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Utah Sect Cites Hobby Lobby In Child Labor Case

A federal court has ruled that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores exempts a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) from testifying in a child labor case.

According to Time magazine, Vergel Steed told the court that he made a religious vow to never publicly discuss the sect’s internal affairs and revealing information about the group, including the identities of its leaders and its governance, would violate his sincerely held religious beliefs. 

Workplace Worship?: New Seminary Course Could Be Master Class In Religious Discrimination

The Supreme Court in June handed down its verdict in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, and, just as we feared, that ruling’s reverberations continue to be felt as the Religious Right adopts the cause of corporate religion. Now, Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago has introduced an initiative that appears directly inspired by the ruling – and motivated by a desire to encourage more business owners to introduce religion into secular workplaces.

The Walking Dead?: Despite What Some Claim, The Religious Right Is Alive And Kicking

Just as author and humorist Mark Twain was once pronounced dead prematurely, so too it seems is the case with the Religious Right.

Last week, Politico published a story on “how Republicans lost the culture war.” Author Bill Scher writes that the GOP “stopped being savvy on abortion,” “got weird about birth control” and “bet wrong on gay marriage.”

Corporate Conscience?

By Jason BeDuhn

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores case, under the guise of protecting religious liberty, actually deals a blow to it. 

Teaching Religion In Public Schools: One Calif. City Does It Right

In Modesto, Calif., public school students are learning about religion in class – but it’s probably not what you think. The geography and world religion course, which is required for all high school students, is described as an objective overview of the world’s belief systems, and according to a recent article in the Modesto Bee, it succeeds in doing just that.

Building Backlash

When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its disastrous decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores June 30, millions of Americans expressed their anger. Religious Right leader Tim Wildmon was not among them.

Bridal Backlash: Fundamentalist Shop Owners Refuse to Serve Same-Sex Couple

Anti-gay discrimination masquerading as “religious freedom” is back in the news after the owners of a Bloomsburg, Pa., bridal shop turned a lesbian couple away. Think Progress reports that the owners cited their Christian beliefs as the motivation for the decision.

“We feel we have to answer to God for what we do, and providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law,” said Victoria Miller, who co-owns W.W. Bridal.

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