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Jul 09 2014

The Obama administration’s initial, parsimonious exemption

This is a depressing story, which I didn’t know about – the role of liberal columnists in stoking the fires of rage about the “religious exemption” from the ACA birth control mandate. Patricia Miller at Religion Dispatches tells that story. On the left, E.J. Dionne calls for a “broad public consultation with religious groups” on …

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Jul 08 2014

Even if they worked for businesses that had religious objections

The NY Times reports on this new bill, which (of course) preserves all the exemptions Obama already gave away to the god-botherers. Democrats in Congress said Tuesday that they had developed legislation to override the Supreme Court decision on contraceptives. The bill would ensure that women had access to insurance coverage for birth control even if …

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Jul 08 2014

Oh dear, did you hurt your hand?

The National Women’s Law Center has a great, fierce analysis of the biases of the Evil Five in the Hobby Lobby ruling on its blog. Summary: Y U ignore women, Evil Five? The majority opinion in Hobby Lobby erases women from the picture altogether. In a decision that is squarely about women’s health and equality, the male …

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Jul 07 2014

The most religious and most conservative first-world nation

Lisa Bloom explains lucidly in the Washington Post what is so radical about the Hobby Lobby ruling. The U.S. is the most religious and most conservative first-world nation, and believers have tried to opt out of our laws for centuries. For the most part, courts haven’t allowed it. May Christian Scientists forego lifesaving medical treatment …

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Jul 06 2014

Supreme pants on fire

Well, at least I have confirmation that I wasn’t exaggerating yesterday when I said Alito lied in the Hobby Lobby ruling. Dahlia Lithwick and Sonja West at Slate say the same thing. They say it with considerable heat and energy. …moments before they adjourned for their summer recess, the justices proved they can act quite …

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Jul 05 2014

They can’t be trusted

Exactly. David Ropeik writes today July 5 at Psychology Today that the theocratic Supremes can’t be trusted, because they’re dishonest. Yes they are. …more and more, trust in the most important part of that system, one of the basic foundations on which this great nation rests, is being eroded. The U.S. Supreme Court is supposed to …

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Jul 05 2014

Requiring that we become complicit in evil

Let’s go back to February 2012 for a sample of the rhetoric used by the Catholic theocrats to demand special exemptions from ordinary secular laws. A Catholic priest at the top of Human Life International made a statement. We at Human Life International stand with the Catholic bishops and a diverse group of organizations and individuals …

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Jul 05 2014

Oh, the part about limited scope? Just kidding.

Here’s a piece of news I missed, despite (I thought) paying close attention: Less than a day after the United States Supreme Court issued its divisive ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, it has already begun to toss aside the supposedly narrow interpretation of the decision. On Tuesday, the Supremes ordered lower courts to rehear any cases where …

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Jul 05 2014

A helps B to accomplish an external act by an act that is not sinful

Another article by Leslie Griffin on the Supremes and Catholic moral theology. There’s some overlap with the article I posted about yesterday. I never expected to see Father Henry Davis’s Moral and Pastoral Theology (1935) cited in a Supreme Court opinion.

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Jul 04 2014

Never mind what the women think

Getting sick of Hobby Lobby? You know how it is – there are some subjects I’ll just keep poking at for days. Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, has a post at Scotus blog. The NWLC filed an amicus brief in support of the government. Taking as a given the companies’ sincere religious beliefs that certain forms of …

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