What’s At Stake in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case?

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.)

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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.

But more than a decade ago, that’s exactly what happened:

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Christian Pastor: Women Shouldn’t Even Say ‘Amen’ in Church

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:



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These Strangers Were Trying to Lure Children Into Their Cars… for Jesus

The Gospel of God Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina must be desperate for members. And I’m assuming they’ve just given up persuading local adults to give them a chance because now they’re just going after the children. In the creepiest way possible:



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What Can We Learn from the Branch Davidians?

In a fascinating story for the New Yorker — subtitled “How not to negotiate with believers” — Malcolm Gladwell takes us back to the tragedy in Waco more than two decades ago, when 76 members of the Branch Davidian sect were killed (many of them children), and suggests that the massacre could have been avoided if we just tried to learn more about their religious beliefs instead of simply dismissing them for being so ludicrous:



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