U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) urged courts and legislators to “tear down” the wall of separation between church and state in a November opinion column for The Washington Times.
“Simply put, the idea of a rigid separation between church and state is without any basis in our history or laws,” Hatch wrote. He went on to argue that most Founding Fathers didn’t agree with Thomas Jefferson’s concept of a “wall of separation” between church and state; instead, Hatch said they favored John Adams’ view, which he characterized as a “mild and equitable establishment of religion.”
Political allies of the Religious Right, like U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), are trying to convince the American public that the federal government wants to force nuns to buy birth control.
“You know, every American should know about the Little Sisters of the Poor,” Cruz said during an address at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., in 2014. “You want to talk about values? Right now the federal government is suing the Little Sisters of the Poor to try to force Catholic nuns to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.”
It finally happened. I was actually invited to participate in an event at Liberty University!
Although I have spoken at Pat Robertson’s Regent University on several occasions and was even a judge once at its law school’s moot court competition, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell’s creation in Lynchburg, Va., had always been an impenetrable venue for me. I assumed that the failure to have me there may have been related to a comment Falwell once made on CNN’s “Crossfire” – that he would not allow me to preach “out on the corner” near Thomas Road Baptist Church.
The Obama Administration recently issued the latest in a series of regulations designed to ensure that Americans have access to affordable birth control, but the move is unlikely to resolve litigation over the matter, says Americans United.
I want to do the right thing,” said Jennifer Schoenrock of Waynesville, Mo.
Schoenrock, a court clerk in Pulaski County, recently informed the conservative World magazine that the “right thing” is to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even if the Supreme Court makes marriage equality the law of the land this month. Couples who come in seeking licenses, she explained, “are like my kids. I can’t do it.”
The Religious Right celebrated a victory in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, but fundamentalists may soon change their tune if a humanistic group successfully uses its religious beliefs to undo a restrictive new abortion law.
Americans United Associate Legal Director Alex J. Luchenitser recently wrote an analysis for the prestigious Harvard Law & Policy Review of whether a recent Supreme Court ruling will lead to religious exemptions from anti-discrimination measures.