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
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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
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.
For nearly two years, Americans United has detailed the truth behind Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, a case brought by a chain of craft stores that claims it has a religious freedom right to deny important preventative health care to its employees. Read more
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
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
There’s another controversy brewing around Hobby Lobby – but this one has nothing to do with birth control. New York’s Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman, recently settled a two-year investigation into the embattled craft store chain by hitting it with a $220,000 fine for deceptive advertising practices.