LANSING, Mich. –– Can doctors and emergency medical technicians legally refuse to give life saving assistance to a gay person, because of their religious beliefs? That question is being debated in the Michigan legislature.
The Republican-led House has approved the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which essentially states that people do not have to perform an act that would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
“For example, a Christian doctor who does not believe in a gay lifestyle would not have to treat a gay patient,” CBS Detroit legal analyst Charlie Langton said. “Or perhaps, a Jewish butcher would not have to handle non-Kosher meat.”
In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, journalist Chris Mooney decided to see what psychologists could tell him about racial prejudice.
He started by looking at America’s racial paradox: On the one hand, overt expressions of prejudice have grown markedly less common than they were in the Archie Bunker era. And yet, the killings of Michael Brown, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, and so many others remind us that we are far from a prejudice-free society.
Mooney learned that science offers an explanation for this paradox, albeit a very uncomfortable one. To find out what it is—and to learn how we can begin to fix our racist brains—clickhere. [READ MORE]
Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in a powerful essay for Bloomberg’s Businessweek.
In the essay, published Thursday, Cook said that he has never denied being gay, but has not publicly discussed his sexuality until now: “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”