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.


At DNC, UndocuBus Riders Boldly Fight Obama Administration Deportations

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 5:16 pm

The action was planned to get the attention of Democrats and the administration of President Barack Obama, which deported a record number of people in fiscal year 2011 than ever before.

NATO Summit Roundup: Pakistan Invited, Arrests at Immigration Rights Protest

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 7:25 pm

Worldwide heads of the National Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), military generals, heads of state from the alliance’s twenty-eight member countries will be coming to Chicago for a summit on May 20-21. The city will be put on lockdown all so the military arm of the G8—a group that can dial up a “humanitarian intervention” or war when it wants it—can further expand their military agenda and plot the next steps of perpetual war for Afghanistan and the wider Asian continent at the McCormick Place convention center.

I am in Chicago and will be covering developments during and in the buildup to the summit.

Late Night FDL: May Day – Walking, Dancing, Marching: It’s Good for You!

By: Tuesday May 1, 2012 8:00 pm

It’s May Day, when those of certain faiths celebrate spring with dances round the maypole (a phallic symbol if ever there was one) and jumping over the Beltane fires, along with some other heart-rate raising activities of the fornicatory variety. In modern times, May Day has become associated with another exercise: Marches! There were marches all over the world today!

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