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Fundamentalist Freak-Out: It’s (Not) The End Of The World As We Know It, And The Religious Right Doesn’t Feel Fine

Mat Staver, a Religious Right attorney and dean of Liberty University’s law school, isn’t very happy with the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the same-sex marriage cases.

As I’m sure you’ll recall, the high court’s Oct. 6 decision not to wade into this matter had the effect of legalizing same-sex marriage in a bunch of states, several of them in the Bible Belt. (Here are some shots of same-sex couples getting married in Oklahoma – Oklahoma! Pretty darned amazing.)

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.

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.

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.

Not The Justice League: Conservative Coalition Unites To Defend Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The fate of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban will soon be determined by the courts. In March, a judge struck the ban down, calling it unconstitutional. Michigan’s attorney general, Bill Schuette, immediately filed an appeal—and he’s recently attracted some new allies.

Taking Liberties: A New Book Explains Why The Religious Right’s View Of ‘Religious Freedom’ Is All Wrong

Pardon me for engaging in some blatant self-promotion, but I wanted to let members and friends of Americans United know that my new book, Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You The Right To Tell Other People What To Do, is being released today.

Two issues inspired me to write this book: the controversy over the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act and the spread of legal same-sex marriage in the states. 

The ‘Conscience’ Charade: S.D. Lawmakers Reject Unnecessary Church Protection Bill

An outbreak of common sense has struck parts of the South Dakota legislature.

Last week, the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 to reject a completely unnecessary bill that would have made it clear that clergy can’t be forced to perform wedding ceremonies that violate their right of conscience.

A Little List: The Top Ten Church-State Stories Of 2013

It’s that time of year when people are compiling lists. So let’s look at the Top Ten Church-State Stories of 2013.

1. Greece, N.Y., prayer case argued before U.S. Supreme Court: An Americans United-sponsored lawsuit challenging legislative prayer in the city of Greece, N.Y., reached the Supreme Court.

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