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Birth Control Battles: The Theocrats’ Long War On Contraceptive Access

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.

Unreasonable Argument: Sometimes What Everyone Knows Just Isn’t So

Over the weekend, a group of atheists, humanists, agnostics and others held a “Reason Rally” in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Thousands of people attended the event, which was designed in part to express support for secular government and separation of church and state. This is an audience we want to reach, so Americans United had an informational table at the rally.

Swimming Lesson: Public Pool Reinstates Religiously Motivated Sex-Segregated Hours

A public swimming pool in New York City has reinstated sex-segregated swimming hours at the request of the local Hasidic Jewish community.

The pool, located on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, had hosted sex-segregated hours for two decades until, according to the Forward, administrators had intended to suspend the practice after the New York City Commission on Human Rights warned that it violated city law.

Scandalous Sentence: Judge Orders Catholic Man To Attend Protestant Church Instead Of Sending Him To Jail

An Ohio judge who likes “creative sentencing” has ordered a Catholic man to attend Protestant church services rather than sending him to jail.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge William Mallory has a reputation for handing out unusual sentences – and this week he chose one for Jake Strotman that may be unconstitutional.

Genuine Oppression: The Religious Right Should Study China To Learn What Real Christian Persecution Looks Like

In what is a genuine case of government-sponsored religious persecution, Chinese authorities have reportedly removed crosses from 1,200 to 1,700 churches over the past two years in an apparent attempt to keep the symbol from public view.

The New York Times reported last week that the campaign has been mostly restricted to the country’s heavily Christian Zhejiang province, but human rights activists fear it will soon expand.