Yesterday marked the 51st anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, a landmark Supreme Court decision that broadened access to contraception. In a 7-2 decision, the nation’s highest court found that the Connecticut Comstock Act of 1879, which banned contraceptives, violated the Fourteenth Amendment right to privacy.
Brussels. Istanbul. Ankara. Paris. San Bernardino. Beirut.
These cities are famous for their history and their culture. More recently, they’re also known for the suffering they’ve experienced at the hands of radicalized Muslims.
Terrorism by Islamic extremists is real, but the fringe of that faith holds no exclusive provenance on religiously motivated hate. The sad truth is that in the United States, domestic terrorists have bombed abortion clinics and LGBT-themed venues, murdered minorities and agitated for the overthrow of the federal government.
An obscure Religious Right group met this week in Salt Lake City, Utah, to outline its fundamentalist vision for the United States.
On its website, the northern Illinois city of Rockford boasts of its “affordable homes on tree-lined streets in friendly neighborhoods.” Ninety miles from Chicago, it’s too far away to be an exurb and has had to carve out its own identity. The city hosts Illinois’ largest music festival and is home to a well-regarded natural history museum. The 1970s rock band Cheap Trick called Rockford home.
The State Department yesterday released its annual report on the status of religious freedom around the world. And the results are not particularly encouraging: The report concludes that the right to practice religion (or the lack thereof) freely, and without reprisal, is under threat around the globe.
Yesterday I received a press release from something calling itself the “American Pastors Network” discussing the group’s recent activities in Ukraine.
I get releases from this organization a lot. Although it calls itself “the first and largest national network of Bible-believing pastors,” the organization seems to consist mainly of a number of fundamentalist preachers in Pennsylvania. Usually they are fulminating against same-sex marriage and gay rights. They really do not like LGBT people.