Religious Freedom … Really (UCC edition)

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I’ve written before about the problems with so many claims of protecting “religious freedom” in recent reproductive justice debates.  On the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom (and against contraception) I noted that: We don’t have to compare apples and oranges to make the point that the religious freedom the USCCB seeks to [Read More...]

This Week in Religious Freedom & Healthcare

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This picture of me shouldn’t be revolutionary.  And yet … Here is a great 90 second summary of what is at stake this week when lawyers for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue before the Supreme Court that your boss should get to determine what preventative health care you receive: Here is a round-up [Read More...]

BREAKING: Marriage Equality IS Coming to Illinois!

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This just in from Illinois Unites For Marriage: The Illinois House just passed the freedom to marry!  In a vote count of 61:54, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act passed on the House floor. The marriage bill passed in the Senate in February, and will  now return to the Senate for a procedural vote [Read More...]

Pluralism, Marriage, & Religious Freedom

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The following is an excerpt from a commentary I wrote for my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, published last week.  The picture to the right is a historic one of our actual intersection of Church and State streets.  This commentary brings together the ongoing struggles for marriage equality in the state of Illinois with some [Read More...]

When the Personal Becomes Political

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I wrote about the religious element of Joe Biden’s response to Martha Raddatz’s question about abortion last week. In a great post this week over at Feministing, Mimi Arbeit breaks down four possible answers to the question, pointing out that Biden used the first three: (See video, transcript.) Many others have expressed frustration with Raddatz [Read More...]

Religious Freedom Is For Everyone

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What’s wrong – and right – with the role of faith in American politics today?  It is wrong that the mantle of religious freedom is being carried by a small minority of leaders who are actually interested in protecting their own ability to impose their religious ideology on others. Here’s how I put it in [Read More...]

An Open Letter to Illinois Pharmacists

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Who do you think you are? Your religion does not trump mine.  If you have a moral or religious objection to dispensing medication that a woman has a legal right to, then maybe you should get another job. In your lawsuit, you said that you “believe life begins at conception, emergency contraception may act as [Read More...]

Whose Religious Freedom?

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When the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops launched their Fortnight for Freedom, a two week period of “prayer, study, catechesis, and public action” from June 21 – July 4, it was to unite and rally Catholics against impositions on its teachings and practices.  Really, it was about contraception and ongoing efforts to enforce a uniformly [Read More...]


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