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Bad Medicine: Prescription For Theocracy?

Who should decide what religious doctrines you obey? You or your pharmacist. In a move that troubles many civil liberties advocates, some pharmacists across the nation are refusing to fill certain prescriptions, claiming a First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

Ohio Restoration Project: Bringing Theocracy To The Heartland

A fundamentalist congregation in Ohio is spearheading a right-wing Christian drive to dominate politics in the Buckeye State. Fairfield Christian Church of Lancaster has an ambition so great that it caught the attention of The New York Times, which recently reported that the church and its allies are "mounting a campaign to win control of local government posts and Republican organizations, starting with the 2006 governor's race."

Million Dollar Baby: Ralph Reed Recruited Dobson Into High-Stakes Casino Game

Poor James Dobson! A few weeks ago, the prominent Religious Right broadcaster had a much-publicized and much-lampooned run-in with cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. Now Dobson's name is being dragged through the mud in connection with a Washington lobbying scandal.

According to news media accounts, political consultant (and former Christian Coalition Executive Director) Ralph Reed recruited Dobson into a controversial multi-million-dollar attempt to help Native American casino owners block the opening of a competing casino in Louisiana.

Faith-Based Fiasco: Department Of Justice Backs Bias

In 2003, more than a dozen workers at the Salvation Army in New York City filed a lawsuit against the group's new practice of discriminating on the basis of religion. As in many civil rights cases, attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) civil rights division joined the case. Oddly enough, they joined in support of the Salvation Army instead of the employees accusing the group of discrimination.

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Reject Parochial School Bailout

After a Tuesday meeting with Cardinal John Egan, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declared that a tax credit subsidizing Catholic school tuition "is not something they would consider" reported the Ithaca Journal.

The cardinal had been working to drum up support for the special tax credit in the hopes of adding $460 million to the coffers of his private school system. In his lobbying, Egan appealed to the fact that 42 Catholic schools are slated to close in June.