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Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court To Rule In Landmark Birth Control Case

Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court To Rule In Landmark Birth Control Case | Upsetment | Scoop.it
On Monday, the Supreme Court is poised to rule in a landmark case about whether for-profit corporations are entitled to religious-based exceptions from neutral laws.
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The ultimate question of most SCOTUS decisions is at the intersection between conflicting rights. If we start with the premise that women have a right to equal insurance treatment regardless of where they work and that corporations have a right to religious freedom, then we have a conflict worthy of adjudication. Of course, this entire case rests on the shoulders of Citizens United, which held that corporations were persons. Take that crazy assumption out, and there would be no case. It also rests on the assumption that the government should mandate health insurance -- not just provide it as the governments in most advanced economies do. For my part, I think that striking down Citizens United by saying that corporations cannot have religious views would be the way to go.

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Upsetment | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.
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I chose to highlight the map above because it reflects one of my hobbyhorses, the correlation between the Pashtun as a people and support of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, all these maps are important and worth your time.

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Religious Groups and Employers Battle Contraception Mandate

Religious Groups and Employers Battle Contraception Mandate | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In recent months, federal courts have seen dozens of lawsuits from religious institutions and private employers who say providing birth control to employees would violate their beliefs.
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How many of those individuals behind bringing these suits actually use contraception themselves? Bet a lot. How many of them do other things in contradiction to their beliefs? Even more. How about "He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone"? As I would not decide your private moral decisions for you, so, too, do I object to your trying to decide mine for me.

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Questions Rebels Use to Tell Sunni From Shiite

Questions Rebels Use to Tell Sunni From Shiite | Upsetment | Scoop.it
How can the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria tell whether a person is a Sunni or a Shiite? From accounts, it seems they often ask a list of questions.
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If this reminds you of the questioning of the Inquisition during the Middle Ages, that is because this is exactly the same kind of religious madness. Sadly, Islam is an adolescent religion. For Christianity that stage was passed at a time when weapons were more limited and transportation took more time. Hence a religious war could last a hundred years. Sadly for the vast numbers of peace-loving Muslims in the Middle East, today's battle is being fought with modern weapons and transportation. How sad.

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Celebrating Religion through Music & Conversation

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The Aug 29 show takes a serious look at religion with a Christian singer and a Jewish author. This will be a great show.

 

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What is the name of God and does it matter? That's a question worth discussing this Thursday evening. And how can we sing His praise? Another good question. Join us.

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