Samantha Bee Explains the Religious Right’s Hypocrisy on Abortion

After last week’s look at the nasty, racist history of the Religious Right, Samantha Bee continued her look at Christian conservatives last night with a segment on abortion.

The piece included a conversation with Frank Schaeffer, my Patheos colleague and one of the people responsible for the “pro-life” movement. He called it the “single greatest regret of my life.” (Starting the anti-abortion movement, I mean. Just so we’re clear.)


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Oklahoma is a Signature Away from Punishing Doctors Who Perform Legal Abortions

Leave it to Oklahoma legislators to punish doctors who help women.

A bill that passed through the House on a 59-9 vote and the Senate on a 33-12 vote would send doctors to jail for up to three years if they perform an abortion — even in the case of rape or incest.

It’s all up to Governor Mary Fallin now. And if she signs the bill, the consequences would be serious for the women it would impact, the doctors who stand to become criminals for doing their jobs, and the taxpayers who’d have to pay up after the inevitable lawsuit.


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With Justice Scalia Gone, Supreme Court Sends Zubik v. Burwell Back to Lower Courts

The Supreme Court won’t issue a definitive ruling in the controversial Zubik v. Burwell case, the latest one involving women’s access to contraception through their workplaces.

Today, the justices kicked the case back to lower courts, which have generally been in favor of women over their religious employers. It’s a relief considering what could have happened if Antonin Scalia were still on the Court today, but it means the details of how women working for certain employers will acquire their birth control are still very much up in the air.


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Atheist Group To Run Newspaper Ads Showing How the Bible Isn’t “Pro-Life” At All

This Sunday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation will be running full-page ads in two newspapers — the Tulsa World (OK) and Wichita Eagle (KS) — to tackle the question, “What does the bible really say about abortion?”

Turns out God is a big fan of it. Hell, he’ll even kill newborn babies if it suits His needs.


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Don’t Celebrate the End of the Religious Right Just Yet; They’re Still a Powerful Force

Sarah Posner asks a welcome question at the New York Times: “Is This the End of the Religious Right?”

Given that Donald Trump has spoken favorably of Planned Parenthood, welcomed Caitlyn Jenner in the women’s restroom at his hotels (despite saying he’d appoint Supreme Court justices who oppose marriage equality), and clearly doesn’t give a damn about speaking Christianese, what does it say about religious conservatives that they chose him over one of their own, Ted Cruz?


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