Five Reasons the Hobby Lobby Decision Should Terrify You

This is a guest post written by Andrew Seidel. He is a staff attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The Supreme Court’s era-defining decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has alarmed many of us, but not enough. Some think this decision won’t affect them or that the reaction is overblown.

There are many, many problems with the majority opinion in Hobby Lobby. Other than the most obvious problem, that corporations are not people capable of forming religious beliefs, five jump out. These problems concern every American — not just atheists, not just non-Christians, and not just women.

The majority opinion’s terrifying legal rewrite offers one glimmer of hope: The problems are solvable. Congress need only repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

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Nearly 40% of Non-Religious Americans Disapprove of Obama’s Job Performance… but We’d All Still Vote for Him

President Obama’s job approval rating for the first half of this year has been 43%. (Which sounds low until you realize Congress is at a pitiful 7% approval.)

But in a just-released Gallup poll, they broke down those numbers by religious groups and found that Muslims overwhelmingly support him, Mormons overwhelmingly disapprove of him (they’re still upset about Mitt Romney, I’m sure), and the atheists (mixed in with those who use no religious label but who may believe in God) are roughly split but still on his side:



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More Than a Year Later, School Board’s Decision to Not Have Prayers at Meetings Still Controversial

In May of 2013, the Rockingham County Board of Education (in North Carolina) debated whether or not to pray at meetings instead of sticking to a moment of silence.

One board member, Leonard Pryor, was so appalled prayer might even be considered that he resigned in protest, presumably before any lawsuits came the board’s way:



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COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey Receives 12 Emmy Nominations

Earlier today, it was announced that COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey received an impressive 12 Emmy nominations in the following categories:



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This is What Cafeteria Christianity Looks Like

A while back, I posted an Atheist Voice video in which I posed 78 questions for Christians to think about.

Well, Christian YouTuber James Patrick Holding has started to answer them. And the only reason I’m posting them here is because of this screenshot:



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