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Say You (Don’t) Want A Revolution?: Perkins Proves To Be No Prophet

Almost exactly three years ago, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins appeared on a far-right radio program and predicted that the country was on the verge of revolution.

If the Supreme Court upheld marriage equality, Perkins opined, the United States might split in two. Read more

Americans United Tells Employers and Schools “Hands Off My Birth Control”

Americans United joined over 15 other organizations last Wednesday morning outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in a show of support for the right of all women to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions. The groups, which included both secular and faith-based organizations, gathered on the steps of the court in response to the hearing of Zubik v. Burwell. AU presented a brief to the court on behalf of more than 240 students from religiously affiliated universities that could be impacted by this decision. Read more

Radical Recommendations?: ‘Religious Liberty’ Issues Continue To Roil Presidential Race

Days after recommending that the U.S. government place Muslim neighborhoods under surveillance, presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a list of “religious liberty” policy recommendations formulated by his Religious Liberty Advisory Council. Read more

Birth Control Battle: U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Limits Of ‘Religious Freedom’

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. Read more

Museum Misadventure: Ky. Elementary School Takes Students To Ken Ham’s Creationist Exhibition

A Kentucky elementary school has a strange concept of what constitutes a reward given that it took a group of students to Ken Ham’s Creation Museum in 2012 as a prize for having “perfect” attendance.

“Perfect” belongs in quotes, here, because Lee County Elementary in Petersburg, Ky., has a rather flexible definition of perfection: students could miss one day of school and still qualify for flawless attendance. (Who knew perfection was open to interpretation?) Read more

Love Trumps Hate: LGBT Rights Group Will Continue To Meet At Public High School

A beleaguered Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) may continue to meet in a Franklin County, Tenn., high school — for now.

School board officials met this week to determine whether they will disband all clubs at Franklin County High School (FCHS) or allow them to operate subject to certain conditions. Read more

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