A young man died of a drug overdose after his mysterious release from a Christian treatment center. Rather than going through the judicial system, the contract he signed requires his family to find justice through Christian arbitration. Turns out the contractually mandated use of religious mediation is more widespread than anyone would have thought.
This is a bit of a departure from our normal blog posts, but this story of one church and a proposed bike lane is an example of an institution using a religious freedom argument inappropriately.
Last week, Americans United, the ACLU, and the ACLU of Northern California submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a lawsuit by employees against Dignity Health, a Catholic hospital system and one of the largest not-for-profit provider hospital providers in the United States.