The cool folks at Compass 120 Apparel created a shirt with a quotation of mine and they’re marketing it to men and women. I’ve asked that any money I would’ve made from the shirts be given instead to the Secular Student Alliance:
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The issue is whether or not a public company owned by religious individuals can deny employees contraception or birth control — items the law says have to be included in basic health coverage.
Obviously, those of us who support church/state separation think that personal decisions about birth control (and the like) should be left up to the people using it, not their Christian bosses. (Of course, it’s ridiculous that health insurance is tied to employment in the first place, but that’s a separate issue.)
Salvation Army Promises, After $450,000 Settlement, to Eliminate Religious Discrimination in Taxpayer-Funded Work
The Salvation Army, whose volunteers you might see ringing bells over the holidays, is a primarily religious organization whose goal is to spread the Gospel. At the same time, they get government funds, to the tune of $188,000,000 in New York alone, to do social service work. As long as the two worlds don’t collide, there shouldn’t be a problem.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted something by Pastor Steven Anderson, but the preacher just gave one of those sermons that you don’t really believe anyone would deliver until you hear it. Not only does he say women should remain silent in church, he adds that they shouldn’t even say “Amen” if they agree with him: