Supreme Court vs. Affirmative Action

Is a law racially discriminatory if it forbids racial discrimination?  The Supreme Court ruled “no,” upholding a Michigan referendum that forbids racial considerations–that is, affirmative action programs– in college admissions. [Read more...]

How the Hobby Lobby argument went

Here is an account, by reporter Robert Barnes, of the argument before the Supreme Court over the Obamacare contraception mandate:

A divided Supreme Court seemed inclined to agree Tuesday that the religious beliefs of business owners may trump a requirement in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act that they provide their employees with insurance coverage for all types of contraceptives. [Read more...]

Supremes hear Hobby Lobby’s case today

Today the Supreme Court hears the case being brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties challenging the Obamacare mandate that pro-life business owners, as well as non-church religious institutions, must provide their employees health insurance that includes contraceptives and “morning after” pills.

After the jump, a remarkably cogent explanation of why pro-life Christians need to oppose the law’s provisions from Matthew Harrison, the president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  (Note particularly what he says about the administration’s offer of compromise, that in cases of conscience insurance companies can just provide the “services” for free.) [Read more...]

“Extreme Religious Liberty Rights”

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed back in 1997.  Liberal Democratic Senator from New York Chuck Schumer introduced it, the House passed it unanimously and the Senate voted for it 97-3, and President Bill Clinton signed it into law.

But now the Freedom from Religion Foundation is asking the Supreme Court to declare it unconstituional. [Read more...]

Supremes to hear Hobby Lobby’s Obamacare case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood that claims the Obamacare contraception and morning-after-pill mandate violate the company owners’ religious freedom.

How do you think the court will rule? [Read more...]

Justice halts birth control mandate

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor has issued an order blocking the implementation of Obamacare’s requirement that employers–even those with religious objections–must provide their employees insurance that covers birth control and morning after pills.  The stay is temporary, but it’s an important development.

Some will be surprised that Justice Sotomayor made this move.  “Isn’t she one of the liberals?”  But liberal judges too can follow the Constitution.  Besides, I have never understood the connection between liberalism and supporting abortion.  Liberal rhetoric is all about helping the poor, the weak, and the marginalized, while ignoring the poorest, the weakest, and the most marginalized of all, namely, the infant in the womb.

I would think there would be many more pro-life liberals than there are.  It’s hard for me to take pro-abortion liberals seriously, given that massive inconsistency. [Read more...]


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