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Here’s A Look At Trump’s Inaugural Prayer Team

President-elect Donald Trump may have struggled to attract A-list celebrities to perform at his inaugural ceremonies, but there will be no shortage of clergy on hand Friday to pray him into office.

Six religious leaders are expected to speak during the inauguration: Protestant pastors Franklin Graham, Paula White, Samuel Rodriguez and Wayne T. Jackson will join Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Rabbi Marvin Hier. Trump’s lineup reportedly is the largest contingent of clergy at an inauguration at least since Ronald Reagan last took the oath of office.

A Cardinal Mistake: NYC Prelate Tries To Smear Americans United

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City recently penned a column for the New York Daily News criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s views on immigration. For some reason, Dolan attacked Americans United in the column, even comparing AU to the Ku Klux Klan!

It was an odd thing to do because Americans United has never taken, and does not today take, a stand on immigration. We limit our activities to separation of church and state. And, of course, AU has never engaged in the violent actions and hateful rhetoric of racist organizations like the Klan.

The Cardinal’s Gasbag: Catholic League Leader Rushes To Defend Dolan From AU Criticism

There is a thing called Godwin’s Law on the internet. It holds that if an online argument goes on long enough, someone will drag in a reference to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. At that point, that person has lost.

Today I’d like to propose a corollary to Godwin’s Law: Anyone who compares a non-racist organization to the Ku Klux Klan has lost as well.

‘Choice’ Charade: N.Y. Governor Slams ‘Manhattan Liberals’ For Supporting Church-State Separation In Neo-Voucher Battle

What does rent control in New York City have to do with tax credits that would be used to support religious schools? Quite a bit, at least as far as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is concerned.

In a move that can best be described as desperate, Cuomo initially tied together a piece of legislation that would renew expiring rent control laws with the creation of a new tuition tax credit program.

Convenience Store Contraception?: NYC Cardinal Thinks 7-Elevens Sell Birth Control

In a recent interview with CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced that Hobby Lobby should be able to defy the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. Given his position as a high-ranking cleric in the Catholic Church, that’s not surprising. His reasoning, however, astonishes – for all the wrong reasons.

According to Dolan, Hobby Lobby should win its suit because women can buy birth control at 7-Eleven stores.

Muddled Message: Most Americans Support The First Amendment, But Many Remain Confused

I’ve got some good news and some bad news to deliver. Since it’s Friday, I’m going to give you the good news first.

A poll released this week by the First Amendment Center found that 64 percent of Americans believe the First Amendment does not go too far in protecting freedom. The survey consisted of 1,006 responses, and we’re glad to see almost two-thirds of those people support this critical aspect of our legal system.

Backdoor Maneuver: Crafty Bishops Try To Repeal Birth Control Mandate

When Pope Francis made his first official address this week, he called upon his followers to serve the “poorest, weakest” of the world. If the activities of the bishops in the United States are any indication, however, that call could go unanswered.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was asked yesterday by Today Show host Matt Lauer if women “have reason to be hopeful” now that Francis is in charge.

Contrary Clerics: Bishops Reject Latest Obama Olive Branch On Contraceptives

Yesterday the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a formal statement reacting to the Obama administration’s latest effort at compromise on birth control. To no one’s surprise, the bishops rejected the proposal.

As you might recall, federal regulations have been issued under the Affordable Care Act concerning what the types of coverage that health care plans must include. Contraceptives are, of course, on the list.