We have lately become all too familiar with demands for religious exemptions from the contraception coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now, the Equitable Access to Care and Health (EACH) Act, H.R. 2061, would carve out from the ACA a religious exemption of a different nature. The EACH Act would provide an exemption from the ACA’s individual insurance mandate for individuals with a religious objection to using certain medical care services. Read more
Three years ago, Religious Right phony historian David Barton published a ridiculous book called The Jefferson Lies that argued, in part, that Thomas Jefferson was a fundamentalist Christian who wanted Christianity to form the basis of the U.S. government.
The tome marked a turning point for Barton. His previous books had been self-produced, but The Jefferson Lies was issued by Thomas Nelson, a respectable publisher of evangelical works. Read more
An Alabama city lawmaker wants to ban his constituents from wearing saggy pants and short skirts because such fashion choices are supposedly outside the divine dress code.
Perhaps quoting from the Book of Vogue, Dadeville City Council Member Frank Goodman told The Daily Beast website, “I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it. What would God do? Did God go around doing this?” Read more
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seems to have his sights set on being the next Religious Right martyr.
In a move that is as petty as it is mean spirited, Paxton recently asked a court not to recognize the common-law marriage of two women, one of whom is now deceased. The issue arose when Sonemaly Phrasavath, surviving wife of Stella Powell, made a claim to the inheritance that Powell left her when she died in 2014. Read more
Let’s say some people at a company want to get together during lunch hour and hold a Bible study. It’s totally voluntary, and they don’t pressure anyone else to attend. This is not likely to cause any problems.
But let’s say the boss organized the Bible study and attends it regularly. Now we might have a problem if subordinates are coerced to attend overtly or even subtly. (If, for example, those who attend get in good with the boss and are first in line for promotions, raises, etc.) Read more
One of the best ways to build religious tolerance in this country is by educating children about various perspectives on both belief and non-belief. But as an experienced educator reminds us, any public school that offers a course on religion must be mindful to stay focused on teaching, not preaching. Read more
When it comes to people refusing to do their jobs on religious grounds, Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis is getting all the attention right now. But when her 15 minutes pass, we’ll be left with plenty of private-sector employees who think the First Amendment exempts them from performing any job functions they don’t like. Read more