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How One Texas Judge May Have Sealed The Fate Of LGBTQ Rights Under Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.07.2017 | Queer Voices

Over the holidays, while many people weren’t paying attention, a Texas federal judge, District Court Judge Reed O’Connor, issued an injunction bar...

Equal Rights Amendment Fallacy

Rebecca Warner | Posted 09.06.2016 | Women
Rebecca Warner

VOTE for every single candidate on your ballot who advocates women's rights.

In a Sense, Donald Trump Is Correct about Women and Abortions

Mark Baer | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
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Mark Baer

In a sense, Donald Trump is correct that women who have abortions if the procedure is banned should face "some sort of punishment." Before you misconstrue my opinion, please note that I have always been an advocate of pro-choice.

For the Supreme Court, March Comes in Like a Lion -- And Goes Out Like One, Too

Elliot Mincberg | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Elliot Mincberg

The far right knows the importance of this election for the Supreme Court. It is crucial that all Americans recognize that for the sake of all our rights, Election Day 2016 truly is judgment day.

Should Employers Be Allowed to Use Their Faith to Discriminate Against Women?

Louise Melling | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics
Louise Melling

Once again, the contraception benefit in the ACA is before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. What's at stake this time is every bit as critical as what was at stake in Hobby Lobby.

President Obama and Progressives: Christian Right Is Wrong About Religious Freedom

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 01.15.2017 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

The idea of what religious freedom means is not a settled matter. But Clarkson offers a definition that allows progressives to reclaim religious liberty from conservative Christians who have perverted its meaning in service of theocratic agendas.

Hobby Lobby Redux: Where Are the Women?

Jessica Waters | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Jessica Waters

Should we be talking about how to respect the rights of employers who are religiously affiliated? Yes. But the women who work for them aren't legal fictions; the realities of their lives must be part of the conversation.

Blessing Discrimination: When Religious Employers Set the Rules

Jessica Waters | Posted 11.11.2016 | Politics
Jessica Waters

Picture this: You are a respected teacher at a local private school. You and your husband desperately want to have a child, and you are undergoing IVF treatment. You meet with your boss to request time off for the procedure. Soon thereafter, you are told that you have been fired.

Scalia Goes On Hobby Lobby Shopping Binge Just To Feel Again

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 11.06.2015 | Comedy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear seven new appeals regarding the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, an issue raised by the Ch...

The Supreme Court Is All Set To Hear The Next 'Hobby Lobby' Case

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

The sequel to last year's Hobby Lobby case is here. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear seven appeals from various religious organization...

Hobby Lobby Boss Under Investigation For Illegal Biblical Antiquities From Iraq

The Daily Beast | Kelly Chen | Posted 01.17.2017 | Business

One of America’s most famously Christian businesses is amassing a vast collection of Biblical antiquities. The problem is some of them may have been...

Hobby Lobby Déjà Vu at the Supreme Court

Brigitte Amiri | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Brigitte Amiri

The new Supreme Court term starts today, and sometime this fall the court will consider whether to hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that health insurance provide coverage for contraception without a co-pay. Wait -- didn't that already happen, you ask?

Let's Not Bring The Pope Into The Next Hobby Lobby Controversy

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit Wednesday to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns who are petitioning the Supreme Court to take a ca...

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...

Can Money Create Social Change?

The Sillerman Center | Posted 09.14.2016 | College
The Sillerman Center

Many philanthropists and foundations have recently been making impact investments in an attempt to influence social policy. But are these investments producing dividends toward social change?

The Religious and Gay Marriage Can Co-exist Within America's Shared Values

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 09.11.2016 | Religion
Stuart Muszynski

I practice my religion to the fullest within the protections of the freedoms of our country. But, where I differ with those who would deprive gay Americans of their personal and religious freedom - including the right of marriage - is that my belief or practice does not impinge on the rights of others.

Now that Kim Davis is in Jail, Let's Re-Think Hobby Lobby

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

In a homophobic political stunt poorly veiled in "religious beliefs," Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis denied marriage licenses to LGBT couples despite a federal court order instructing her that the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, and she must comply.

If I Must Accept The Hobby Lobby Decision, You Must Accept Marriage Equality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

According to Senator Cruz, if you like a decision, the court is terrific and doing our country a great favor. But if you disagree with a decision, the court is an imperialist body of out-of-touch, snooty elitists.

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. ...

Republican 'Religious Freedom' Laws Will Hurt More Than Gay Couples

Martha Burk | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Martha Burk

The so-called religious freedom laws Republican wannabees seek are fig leafs for discrimination against gay couples. But should such laws become reality, they would go far beyond the ability of a Christian business to refuse to cater a gay wedding.

Religious Liberty Is a Shield and Not a Sword

Harry Knox | Posted 06.30.2016 | Religion
Harry Knox

Conservatives are trying to spin a yarn that the religious liberty of Christians in this country is under attack. When the Supreme Court handed down its pro-marriage-equality decision in June, conservative pundits opined that Christian congregations would soon be required to let gays and lesbian marry in their churches.

The GOP War on Poor Women's Health

John Seager | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
John Seager

Being both poor and a woman is not easy. Add to that a constant barrage of attacks on your reproductive health, and you've got a nearly impossible situation. Yet, it's something that millions of American women are forced to endure every minute of every hour of every day.

When Sex Does Not Sell: How Faith Influences What We Buy

David Briggs | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Be sensitive to local markets with targeted campaigns, some scholars advise. What sells in Beverly Hills may not go over so well in Manhattan, Kansas.

Friday Talking Points -- Run, Bernie, Run!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.

Bobby Jindal Advocates Unholy Alliance of Fundamentalists and Big Business to Back Discrimination

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

You don't like gay marriage? Fine. Don't get gay-married. But if you want to have a business and operate in the public sphere, then you've got to treat all your fellow citizens equally. Even better would be to treat each of them as you would wish to be treated. That's a rule that should sound familiar to someone as knowledgeable of the New Testament as Bobby Jindal.