Wheaton College cancels health coverage for 750 students rather than filling out a form.

So with the Affordable Care Act comes a religious exemption: if you’re a religious employer that doesn’t want to provide contraception you must fill out a form and the funding for that contraception will come from elsewhere.  It’s a win-win: people still get their birth control, religious people don’t have to provide it.  And so [Read More…]

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Catholic Church boycotting huge shipment of polio vaccine being dispensed to Kenya.

The World Health Organization is working with the government of Kenya to provide the country with a huge supply of polio vaccines to inoculate the nation’s children.  Less children getting sick is an awesome thing, but there appears to be a hurdle: the Catholic Church is urging the citizenry to boycott the vaccines: Roman Catholic [Read More…]

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BREAKING: OK Supreme Court will not rehear the 10 commandments case. Monument on state capitol must go.

A few weeks ago the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a 10 commandments monument (to the exclusion of other monuments) on the state capitol grounds was a violation of the separation of church and state (file that under “no shit”).  But afterward Gov. Mary Fallin said the monument would remain.  She tried to justify this [Read More…]

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Touch ’em all ministries.

Somewhere, at some point, somebody heard that name suggested and said, “Yes!  That!  I can’t think of anything better!” I can’t make this stuff up. Apparently they’re a group that goes to sporting events to evangelize to people who went there to watch their kids play tee ball, not a Catholic group. Hemant actually called [Read More…]

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IN clerk fired for not doing her job/discrimination has filed a lawsuit claiming she was discriminated against.

Sometimes the dumb is thick enough to suffocate anybody in the immediate area.  That’s what’s going on here. An Indiana clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to certain people (same-sex couples) who are legally entitled to them (same-sex couples) and, not surprisingly, was fired for not doing her job.  Now she’s suing the county: Linda [Read More…]

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Pastor who feeds congregants snakes promising they’ll turn into chocolate arrested for animal cruelty.

I don’t get some preachers.  Like, they had to just be sitting around thinking “How can we make people like us enough to keep coming to church and to convince them that god is feeding us the wisdom of the universe?  Could we tell them to exercise regularly?  Could we tell them god commands hugs [Read More…]

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ACLU thanks highly conservative lawmaker from Arkansas for the $100,000 “contribution” to future lawsuits.

A constant theme on this blog is a state senator from my home state of Arkansas, Jason Rapert, because he’s constantly being terrible. This is the guy who was beside himself that a gay pride parade could be held on a Sunday.  He also wanted to impeach the judge who struck down the state’s gay marriage [Read More…]

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North Carolina court says taxpayer money going to religious schools is ok.

In a completely partisan 4-3 decision the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled last week that a program that gives tax dollars to families wanting to send their child to religious schools rather than public schools is legal: A divided state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Republican-backed program that spends taxpayer money on [Read More…]

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Duggars go from their show getting cancelled being “a blessing” to being heartbroken in about a week.

A week ago the Duggars were saying they were looking at the cancellation of their TV show as a blessing.  Now that the reality has set in they’re singing a very different tune: The cancellation came two months after a 2006 police report surfaced revealing that Josh Duggar had been accused at age 14 of [Read More…]

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Federal court rules Washington pharmacists must dispense birth control regardless of religious beliefs.

Here’s a win: at least in the state of Washington pharmacists can’t deny customers emergency contraceptives just because their religion supposedly gets them an exemption from doing their job: Washington state can force pharmacies to dispense Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal appeals court said Thursday in a long-running lawsuit brought by pharmacists [Read More…]

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