US Catholic Bishops Are Following the Path of Bob Jones University

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 9:09 am

When it comes to Supreme Court cases involving the freedom of religion, one of the biggest cases is Bob Jones University v US from 1983. The presenting political issue was the segregationist practices of the school, but the specific legal issue before the court was the school’s tax exempt status. Congress had passed laws that cut off federal education money from any school that practiced racial discrimination, and the school tried to claim that the first amendment gave them an exemption from such laws. SCOTUS laughed loudly. You can discriminate all you want in the way you run your school, said the justices, but you can’t expect society to subsidize it.

And now, in the wake of President Obama’s executive order granting LGBTs protection from discrimination by federal contractors, the USCCB is upset because without an exemption from this on religious grounds, they will not be able to engage in the kind of “just discrimination” to which they have become accustomed. I’d love to hear what happens when their attorneys read them the relevant parts of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bob Jones v US.

 

Anti-Gay Spokesman Spins ENDA Horror Story via Distorted Comments

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 4:30 pm

Another day, another religious right anti-gay smear.

Eugene Delgaudio Only Needs $50,000 to Stop ENDA

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 3:16 pm

Someone get the man a leotard and cape, he’s got superpowers! Eugene Delgaudio, email scam artist and president of Public Advocate of the United States, “a nonprofit organization that fights the radical agenda of the Homosexual Lobby,” just emailed me with this amazing claim about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act…

Religious Right Counting on Transgender Horror Stories to Stop ENDA

By: Monday November 4, 2013 8:15 pm

As the United States Senate gets closer to a vote on ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act), religious right groups are pulling out their trusty “do you want your children taught by crossdressers, drag queens, and transgenders” card.

Seven Times The Family Research Council Has Distorted ENDA

By: Tuesday October 29, 2013 2:54 pm

It has been announced that ENDA will be coming up again soon. Part of me cringes because I know that this means we will be hearing all sorts of things about “Christians being persecuted” for not serving gays and “Christian nursery schools being forced to hire crossdressers.”

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act Reaches Milestone with Its 52nd sponsor

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:15 am

The Washington Blade reports that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is about to sign on to the 2013 version of ENDA. That means the bill has more sponsors than the 2001 version of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act; it held the previous record for the most sponsors of any LGBT bill.

If Gabriel Gomez Supports ENDA, Why Doesn’t He Say So Publicly?

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 6:40 pm

Today Washington Blade claims that “Gabriel Gomez endorses ENDA“, the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Congressman Ed Markey and Mr. Gomez are vying for the U. S. Senate seat recently vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Dignity and Wisdom of Julian Bond on Religious Liberty and Inclusion

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 12:48 pm

This civil rights hero and ally – the chairman emeritus of the NAACP – so effortlessly states the obvious: discrimination is wrong. As we await the rulings on the same-sex marriage cases before SCOTUS — Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage known as Prop 8, and United States v. Windsor, the challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Julian Bond’s op-ed is a reminder of how absurd, hypocritical and weak the anti-equality side is. It clings to a particular religious point of view to justify institutionalized discrimination. We’ve been there before, and they have short memories.

Make Gabriel Gomez Work for His Photo Op at Boston Pride Today

By: Saturday June 8, 2013 11:30 am

Gabriel Gomez, Republican candidate for the open US. Senate seat in Massachusetts, says that he’ll be “dropping by the Boston Pride Festival in Boston (City Hall Plaza) at 3:00 pm” today.

US Senate Candidate Gabriel Gomez Answers My ENDA Question, Sort Of

By: Wednesday May 29, 2013 4:57 pm

This afternoon I had the opportunity to ask Republican senatorial candidate Gabriel Gomez his views on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate in July.

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