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The Spirit of Thomas Becket Is Alive, And That's Bad News

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

It's not often that 800-year-old bones make the news. But the recent temporary transfer of a supposed bone fragment of Thomas Becket from Hungary to E...

Threats to Religious Liberty: Real and Imagined

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

The last time I checked, no one in the U.S. is being punished for what they believe or for expressing that belief. So what's the fuss about? It's not a concern that people can't express their own beliefs. No, it seems to be a concern that people will not have the license to impose their beliefs on others.

Religious Hokum in Supreme Court

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

We are a nation that prides itself as a place where people have the liberty to practice their faith without the government imposing unfair burdens on them. But religious freedom is not a free pass; there is no doctrine of religious exceptionalism.

America, The Next Hobby Lobby Case Is Heading For The Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

A federal appeals court on Thursday became the first in the nation to rule that the so-called contraceptive accommodation under the Affordable Care Ac...

Laura Bassett

Nuns Lose Case Against Birth Control Mandate | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Denver-based Catholic order of nuns, must comply with the Affordable Care...

Laura Bassett

White House Finds Way Around Hobby Lobby Birth Control Decision | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

The Obama administration on Friday issued its final rules for employers who morally object to covering birth control in their health insurance plans. ...

Women Are Spending $1.4 Billion Less On Birth Control Due To Obamacare: Report

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

Spending on birth control has significantly decreased since the Affordable Care Act's mandate for insurance companies to cover contraception went into...

Laura Bassett

GOP Senators Push For Birth Control Access, But Check The Small Print | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

Republicans in Congress are not known for their efforts to expand access to birth control, but on Thursday they introduced a bill that they claim woul...

Laura Bassett

Planned Parenthood Ad Hits GOP Candidates On OTC Birth Control | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

In its first TV ad buy of the 2014 cycle, Planned Parenthood's political arm is warning voters in North Carolina and Colorado that Republican Senate c...

Shadee Ashtari

Missouri Lawmaker Suing Federal Government To Keep Daughters From Accessing Birth Control | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

Missouri state Rep. Paul Wieland (R) and his wife, Teresa, are renewing their suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the A...

Laura Bassett

White House Rolls Out New Birth Control Rule | Laura Bassett | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration announced on Friday a new accommodation for religious nonprofits that object to covering the full range of contraceptives in ...

Laura Bassett

White House To Tweak Birth Control Coverage Rule | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is developing a new accommodation for religious nonprofit organizations that want to opt out of covering contra...

How Hobby Lobby Killed Religious Liberty

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a disaster for women, and we can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration.

Laura Bassett

White House: Employers Must Disclose Objections To Covering Birth Control | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics

The White House on Thursday sent a message to companies that want to opt out of covering birth control, saying those employers are required to be tran...

Supreme Court to Women: Father Knows Best

Nan Aron | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

These three decisions, taken together, are an assault on the rights, health, and economic well-being of women in every corner of this country. But they are also a challenge to President Obama, to Congress, to the political system, and to the American people to take the action necessary to undo the damage.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Can't Agree On The Hobby Lobby Decision | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Americans don't agree on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds. Forty-six percent of Americans ...

Laura Bassett

Hobby Lobby Win Could Spell Trouble For Religious Nonprofits | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his opinion concurring with the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby birth control case Monday, Justice Anthony Kennedy may ha...

Sam Stein

White House, Democrats Plot Response To Hobby Lobby Ruling | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration and allied Democrats on the Hill quickly began exploring potential responses to the Supreme Court’s decision ...

Ahead Of Hobby Lobby Decision, Americans Split On Contraception Mandate For Religious Employers

The Huffington Post | Rachel Lienesch | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

Just days before the expected announcement of the Supreme Court's ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds Americans...

Poll Reveals Public Support For Contraception Mandate

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to finally issue its ruling this week in the highly anticipated case of the craft companies vs. Ob...

SURVEY: Majority Supports Contraception Insurance Mandate

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion

(RNS) More than six in 10 Americans say publicly held corporations should be required to provide employees with health insurance plans that include no...

It Sure Looks Like The Contraception Mandate Is Doomed

Slate | Dahlia Lithwick | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

You know those ubiquitous BuzzFeed quizzes? The ones trying to help you determine what brand of peanut butter or which Game of Thrones character you a...

Ryan J. Reilly

Supreme Court Struggles In Hobby Lobby Case With Question Of Companies' Religious Rights | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justices on the Supreme Court seemed to struggle Tuesday with the question of whether a private company can get out of a federal law by ...

Religious Refusal's Long Discriminatory History

Julian Bond | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Julian Bond

Religious liberty is one of the most important rights we have as Americans, and people of faith, such as my college teacher Martin Luther King Jr., have been instrumental in building a more perfect union. But as history all-too-often repeats itself, we cannot ignore that slavery, Jim Crow laws, and denial of women's suffrage were all once justified on religious grounds.

Contraception Mandate War: The Endless Saga Continues...

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.27.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

For those who haven't been following every twist and turn of this controversial issue, you may have (wrongly) assumed that the contraception mandate war has long been settled by now. Alas.