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The Bishops’ Lament: Losing Tax Money And Losing Public Support

The U.S. Catholic bishops met in New Orleans last week. I read an account of this meeting in the National Catholic Reporter last week, and two things struck me.

One, the bishops are really worried that they might lose the lucrative contracts they get from the federal government because of their increasingly out-of-step views on issues like LGBT rights and access to birth control. Read more

Congressional Clarity: Americans United, Allies Deliver Briefing On Hobby Lobby Suit

It’s crunch time for Hobby Lobby watchers: The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to deliver its ruling in the controversial case dealing with access to birth control within the next two weeks. As observers await the court’s verdict, the case continues to stir debate due to its drastic implications for women’s rights and religious liberty.
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Rotten In Denmark?: AFA’s Fischer Distorts Danish Same-Sex Marriage Law To Scare U.S. Fundamentalists

Bryan Fischer isn’t exactly known for his tolerance toward the LGBT community – or his respect for facts. But in his regular column for One News Now, Fischer, who is director of issues analysis for the American Family Association, resurrected a two-year old story to tell particularly bold falsehood about same-sex marriage and religious liberty.
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Straight To Hell?: Texas Congressman Launches Inquisition During ‘Religious Liberty’ Hearing

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) saw fit to hold an impromptu inquisition on Capitol Hill yesterday. Read more

Voucher Volley: North Dakota Lawmaker Pushes ‘School Choice’ Scheme

Like so many “school choice” advocates, North Dakota state Rep. Mark Dosch (R-Bismarck) seems to rely on anecdotes as proof that vouchers work.

In a recent op-ed for the Grand Forks Herald, Dosch told the story of a woman who came to him “with tears in her eyes” to thank him for introducing a bill in 2013 that would have created a new voucher system. Read more