Americans Like Religious Freedom (for Christians), Israel Surveillance Snares U.S. Legislators, ACLU Sues Catholic Hospital: A.M. Links


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  • Americans do value religious freedom—for Christians. In a recent poll, 82 percent said Christians' religious rights matter, but only 70 percent said the same for Jews, 67 percent for Mormons, and 61 percent for Muslims. 
  • The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a California hospital over its refusal to allow the doctor-recommended sterilization of a patient because Catholic bishops consider it "evil."
  • U.S. spying on Israel has turned up some unexpected results… 
  • "It's a lot harder to assume that sex workers are mindless, manipulated fuckbots when they're tweeting thoughts on feminism, racial justice, or the newest Star Wars film," notes Motherboard
  • California's law mandating a bazillion lawsuits equal pay for "substantially similar" work goes into effect this week
  • While Twitter's terms previously prohibited promoting "violence against others," they now only prohibit this behavior when it's directed against people "on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or disease." 
  • Pot branding has come a long way.

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