Church Protests That Bike Lane Would Impede Their Free Practice of Religion 

The District of Columbia, like so many urban areas across America, is currently working on installing some bike lanes. Well, one church doesn’t like the traffic clusterfuck they believe one proposed lane would unleash, and in fact they’re pretty sure it’s an infringement on their right to practice their religion… »10/15/15 10:10am10/15/15 10:10am


Father One Step Closer to Denying His Daughters Birth Control

We’ve all forgotten Missouri State Rep. Paul Wieland, the Catholic patriarch so terrified of his own impotence that he and his wife Teresa sued the federal government to ensure that his wife and daughters would not have access to birth control covered by insurance. The inclusion, the Wielands argued, infringed on… »7/22/15 7:10pm7/22/15 7:10pm

Conservative Appeals Court Rejects Religious Whining About Obamacare

A notoriously conservative federal court has ruled that several religious institutions aren’t being oppressed by the process the federal government has created for them to opt out of providing birth control coverage. That’s a mouthful. Let me put it more simply: an ultra-conservative appeals court has directed a group… »6/22/15 8:30pm6/22/15 8:30pm

Notre Dame Again Loses Anti-Birth Control 'Religious Freedom' Appeal

An appeals court has once again told the University of Notre Dame that their religious freedom is not being compromised by the fact that they have to fill out a two-page form to get out of covering birth control. The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled yesterday that the Obama Administration wasn’t… »5/20/15 11:10am5/20/15 11:10am

Hobby Lobby Made Indiana's Religious Discrimination Bill Possible

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed SB 101 into law, a "religious freedom" bill that will allow business owners in the state to discriminate against whoever they please. A dozen other states are considering similar measures, but in the meantime, let's consider how we got here: the Supreme Court's terrible… »3/27/15 9:50am3/27/15 9:50am

Nurse Who Won't Prescribe Birth Control Sues Clinic For Not Hiring Her

When Tampa, Florida nurse Sara Hellwege applied for a job at a local family planning clinic, she matter-of-factly informed her potential employers that she would not be prescribing any hormonal contraception. When the clinic didn't hire her because prescribing birth control was part of the job, she responded by suing.… »7/21/14 2:40pm7/21/14 2:40pm

Bishops Sued Over Catholic Hospitals' Policy Of Making Women Suffer

After badgering the government to write women's health care policy around its specific beliefs, the US Council of Catholic Bishops has finally gotten itself sued over the harm those beliefs cause when put into action. Behind the first-of-its-kind suit is the American Civil Liberties Union (you know, the one that… »12/03/13 7:00pm12/03/13 7:00pm

Meet the 'Inappropriate' Female Witness Barred From Speaking at the Birth Control Hearing

Yesterday in perhaps one of the most heartbreaking visual representations of how little conservative politicians care about women I've ever seen, California Republican Representative Darrell Issa assembled a panel of 5 men to testify before a Congressional committee about how having insurers pay for birth control for… »2/17/12 5:15pm2/17/12 5:15pm

14-Year-Old Girl's Bracelet Gets Her Kicked Out Of School

In the UK, a 14-year old girl has been tossed out of school for wearing a bracelet. Thing is, she's Sikh. And the bracelet, a Kara, is a part of her faith. Her school says the bangle stands in violation of their dress code, which prevents not only the wearing of jewelry, but also the wearing of any accessories that… »11/07/07 5:30pm11/07/07 5:30pm