I spent several hours yesterday morning hanging around outside the Supreme Court. It was a very lively scene.
People of faith who live in the United States sometimes have to make compromises between their personal beliefs and following the law. As far as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is concerned, there is no obvious way to distinguish when violating one’s faith is acceptable and when it isn’t.
“Sometimes when a religious person…is a member of a society he does have to accept all sorts of things that are terrible to him,” said Kennedy during oral arguments this morning in the consolidated case of Zubik v. Burwell.
Saturday is Religious Freedom Day. While it’s not one of our most well-known or popular holidays, Religious Freedom Day shouldn’t be overlooked. Our country is in the middle of a campaign, spearheaded by far-right religious groups and their political allies, to redefine religious freedom. We cannot allow this to happen.
On Oct. 22, Texas health investigators raided Planned Parenthood clinics across the state. Representatives of the Texas Office of the Inspector General demanded patient and billing records from clinics in Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio and gave them 24 hours to comply.
Advocates for women’s health swiftly condemned the raids.
A self-appointed “chastity” expert who works for a traditionalist Catholic ministry was invited to speak in two El Paso, Texas, high schools last month.
Jason Evert runs an outfit called Chastity Project, which seeks to convince women not to use birth-control pills. The group also takes anti-gay stands and makes claims that are at best medically inaccurate. One video on Evert’s website makes a scientifically disproven claim that birth control pills cause abortions.
A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Washington state regulations that require pharmacies to fill prescriptions that their owners may find objectionable, a decision applauded by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The July 23 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals protects Americans’ access to necessary medications and health care, AU said.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted correctly today by upholding Washington state regulations that require pharmacies to fill prescriptions that their owners may find objectionable, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the most recent version of the case, arguing that the regulations do not violate the religious freedom rights of pharmacy owners.
When it comes to religion-based refusals, much of the focus in recent months has been on issues that stem from the widespread legalization of marriage equality. But there are other significant battles pertaining to “religious freedom,” one of which is the ongoing war some nonprofits are waging against birth control.
As years pass, historical figures start to get a little fuzzy around the edges. This is especially true of those men and women who loom large over public consciousness. Activist groups, eager to co-opt these important historical personages, start subtly rewriting history.