Supreme Court to Hear Pointless Contraception Case

There are a lot of issues relevant to contraception that could and should be evaluated by the Supreme Court. Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell is not one of them.

The crux of the case is a follow-up question to the Court’s cringe-inducing decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the case that decided whether or not secular organizations could seek religious exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that companies provide healthcare coverage for birth control. In an extension of the Citizens United case, the Court came to the catastrophic conclusion that Hobby Lobby could indeed claim a religious exemption because corporations are people, my friend. Because logic.

So religious organizations are exempt from the law. For-profit companies are exempt from the law. What about non-profits? They want a shot at exemption, too.



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Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush Say the U.S. Should Accept Syrian Refugees… As Long as They’re Christian

As a majority of U.S. governors have declared, legally or not, that Syrian refugees will not be allowed to live in their states, some of the Republican candidates for President have an alternative plan.

Sen. Ted Cruz, for example, said certainly refugees should be allowed to enter the country… as long as they pass a religious test for entry.



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Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher Debate Their Religious Differences on The Late Show

Last night, in a somewhat passive-aggressive conversation between the two late night television hosts, (Catholic) Stephen Colbert tried to woo (atheist) Bill Maher back into the Church:



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Port Neches (Texas) Mayor Defends Cross in Public Park, Saying He’s Ready to Fight Atheist Group

A couple of days ago, I posted about the Christian cross at the Port Neches RiverFront Park in Texas.

The symbol is obviously religious and has no business being there. And just because it went up several decades ago is no reason to keep it in place. That’s why the Freedom From Religion Foundation got involved.

Yesterday, there was a vigil held in the park by those who want the cross to remain in place. That’s fine. They have a right to parade their ignorance. But it’s appalling that the town’s mayor, Glenn Johnson, showed up to defend government promotion of Christianity:

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Some Jehovah’s Witnesses Think Putting a French Flag on Their Facebook Pics Violates Their Faith

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have a rule requiring political neutrality. That means they “do not lobby, vote for political parties or candidates, run for government office, or participate in any action to change governments.”

Okay, fine, whatever. But in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, a lot of people on Facebook have been France-ifying their profile pictures, overlaying vertical blue, white, and red stripes on their images.

One pro-JW group on Facebook (though not an official one) is torn apart by this. As if showing solidarity with the victims by using the French flag violates their random religious rule:



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