Highlights from some of the week's top ethics news stories.
This week the Catholic Church announced a major campaign to promote religious liberty that will span the next few years. The campaign is sparked by controversies surrounding the Affordable Care Act and other government programs that may threaten the liberty and autonomy of the Church. Religious liberty concerns will now be addressed in church services, bulletins and pamphlets, and in the policies of many Catholic organizations.
read more......CNN - After Contraception Controversy, Catholic Church Announces Religious Freedom Campaign
read the announcement from the Church.......U.S. Conference of Catholic Churches Announcement
Justice in Phoenix
The battle between Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the U.S. Justice Department came to a head this week. Arpaio faces accusations of mistreatment of prisoners and discrimination against Hispanic residents. He is now refusing to allow a court-appointed third party overseer in his department. The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to take civil action.
read more......The New York Times - Arizona: Sheriff is Accused of Bad Faith Negotiations
read the most recent developments......CNN - Justice Department Pressures Arizona County Attorney
read a perspective from Arizona....Arizona Central - Justice Department Heads Toward Lawsuit
Tension mounted this week in the historic recall election of Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. The election will take place in June. Walker has been judged negatively in his dealings with labor unions. The petition for recall was 900,000 signatures strong. Tensions have arisen as Walker has recently launched attack adds against his opponents.
read more......Huffington Post - Scott Walker Campaign Releases Attack Adds
watch video.....Washington Post - Wisconsin Recall Elections
|Source: America's Union Movement|
World News, Transgender Rights
The Miss Universe organization has changed its rules for transgender contestants. Jenna Talackova is a transgender competitor in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. The organization has since changed its rule that all contestants must be naturally born females to include contestants who are legally female.
read more......LA Times - Miss Universe to Allow Transgender Entries
read more......CBS News - Miss Universe Pageant Allowing Transgender Women
read a Canadian perspective.....National Post - Jenna Talackova Forces Miss Universe Rule Change
|Jenna Talackova, Source: National Post|