http://www.hulu.com/embed/wu2Ks88INMN0TvW7rfYkgw Follow-up to my previous post about “The Pill and Religious Freedom”. How could I ever forget to include Jon Stewart in my list of important and informative resources on such a relevant topic… i just don’t know. His point is that regardless of the First Amendment implications, this does not equal religious persecution. I… Read more
The first representation of Saint Valentine appeared in the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493); alongside the woodcut portrait of Valentine, the text states that he was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Claudius II, known as Claudius Gothicus. He was arrested and imprisoned upon being caught marrying Christian couples and otherwise aiding Christians who were at… Read more Be a Martyr for Valentine’s Day
The Issue: Obama is pushing forward one element of his landmark health reform bill (PPACA), which is to provide birth cotrol to all women without a co-pay. The administration sees it as a public safety issue in which millions of dollars can be saved in health costs preventatively. The Complications: Catholic women use birth control… Read more The Pill and Religious Freedom
VIA Adam McClane: Sweet Home Alabama? Adam is a friend of mine and this post about Alabama’s new immigration laws is really important. It speaks for itself, but I really appreciated his pull-quotes about people in a local congregation not wanting to extend the peace of Christ to the latinos in their own congregation. Wow!
So, the most recent roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes derogatorily called Obamacare) is to require all insurance policies to cover birth control without a co-pay. This seems great… unless you’re Catholic, of course. Catholics don’t “officially” believe in birth control. There are several other very conservative denominations who also equate birth control with pre-emptive abortion,… Read more “The Pill” on Both Your Houses!
Welcome to my blog about religion and politics. I’ve been posting some random First Amendment type stuff for the past few months, trying to find “my voice” and see what topics seem most interesting. Now, I’m going live! I’ve invited a ton of people to come check it out. So, “HI! Glad you’re here! Say… Read more Welcome! Say Something!
‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ Exposed: The Real Story Of The Religious Right’s Attempt To Control Politics Through Pastors This is my first attempt at reblogging. I believe dwiwyd and I come at things a bit differently, but we’re interested in similar topics. And in this case, we agree. dwiwyd: The religious right are determined to get into… Read more ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ Exposed: The Real Story Of The Religious Right’s Attempt To Control Politics Through Pastors
Competition in Politics hurts Everyone DISCLAIMER: This isn’t really a Church/State post, but since I focus on political topics I thought I’d throw these two cents in. I read Addictinginfo.org somewhat regularly. He’s wildly liberal but his blog is very effective in bringing relevant issues to attention and being provocative about it. But… this post… Read more Competition in Politics hurts Everyone
The Ministerial Exception Exists… Says Supreme Court Catholic San Fransisco reported on this important Supreme Court decision that some say is the “most significant religious liberty decision in many years”. Basically, the court ruled that churches can fire ministers for whatever reason they want. They can legally discriminate against their ministers and exercise their discrimination… Read more The Ministerial Exception Exists… Says Supreme Court
Florida ♥’s Prayer in Schools Attached is the text of a recent bill passed in Florida. There’s a subtle uproar in the church-state-osphere about this, and understandably so. This bill allows school districts boards to choose “an inspirational message, including prayers of invocation or benediction” to be read at any “non-compulsory” student gatherings. This basically says “we’re… Read more Florida ♥’s Prayer in Schools