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Pandora’s Pills?: Supreme Court Decision In Hobby Lobby Case Could Be Disastrous

Some early reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case suggested that the ruling is too narrow to cause much real harm. But given that the high court just said corporations are people with religious freedom rights, and those rights are more important than women’s health, it seems the decision is a likely Pandora’s Box. Read more

Birth Control Battle: The Right Wing’s Long-Running Attack On Contraceptives

American writer Theodore Dreiser’s 1925 novel An American Tragedy deals with the story of a socially ambitious young man who, dismayed because he has impregnated his working-class girlfriend, engineers her death.

The book was banned in some cities – but not because of its depiction of murder. Rather, conservative religious leaders feared that a plot hinging on an unwanted pregnancy would spur young people to get curious about birth control. Read more

Lookadon’t: Christian Motivational Speaker Now In Legal Trouble

Late last year, I told the tale of a public high school assembly gone terribly awry. Justin Lookadoo, a prominent Christian motivational speaker, appeared at Richardson High School in Dallas, Texas, to dispense “relationship advice” to students. In a startling twist, Lookadoo’s presentation on “Dateability” turned out to be sectarian—and sexist, too.

Just in case you’ve forgotten about him, let me remind you.
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Pulpit PAC: Miss. Pastors Plan Big – And Possibly Illegal – Push For Embattled Senator

Voters in Mississippi are headed to the polls tomorrow for an important run-off election. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is locked in a tight battle against a state senator, Chris McDaniel, in a Republican primary.

Cochran has served in the Senate since 1978, but he’s running scared against McDaniel, an aggressive Tea Party challenger. The incumbent senator hopes to pull out a win based on an unusual weapon: black churches. Read more

March To Nowhere: D.C. Anti-Gay Event Was Heavy On Rhetoric But Low On Facts


Yesterday I had the dubious pleasure of attending a rally on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, where about 2,000 people gathered to proclaim their support for what they believe is “traditional” marriage: a legal union of one man and one woman. Read more

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