What exactly is the Catholic hierarchy up to? Are the bishops genuinely concerned about religious freedom or are they engaging in a partisan power play?
Today is the first day of the so-called “Fortnight for Freedom,” a prelate project supposedly intended to rally parishioners against an alleged Obama administration assault on religious freedom.
It’s still hard for me to believe that in light of the sluggish economic recovery, ongoing worries over jobs and mounting home foreclosures that most Americans are interested in a protracted discussion over access to contraceptives.
Yet here we are. The issue simply will not go away, chiefly because some misguided clergy won’t let it die.
The U.S. House of Representatives today is holding a hearing on “religious liberty.” Only it’s not a hearing on religious liberty – it’s a hearing about giving powerful religious groups the right to impose their theology on anyone in sight.
If Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Coyler get their way, it will be legal to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the state – as long as you do it in the name of religion.
A Lawrence, Kan., ordinance that offers broader protections against discrimination than state laws, prevents outright forms of bias. But a bill being considered by the Kansas House of Representatives, HB 2260, would overturn that ordinance.
Who gets to decide how you run your life: you or a small group of aggressive religious leaders?
In a nation that separates religion and government, the answer ought to be easy. Apparently it’s not.
Every morning, it seems, I pick up The Washington Post and read another article or column about President Barack Obama’s decision to require employers to provide free coverage of birth control in their health insurance plans.
The move, announced on Jan. 20 by the Department of Health and Human Services, has sparked some controversy because, while it exempts houses of worship, it doesn’t exempt church-related institutions. Thus, church-owned hospitals, colleges and other entities will have to buy insurance plans for their employees that include contraceptive coverage.