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Conservative Women Also Use Birth Control: The Hobby Lobby Decision Hurts All Women

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

A blatant disregard for the reality of sexual behavior in America, coupled with the belief that one's religion trumps the healthcare needs of even conservative women, is the real story behind the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.

Contraception: A Big Ape Ruling

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
W. Hunter Roberts

The recent decision on contraception was not about the sanctity of human life, non-interference in religious freedom, or scriptural high ground. It was a victory, pure and simple, for those who want to control women's bodies.

Supreme Court Rules Corporations Can Have Their Hearts Broken and Get Tummy Aches

Spencer Green | Posted 09.01.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"Corporations are just like people, and they have to deal with an assortment of melancholy, rejection, boo-boos, and owees," wrote Justice Samuel Alito in the majority opinion. "See them, feel them, touch them, heal them."

Why Christians Should Worry About Hobby Lobby's 'Victory'

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

I can speak little to the practical legal implications of this decision, but as an Eastern Orthodox scholar of religion, I can think of several reasons Christians should be bothered by Hobby Lobby's victory.

Baptizing Corporations

Rev. Jennifer Butler | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Rev. Jennifer Butler

These corporations don't have souls. They are legal entities created by humankind, not living beings created in the image of God. Endowing these artificial institutions with the same religious freedom that you and I have is both theologically troubling and legally dangerous.

A Decision Upholding American Ideals of Freedom

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case rests on an important part of the American experience: the defense of religious freedom. People can and do exercise religious freedom in their everyday and business lives.

Hobby Lobby Decision Disillusioning to Social Justice Movement

Laura Weiss | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Laura Weiss

Today, a corporation is a "person." An embryo is a "person." And yet, so little is being done to protect the rights of women -- what about them? This decision is of course even worse for low-income women.

What the Supreme Court's Birth Control Case Means for Anti-Discrimination Laws

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

Those who care about anti-discrimination laws in general, and the rights of LGBT individuals in particular, have much to be concerned about Monday's ruling by the Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

Hobby Lobby: Lobby or Business?

Donna Schaper | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Donna Schaper

The Court hedged about whether its Hobby Lobby reasoning applies to all religious claims. I'm not sure which is worse: the idea that that this is a wedge that will dislodge further freedoms from interference by employers or that it should only bar contraception used by women.

The "Real" Message of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Decision

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

As women's and reproductive rights advocates bemoan the supreme court's decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case, there is an aspect of this decision that is being missed by those who are most critical of the decision: the decision is more a statement on worker's rights.

Reclaiming the Sacred: Five Uniting Religious Principles

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

While we may never be able to stop violence in the name of religion, we can prevent it at home and in our lives by remembering and instilling in each other basic ethical principles that are held by all religious traditions.

Today's Hobby Lobby Decision Is Inconceivable

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

It was inconceivable -- pun intended -- to me that the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of five of its male justices, would place access to birth control coverage for thousands of women in jeopardy.

Hobby Lobby: The Real Religious Exemption Fight Is Yet To Come

John J. Dilulio, Jr. | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
John J. Dilulio, Jr.

The Hobby Lobby decision merits all the cheering (by its fans) and jeering (by its foes) that we are hearing. Love it or loathe it, the Hobby Lobby decision is limited in scope.

What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Could Mean For You

Lea Grover | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
Lea Grover

It's a dark day in American History. A day when all the non-Christians stood slack-jawed and shocked, amazed that now, their employer could dictate their lives beyond work based on some idea that their moral authority is better.

When Will the U.S. Supreme Court Protect the Freedoms of Religious People Who Use Contraceptives?

Rabbi Daniel Brenner | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Was the court so overly-focused on the potential indirect violation of religious freedoms of one set of Americans that they forgot to consider the actual religious freedoms of millions of others?

Wiccan Priest Reportedly Barred From Giving Invocation

AP | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A member of the Wiccan faith says he was set to give the opening invocation at a Huntsville City Council meeting until the p...

Meriam Ibrahim -- Strict Religious Law Has No Place in a Truly Free Society

Charlotte Keenan | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Charlotte Keenan

We need to stand with those in Sudan, and across the world, who will not accept this restricting of personal freedoms. We must champion freedom of belief and press for countries to allow people to choose a religion, or choose none.

"I'd Kill Him" - Racist Violence as State Policy in Burma

Andrea Gittleman | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Andrea Gittleman

In her latest book, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton lauded improvements in Burma as a hallmark of her successes at the helm of U.S. foreign policy, but any reforms are woefully insufficient if codified discrimination, deliberate denial of health care, and perpetual violence continue.

Zach Carter

Democrat Invokes Ugly Conservative Anti-Muslim Event At Human Rights Markup | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) invoked this week's ugly anti-Muslim Heritage Foundation panel during a markup of a human rights bill Thursday, suggesting...

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanist military chaplain.

Redefining Spirituality, One Church for All

Andreea Nica | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Andreea Nica

As a former lover of Christ and ex-Pentecostalist, I had countless visions and dreams that one day I would be a spiritual leader. While growing up in the charismatic church, it was even prophesied that one day I would become one.

5 Practical Actions to Help Free Imprisoned Sudanese Mother

Kristin Wright | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Kristin Wright

It's a mother's nightmare. Forcibly separated from her husband and currently caring for her two tiny children in a Sudanese prison, Meriam Ibrahim awaits 100 lashes and death by hanging. Here are five actions that anyone can take right now to help work for the release of Meriam Ibrahim.

Jennifer Bendery

House Committee Invites Witness To Go On Anti-Gay Rant, Because Religious Freedom | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House subcommittee held a Tuesday hearing on religious freedom and, among other witnesses, Liberty University dean and professor of la...

Why the Catholic Church's Suppression of Abortion Dissent Should Concern Us All

Patricia Miller | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Patricia Miller

Sadly, while many Catholics today would find it preposterous that anyone affiliated with the church could support abortion rights, prominent Catholics once addressed questions about the morality and legality of abortion in ways that were beneficial not just to Catholics but to society as a whole.

What's at Stake in Hobby Lobby

Joel Richard Paul | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Joel Richard Paul

The media has mischaracterized the case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, either as an attack on the Affordable Care Act or as a threat to women's access to contraceptives. The media misses the real point.