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Acute Agenda: For The House Leadership, Keeping The Religious Right Happy Is Job One

A week ago, I was sitting in a hotel ballroom surrounded by 3,000 Religious Right activists at the “Values Voter Summit.” Among the speakers we heard was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

Cantor talked about several issues, among them jobs. In fact, we’ve been told over and over again that this Congress wants to get America back to work. But here’s a funny thing: We’re not actually getting legislation that has anything to do with jobs. It’s simply not on the House’s agenda.

Pregnant Pause: Taxpayer Funding For Abortion ‘Counseling’ Subsidizes Fundamentalist Religion

South Dakota legislators recently passed a controversial law placing new restrictions on abortion. A three-day waiting period (the longest in the nation) has drawn the most attention, but another provision is problematic from a church-state perspective. It requires any woman seeking an abortion to first undergo “counseling” at a “crisis pregnancy center.”

Bad Conscience: Obama Administration Rejects Oppressive Bush Medical Regulations

Last week, the Obama administration did something that didn’t capture much media attention but should have: It officially overturned a bad policy from the Bush years and issued a series of final regulations dealing with health care and the right of “conscience.”

Alarming Amendment: Fundamentalists Use ‘Personhood’ Proposal To Invade America’s Bedrooms

The theocrats who yearn to take away our freedoms and run our lives according to their strict fundamentalist dogma are nothing if not resourceful. They’re always thinking up new strategies.

Case in point is a group called Personhood USA, a new entry in the world of the Religious Right. The organization’s theory is that it can ban legal abortion by passing state constitutional amendments declaring that a fertilized egg is legally a person.

Red Mass Mandate: Archbishop Advises High Court Justices About Religion And Government

Yesterday morning, I attended the Red Mass here in Washington along with five Supreme Court justices and Vice President Joe Biden. Okay, we weren’t in the same pew – they were in the front rows; I wasn’t.

But all of us heard Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, an American who now works at the Vatican, give a homily that instructed those in attendance on how they should feel about same-sex marriage, abortion and the dire threat of “humanism.”

Voices For Choice: Religious Leaders Say Stupak Amendment Is The Pitts

As we start off this week, the debate over reproductive rights restrictions in the U.S. House's proposed health-care legislation continues to rage.

The Young And The Restless: Religious Right Millennials Gird For Battle

I endured my second Values Voter Summit over the weekend, and as my colleague Rob Boston shared with you yesterday, it was an interesting time.

Like Rob, I was subjected to some crazy Religious Right rants and raves. But it doesn't upset me that much any more. After all, I've read or heard most of them before, and the majority of the Summit speakers are older and ultra-conservative. I practically expect them to be backward.

No Sense Of Decency: The Moral Bankruptcy Of Randall Terry

Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas abortion provider, was shot to death in church Sunday morning. Is it so hard to say that this was a heinous act that should be condemned by all reasonable people?

Apparently it is for some. Religious Right theocrat Randall Terry reserved space at the National Press Club yesterday to opine that Tiller got what he deserved.

The Devil And Bishop Finn: Catholic Prelate Wages Spiritual War To Enforce God's Law

Are you an agent of Satan? Bishop Robert W. Finn thinks you might be.

In a recent address to the Catholic Church-sponsored "Gospel of Life Convention," Finn stated bluntly, "We are at war!"

Using highly intemperate language, the Kansas City, Mo., prelate said the "Church Militant" is "engaged in a constant warfare with Satan" and "human enemies," people who are "deceived by Satan's distortions and lies."

The Bishops And ACORN: Did The Catholic Hierarchy Fund A Democratic Voter Registration Drive?

Should America's Roman Catholic bishops deny themselves communion for engaging in forbidden political activities?

I'm certainly no scholar of church law, but I think you can make a pretty good case that they should.

As everyone knows, a large faction of the Catholic hierarchy has spent much of this year demanding that Catholic politicians conform American law to the church's doctrinal stance on abortion. These same bishops have demanded that Catholics vote only for political candidates who comply with church teachings as well.

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