Posts tagged "aclu"

Conscience With a Mission

In the wake of the November excommunication and demotion of Arizona hospital administrator Sister Margaret McBride, for approving an emergency termination of a pregnancy to save a woman's life, the ACLU has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of Kathleen Sebelius' Department of...

Church of Scouting

16 February 2006 An appellate court case in California is currently underway to determine whether the Boy Scouts of America is a religious organization and thus barred under federal law from leasing public property and facilities from the City of San Diego under preferential terms. The current lawsuit began in 2000 when the ACLU sued San Diego...

Six Catholics, or Half a Dozen Communists?

21 December 2005 ACLU publishes a PDF of a recent FBI report on a Catholic Worker group in California. It reads like an old ’60s Jesus freak satire: One arrestee reveals that Catholics “advocate peace and love thru [sic] prayer.” The author of the report concludes that they’re communists.

Qur’anic Oaths

09 December 2005 A North Carolina judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of North Carolina and the Greensboro Muslim Syidah Mateen which asked the judge to clarify the legality of using non-Christian texts, such as the Qur’an, for oath-taking in court cases. The case came about after two of the county’s top judges...

Faith-Based Rehab

08 December 2005 A Catholic man in Detroit who pled guilty to possession of marijuana and chose to attend a Pentecostal-run rehabilitation program rather than go to prison has become an example of the downfalls of faith-based programs partnering too closely with the government and taking over government functions. The man, Joseph Hanas, told the...

Daily Links 15 December 2004

Who’s Your Jesus? Douglas LeBlanc, of GetReligion, sees Ray Waddle’s four “Dueling Messiahs” (“Free-market Messiah,” “Peace-and-Justice Jesus,” “Silence of the Lamb (of God)” and “Redeemer Revisited”) and raises him a “Cool Older Brother” and “Live Long and Prosper Jesus”… Christmas in Iraq Foreign Minister of Iraq, Hoshyar Zebari, promises the Pope in a private meeting that...

Daily Links 02 December 2004

Against Spirituality Revealer editor Jeff Sharlet on the CBC (Canadian public radio) program “Tapestry,” Sunday, December 5, at 2:05 p.m. ET, AT, CT, 2:35 NT, 3:05 PT, and 4:05 MT on CBC Radio One. Mary Hynes lets Sharlet and Killing the Buddha co-author Peter Manseau explain why they don’t like the term “spirituality.” Check here on Sunday to listen online. Who You...

Daily Links 18 November 2004

The Truly Cool Don’t The Louisiana ACLU has threatened the Governor’s Office with legal action unless it stops violating a 2002 settlement over government funds to promote religion via its abstinence education website. The ACLU charges that the website violates the separation clearly by promoting religion in a Q&A section; by advising readers that abstaining...