Yesterday the president signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT folks, and happily did not add a religious exemption, and we expressed our appreciation:
Too often religious beliefs are used as an excuse to avoid obeying laws that apply to everyone else, as the regrettable Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case illustrates. … [This] is a welcome step in the right direction, toward a secular government in which religion can’t be used as a shield for prejudice and unequal treatment.
RNS’s David Gibson calls Obama’s decision to allow religious contractors to use religious beliefs as a hiring criteria (which we’re not happy about) a „split-the-baby“ solution. And usually, atheists love those kinds of solutions.
The Navy vs. whales? The militarization of dolphins? It’s covered on the latest Point of Inquiry with guest Joshua Horwitz.
CFI-Indiana’s chief and the head of our Secular Celebrant program, Reba Boyd Wooden, is a guest on the State of Belief radio show, guest-hosted by RNS’s Kevin Eckstrom. They talk about, of course, our big win for Secular Celebrants in Indiana. And if you want to be a Secular Celebrant, now’s your chance. Well, in August is your chance.
New Jersey’s Sen. Cory Booker introduces the Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act, which requires pharmacists to actually do their jobs and dispense birth control to women with prescriptions despite any religious objections.