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.
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Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman whom the Religious Right has fought to keep alive against her husband's will, isn't dead yet - but already right-wing groups are using her to make money.
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."
Americans United's release of a closed-door recording of top congressional leaders Tom DeLay and Bill Frist kowtowing to the Religious Right has generated significant media interest - and is helping Americans understand the threat theocratic extremists pose to our freedoms.
Michigan's Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm has joined a growing number of politicians seemingly seeking to use the Bush' administration's so-called "faith-based" initiative to curry favor with those so-called "values voters."
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.
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.
A 16-year battle over a 43-foot-tall cross on public land in San Diego ended Tuesday when the San Diego City Council voted not to transfer the cross to the federal government, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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.
The Supreme Court heard back-to-back arguments in two cases dealing with government display of the Ten Commandments this morning, and interest from the national media has been high. Americans United has been in the thick of it.