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Standing in the Courthouse Door

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The chief justice of Alabama's supreme court is making a stand in the courthouse door. This is not literally happening, the way it did in 1963 when Alabama Gov. George Wallace made a similar stand in the schoolhouse door. But in both cases, high Alabama officials are trying to preserve the state's ability to discriminate against a segment of its population.

Religious Freedom Gives Me the Constitutional Right to Violate Your Constitutional Rights, Right?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Conservatives just love the Constitution -- or at least they say they do. The thing is that they don't seem to have any idea how it works. At least that's a more charitable explanation than saying they don't care how the Constitution works and merely use it as a fig leaf while they undermine the rights it guarantees.

Fear the Radical Christians Too

Martha Burk | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

The Republicans in the U.S. House are obsessed with denying women the right to control their own bodies. In states like mine, local bishops are urging state lawmakers to follow suit and ban abortion, in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court's 42 year-old Roe v. Wade decision.

Religious Freedom and Values

Robert Slayton | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Slayton

What happens when religion violates fundamental American values? Is it possible to use deeply held beliefs in an organized religion to supersede custom or law?

2014 Was An Unsettling Year, And Religion Played A Starring Role

Religion News Service | Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion

(RNS) For most of recorded history, Isis was an Egyptian goddess, a benevolent type who cared for widows and orphans, cured the sick and even brought ...

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' Part 2

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.

How 2014 Was A Bad Year For Women But A Good Year For Feminism

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 12.24.2014 | Women

Women's rights advocates didn't have it easy this past year, what with the Hobby Lobby decision limiting birth control access, Missouri's Abortion Per...

Cutting Holes in the Law

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

"I'm sorry, but we don't serve your kind here." This overt discrimination is something that leading gay libertarians, who otherwise support marriage equality, think should be legal for wedding photographers, bakers, and other business owners to say to gay couples.

Religious Groups Again Challenge Obamacare's Birth Control Mandate

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — In the latest religious challenge to the federal health care law, faith-based organizations that object to covering birth control in t...

The U.S. Isn't in the Business of Bigotry, Are We?

Terry O'Neill | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Birth control is life-saving, life-affirming health care for women. There is nothing "pro-life" about restricting birth control, and religion is no excuse for this dangerous and ugly form of discrimination.

Whose (Health Care) Conscience Is It, Anyway?

Janet Chung | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Janet Chung

More and more, we live in a world where the religious beliefs of those who want to refuse health care services trump the rights of patients who deserve and need those services. This is untenable. The time has come to return the focus to patients.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Getting Tired of Writing Scathing Dissents

Reductress | Posted 12.22.2014 | Comedy
Reductress

Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a scathing dissent last Wednesday, stating her growing exhaustion for constantly having to write such scathing dissents for recent decisions made in the court.

The Catholic Church and Contraception: Revolution...or Evolution?

Robert Walker | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

In all likelihood, the Vatican's position on contraception will evolve slowly, but if the Church suddenly shifts its position on birth control, it will be interesting to see how it would affect the ongoing legal challenges to federally mandated coverage of contraception by employers.

Will Hobby Lobby Exec's Bible Museum Only Feature Protestant Interpretations?

Reuters | IAN SIMPSON | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Hobby Lobby's Steve Green hopes his planned $800 million Museum of the Bible in Washington and its priceless collection can satisfy both s...

Extreme Body Painting Takes Halloween Costumes to a New Level

Aimee Heckel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

If your costume is on the seasonal shelf next to the skeleton-print napkins, and also made out of the same material as the napkins, perhaps you could better invest that $79.95.

It's Time for Full Equality

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

It's time for New York women to be protected from a single sweeping decision by the Supreme Court, or legislation by Congressional Republicans that chips away at women's rights.

Hobby Lobby Billionaire Is Making Progress With His Pet Project, 'Museum Of The Bible'

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Museum of the Bible. That’s it. The name of the museum under construction in Washington, D.C., is official. “We don’t ...

Ginsburg Was Right On Hobby Lobby

The New Yorker | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

The great Oliver Wendell Holmes once observed that important Supreme Court decisions “exercise a kind of hydraulic effect.” Even if the authors of...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks This Justice Is Responsible For Halting Access To Abortions

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks that the Supreme Court’s conservative attitude on abortion access can be traced to one of her colle...

OK, Let's Talk About Birth Control

Dawn Laguens | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Dawn Laguens

If these politicians want to make birth control a dominant issue in the 2014 by proposing a new $483 million birth control tax on American women, we're game.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

Which Corporate Personality Are You: Market Basket or Hobby Lobby?

David M. Abromowitz | Posted 11.01.2014 | Business
David M. Abromowitz

Will your company be one that recognizes a diversity of stakeholders to whom some responsibility is owed? Or one whose shareholders can impose their will on employees and others affected no matter what?

Gay Rights Progress Towards the ENDA the Line

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The battle against a medieval religious mindset is not only occurring in Syria and Iraq, but here at home. While we must show respect for religious liberty, one of our founding principles and the core of the First Amendment, we need to understand the motivations of our opponents if we are to make further progress.

Contraception: Time for a 'Just Ask' Campaign?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

When candidates seek to satisfy their political base without antagonizing the political center, they often engage in a tightrope act, and the latest high wire act is on contraception.

Laura Bassett

White House Rolls Out New Birth Control Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...