Whole-Patient Care

Several months ago, I blogged about the ongoing debates surrounding health care reform and the questions President Obama’s bill raised about the relationship between religion and medical care. Read the rest of this entry »


Praying for Wellness

A couple of weeks ago Caity, Tanenbaum’s Program and Communications Associate, asked us to consider when using prayer in public settings is OK. As she noted in her post, while some may find prayer helpful, others feel uncomfortable or insulted if made to observe another’s religious practice.

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Christianity – The New Minority?

While it may seem counterintuitive, considering that Christianity is the majority religion in the US, I’ve been noticing an interesting trend in the media: there seems to be a growing number of cases in which Christian employees maintain that they were subject to religious discrimination in the workplace.  Read the rest of this entry »

Health Care Hoopla

It’s been hard to miss the current debates over President Obama’s health care reform. This hot button issue has liberals and conservatives going head-to-head and dominating the summer news cycle.  But all political disputes aside, the bill raises questions about the relationship between religion and health care and all kinds of religious groups are scrambling to have their voices heard including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, faith-based mutual insurers, and the Sikh Council on Religion and Education. Read the rest of this entry »

Let the Games Begin

Historically, America hasn’t had the easiest time adjusting to changes in the religious landscape.  Getting through the apprehension and confusion surrounding new or imported beliefs and arriving at some level of tolerance and respect took months, or years.  Now, atheism and agnosticism are on the rise – the Pew Forum reports that over 16% of American adults say they are unaffiliated and not religious (atheists, agnostics, secular individuals and those who describe their religion “as nothing in particular”) – and the process of dealing with new interreligious [mis]understandings has begun yet again.

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Sikhs in the Spotlight

In the last week, the Sikh population of the United States has come under fire in several workplace environments.  Traditionally, Sikhs are required by their religion, among other things, to refrain from cutting their hair and to wear a turban and beard.  Yet again, this has become a hot button issue for two organizations requiring uniforms in the workplace: New York’s MTA and the U.S. MilitaryRead the rest of this entry »

Media Madness

My last health care post focused on the case of Daniel Hauser, a thirteen year-old diagnosed with life-threatening Hodgkin’s lymphoma, whose personal and familial religious convictions stood in the way of medical treatment.  In the public sphere, debate swirled around issues of medicine, religion, and children’s welfare, with the drama being accented when mother and son took flight to Mexico in an attempt to skirt the Minnesota judicial system.  This hot topic story came to a slightly anti-climatic conclusion when the pair returned to the United States voluntarily, and chemotherapy treatment was consented to, and begun, shortly after. Read the rest of this entry »