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Justice For All: The Supreme Court And The Role Of The Justices’ Religious Beliefs

Today’s Washington Post has an interesting story about how the personal religious beliefs of members of the Supreme Court might affect their decisions.

The question is especially relevant now with the high court poised to hear oral arguments tomorrow in a pair of cases that could have far-reaching consequences for what religious freedom means. Read more

Straying Flock: Survey Finds Most Catholics Worldwide Don’t Oppose Birth Control

As the Catholic hierarchy and its Religious Right allies fight on against the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control mandate, it seems increasingly clear that they are engaging in a war their flock doesn’t support. Read more

Religious Freedom For All: Another Dream Of Dr. Martin Luther King

Note: Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. This blog post is a re-publication on an item that originally appeared on Jan. 13, 2006.

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

A Little List: The Top Ten Church-State Stories Of 2013

It’s that time of year when people are compiling lists. So let’s look at the Top Ten Church-State Stories of 2013.

1. Greece, N.Y., prayer case argued before U.S. Supreme Court: An Americans United-sponsored lawsuit challenging legislative prayer in the city of Greece, N.Y., reached the Supreme Court. Read more

The Error Driven Life: Rick Warren Spouts Misinformation About Health Care

Remember Rick Warren? This mega-church pastor (whom I once referred to as “Jerry Falwell in a Hawaiian shirt” during a cable news interview) has been working hard to make himself a national figure, with mixed results. Read more

Contrary Clerics: Bishops Reject Latest Obama Olive Branch On Contraceptives

Yesterday the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a formal statement reacting to the Obama administration’s latest effort at compromise on birth control. To no one’s surprise, the bishops rejected the proposal.

As you might recall, federal regulations have been issued under the Affordable Care Act concerning what the types of coverage that health care plans must include. Contraceptives are, of course, on the list. Read more

New Round, Old Fight: Why The Religious Right Rejects The Obama Compromise Over Birth Control

I continue to be amazed that in the year 2013 our nation continues to grapple with the issue of access to contraceptives, a matter most advanced nations laid to rest long ago.

On Friday, the Obama administration made another attempt to address the concerns of conservative religious employers who say they don’t want to provide birth control for employees. Once again, it’s not going well. Read more

Batty Over Birth Control: Setting The Record Straight About The Contraceptive Mandate

Starting today, a number of provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that affect primarily women’s health begin taking effect. One of them is a mandate that most employers contract with an insurance firm that provides no-cost birth control. Read more

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