ATLANTA — The Dalai Lama has told an audience in suburban Atlanta to focus on love and to be grateful for all that they have.
The Tibetan Buddhist leader spoke to thousands of people last week at the Gwinnett Center arena.
The focus of this visit is “secular ethics,” which is described as a system of shared principles that go beyond religious differences while still respecting and valuing the significance of religion in people’s lives.
The Dalai Lama has held the title of presidential distinguished professor at Emory University since October 2007 and has visited Emory’s campus five times.
PITTSBURGH — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is suing the federal government again seeking to overturn a looming requirement that employers offer contraceptive coverage in employee health plans.
A judge in November dismissed a previous lawsuit, saying the diocese has not been harmed by the legislation and that the government had promised to take steps to address religious objections.
But the new federal lawsuit claims such promises have proven to be “empty words” — and said the final regulations that take effect Jan. 1 are worse than the proposed regulations that prompted last year’s lawsuit.
The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A Montgomery police department initiative aimed at sending clergy members to crime scenes has caught criticism from an atheist organization and the American Civil Liberties Union.
The initiative, named Operation Good Shepherd, faces scrutiny from leaders of Alabama’s ACLU chapter and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Leaders of the groups say the program raises First Amendment concerns.
Susan Watson of ACLU Alabama says the government is required to be neutral in terms of religion, and the initiative makes it look like the department is favoring one belief system over others.
Montgomery Public Safety Director Chris Murphy says he’ll discuss the initiative with the groups, but asserts that it’s meant to lower Montgomery’s violent crime rate.