Hobby Lobby Victory, and Other Stuff to Pray For (UPDATED)

Hobby Lobby victory

Hobby Lobby wins!  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that the family-owned business will not be required to abide by the HHS Mandate, which requires employers to cover the cost of contraceptives for their employees.Join with me in a prayer of thanks at this ruling.But let's remember, too, to continue our prayers for this nation.  The Court did not unanimously see the logic in Hobby Lobby's reasoned objection to offering free contraceptives and abortifacients.  In fact, the de … [Read more...]

IRS to Pay $50,000 Fine for Leaking Conservative Group’s Tax Return – UPDATED

NOM and IRS

The Internal Revenue Service has agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) after unlawfully releasing the conservative organization's 2008 tax return to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group.NOM, which was one of the organizers of the March for Marriage on June 19, works to defend the institution of marriage at the local, state and national levels.  They work with legislators, by informing voters when they head to the ballot box, and by giving … [Read more...]

The Bishops’ Love Affair With Raising the Minimum Wage

My fellow Patheos blogger Will Duquette has a great essay on his blog about the USCCB's efforts on behalf of raising the minimum wage.  In A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats--Or Does It?, Will argues against using the Big Hammer to fix social problems--attempting to fix "the system" rather than helping individuals.I couldn't agree more.  In fact, I wrote about the same thing--and reached the same conclusions--last January when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to the chairs and … [Read more...]


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