Corporations Don’t Have Emotions

Guest post by Rachel Lazerus If you’re just catching up on the ramifications of SCOTUS’s decision re: Hobby Lobby, please read Carmen Green’s post first. Since then, some new things have come to light: a) Other closely-held corporations that can claim sincere religious beliefs that paying for any kind of contraception harms them no longer have to cover any government-approved contraception. b) Since it is much cheaper for the government (and for private companies) to pay for birth control than … [Read more...]

Rick Warren: Protecting LGBTQ Individuals Would “Come at the Expense of Faith Communities”

Have you seen this? Obama is preparing an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity. Rick Warren and other evangelical pastors have signed a letter asking Obama to offer a wide religious exemption in his executive order. We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need. Exactly how would … [Read more...]

The Hobby Lobby Decision: A Summary & Explanation

A guest post by CarmenOriginally posted on facebookThere is a lot of ruckus about Hobby Lobby today, and I’ve already seen multiple sources providing inaccurate summaries about what happened.  So in an effort to summarize in one place what the decision did and did not do, I decided to do the rare act (for me) of posting a Facebook note.  I’ll try to provide a lot of background info so those who haven’t been following the case are brought up to speed. If you want to read the decision yours … [Read more...]

So. Hobby Lobby.

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision was today. I don't have the time to write about it right now, but I thought I'd open a thread for discussion, and also for posting links to helpful blog posts and such on the topic. I may update this post with links at the bottom over time.Here's a link to the decision itself. … [Read more...]

This Is How Change Happens

Some weeks ago I was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. The other bridesmaids and I went out on the town and spent some time hanging out, just chatting and enjoying our time together (and trying to keep the bride's stress level down!). Then, as we were chatting, one of the bridesmaids---we'll call her Amy---mentioned that her cousin had just come out as transgender. There was a momentary pause. Amy said she wasn't sure about the whole pronouns thing, and she just seemed really unsure about it … [Read more...]

Study Suggests Political Indoctrination May Backfire

I recently came upon this in the Atlantic: [M]any parents try to instruct their children and impart their views, perhaps hoping their kids become carbon copies of themselves, or become the people they wish they were themselves.For some parents, this quest takes on a missionary zeal: They work to indoctrinate their children with a designated political viewpoint from an early age, raising them to be young ideologues. But new research suggests trying to plant those seeds during potty training … [Read more...]

I’m Sorry

I recently had occasion to visit my state's capital building. As I walked through those halls, with their pillars and arches, two thoughts burned themselves into my brain. First, the capital building seems smaller than it did the last time I was here, ten years ago. Second, I am sorry, so very sorry. Ten years ago I was a teenager, still in high school. Did I know what I was doing? We got up early that morning, that day ten years ago, and piled into our fifteen passenger van. My dad, five or … [Read more...]


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