be gathering this afternoon to talk about environmental sustainability.

St. Louis EcoFaith co-organizer Steve Lawler says the goal is to build an interfaith network that can support environmental awareness and action.

Himself an Episcopal priest, Lawler says concern for the environment is integral to many different religions, from Buddhism to Islam.

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St. Louis Public Schools
5:43 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

SLPS releases first-day attendance numbers

Students filing in for the first day of school at Gateway Elementary School in St. Louis.
(via St. Louis Public Schools)

Updated 5:10 p.m. Aug. 13:

St. Louis Public Schools has released its attendance figures for the first day of school:

  • 20,283 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade attended classes today
  • According to SLPS, the number shows a 10.25 percent increase over the previous year’s first day attendance of 18,397

Three new schools opened to address the closing of six Imagine charter schools in St. Louis. The new schools had the following first-day attendance numbers:

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Beyond November
6:40 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Missouri Right to Pray, or wrong to confuse? Voters to decide

Albrecht Dürer Wikimedia Commons

When voters go to the polls on Tuesday they’ll be asked to decide on an amendment to the state constitution. Supporters say the Missouri Right to Pray amendment will protect residents’ right to practice their religion. Those against it say it’s not only redundant, but sneaky.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach reports.

"We need to make sure that people don't have to live in fear..."

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House of Worship Protection Act
7:11 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Bill sent to Gov. Nixon would criminalize disturbance of worship services in Mo.

A house of worship in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Among the 115 bills sent to Governor Jay Nixon (D) this year is one that would make it a crime to deliberately disturb worship services in Missouri.

The measure would make it a misdemeanor to use, “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.  It was sponsored by Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter).

“It’s important for citizens here in Missouri to have their First Amendment rights protected," Mayer said.  "There (have) been instances across the country where there have been actual disturbances in churches and synagogues.”

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