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What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court on Monday sided with the evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., ruling 5-4 that the arts-and-crafts chain does not have to offer insurance for types of birth control that conflict wit ...

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Closely held corporations cannot be compelled to pay for contraception coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in its highly anticipated Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores case. Clos ...

Southern Baptists Pray for 'Favorable' Hobby Lobby Ruling
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Southern Baptists prayed Wednesday that the Supreme Court would rule in favor of the Green family, the evangelical owners of the Hobby Lobby craft chain that challenged the contraception mandate in the Afforda ...

Exporting Democracy...
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. ...although maybe we should have kept a little for ourselves. FOR MORE THAN two centuries, the ...

Beauty in Battered Places
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard A conversation with novelist and activist Denise Giardina. “THE CHURCH radicalized me,” celebrat ...

Religious Groups Play Key Role in Obamacare Insurance Sign-up
Originally Posted: 03/20/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

As the national March 31 deadline for health insurance enrollment looms and with President Obama’s encouragement, organizations across a range of faiths are working to sign up uninsured Americans for coverage ...

The Evangelical Campaign Against Birth Control Is Really About Obama
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 5:38pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Rob Shryock ...

What’s Abortifacient? Disputes Over Birth Control Fuel Obamacare Fight
Originally Posted: 01/29/2014 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s provision that employers must provide insurance coverage with no co-pays for contraception. C ...

Getting Real for the New Year
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 6:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Don't make promises you can't keep. THIS IS OUR first issue of the new year, and with ...

Let's Go Beyond Consumerism, Citizenship, and Individualism
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Deeper than individual rights and responsibilities, we are called to surrender our prerogatives and take on the burdens of others — not because we have to, but out of love. Over t ...

Health Care Is a Moral and Religious Issue
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Yes, the rollout has been a complete mess. How proponents of such a contentious program can be so unprepared for folks to actually use it is mind-boggling. But while we’re preoccupied with the Capitol Hill fig ...

A Canadian Who Loves Her Health-Care System
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

Until the American people come to realize that our current mishmash of a system is costing them a lot more than a more centralized system could, we will keep on paying more, getting less, and regularly shuttin ...

Supreme Court Poised to Turn Right in 2013 Term
Originally Posted: 10/04/2013 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

The justices, whose term begins Monday, could rule against racial minorities in two cases and abortion rights in one or two others. They also could uphold prayers at government meetings, ease restrictions on w ...

Why the Government Shutdown Is Unbiblical
Originally Posted: 10/03/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Whether or not you are a person of faith, you might find it interesting to see what the Bible says about the mess we are now in. One of the most depressing things I heard on the f ...

Who Elected These Clowns?
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

In a world far removed from the tragic cesspool of Washington scheming and maneuvering, real people flocked to Central Park on El Camino Real for this town’s first Bacon & Brew Festival. ...

Christian Social Justice Leaders Unhappy With Congress As Government Shutdown Looms
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:34pm | Type: Press

September 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Morgan Lee ...

Faith Leaders Urge Compromise As Government Shuts Down
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The federal government began shutting down overnight, for the first time since 1996, after Congress failed to compromise on how to fund federal agencies — battling instead over implementation of the Affordable ...

U.S. Asks Supreme Court to Review Hobby Lobby’s Birth Control Mandate Challenge
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

Federal officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the government mandate that private companies offer employees birth control coverage despite the business owner’s moral objections, with the compan ...

Partisan Fighting Spells Trouble for Church Insurance Under Obamacare
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

An effort to tweak President Obama’s health care reform bill to fill a gap for church health insurance plans could fail because of Republicans’ insistence on repealing the law. ...

Hip-Hip-Hooray for Belgium!
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Opponents of Obamacare like to talk about how long it takes to get a hip replacement in, say, Canada —even though the Affordable Care Act is nothing like the Canadian health plan. Let's put this in perspe ...

Actually, the U.S. is NOT Spending More Than Any Other Country on Health
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

Old News: U.S. spends more on healthcare, gets worse results. Interesting Spin on Old News: Medical and social spending should be seen as a whole. Really Disheartening Current Situation: Many U.S. legislators ...

Refusing Service in The Name of Religion is Never Acceptable
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

In Vermont, a country inn declined to provide a wedding reception for a same-sex marriage. In Hawaii, the owner of a bed and breakfast refused a double room to a lesbian couple. Both said providing service wou ...

House to Vote on Obamacare Delay
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

House Speaker John Boehner promised today that the House will hold a vote over whether to delay a key part of Obamacare. House Speaker John Boehner promised today that the House ...

Catholics, Baptists Push Back on Obama Administration's Final Contraception Mandate Rules
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Just days after the Obama administration issued final rules to religious groups for its contraception mandate, a broad coalition spearheaded by Catholic and Southern Baptist leaders is pushing back. ...

Report: Slowdown in Health Care Costs to Continue
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

"Obamacare" continues to be at the forefront of our nation’s health care epidemic. "Obamacare" continues to be at the forefront of our nation’s health care ...

Review: 'Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father — And How We Can Fix It'
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

I was so ready to read a book that would solve America's health-care crisis. This week the company my husband works for unveiled the health-insurance plans available to us b ...

Obama Administration Simplifies Health Care Form
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

The first draft of form was confusing and complex so the Obama administration has created a simplified application for healthcare. The first draft of form was confusing and compl ...

Sharing the Crayons
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

All that we have is given to us — life, love, compassion, our very existence. None of it is earned. Each breath is a freely given gift, each heartbeat a moment of divine grace, each day another opportunity tha ...

Poll: Most Americans Say Employers Should Cover Contraception
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 5:57pm | Type: Blog

A new poll shows that almost two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) believe businesses should be required to provide contraception coverage for free, even if it conflicts with the owner’s religious ethics. ...

Wheaton College Files Injuction for 'Emergency Relief' from HHS Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Today Wheaton College, a leading evangelical Christian school and the alma mater of the Rev. Billy Graham in Illinois, sought an injunction for "emergency relief," as it seeks to remain exempt from t ...

Wheaton College Joins Lawsuit Against Obama's Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Wheaton College, Billy Graham’s alma mater and a top evangelical school, joined Catholic groups in a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate even as a federal judge’s ruling clouded pr ...

Affordable Care Act Is a Step in the Right Direction
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

I don’t talk much about the Affordable Care Act in day-to-day conversation, even with the Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold its constitutionality. In fact, I try to avoid it. It’s just not a convers ...

Obamacare and Why Churches Don’t Need to Be Political Mono-Cultures
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Reality is that the decision divided America once again and the sides divided turned on each other in vicious and sometimes alarming ways. House for All Sinners and Saints, the co ...

Poll: Americans Split on Supreme Court Health Care Ruling
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

A poll taken days before the high court's ruling found that 43 percent of Americans said the court should not overturn the law, and 35 percent hoped it would. The Supreme Cou ...

Health Care and Judgment Day (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

One-hundred years after Teddy Roosevelt pressed for a national health care program — the Supreme Court has levied its judgment: States can opt out, but they cannot prevent the nation from offering its citizens ...

The Affordable Care Act: Without a Vision, the People Perish
Originally Posted: 06/29/2012 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

While I appreciate the political analysis and the importance of political processes to the wellbeing of the United States, I believe that a majority of coverage has missed one of the most remarkable points of ...

What Chief Justice Roberts Did Not Say
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

In upholding the ACA, Roberts said that a judgment as to the wisdom of the law is reserved to the people. I say: the law is a good thing. In 2009, during the debate over health ca ...

The U.S. Supreme Court: Health Care, Immigration, Juvenile Justice and More
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

Today, in a long and complicated ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. This is an important victory for millions of uninsured people in our country and ultimately a triumph of the comm ...