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5 Myths About the Catholic Vote And How to Counter Them

Think you know how Catholic voters feel about the issues and how they’ll vote in the elections? Think again.

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POLL: Half of Tea Party Followers Also Aligned with Religious Right

A new poll confirms that “tea-partiers” align heavily with the religious right.  One part of me says, Duh. The other is glad for the evidence.

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Guns and Genitals: Sex-Ed Montana Style

Many of the same states that resist comprehensive sex ed also have loose laws for gun ownership.  Gun-rights advocates maintain that straight-forward education is the best way to keep kids safe. So why do we treat sex ed differently?

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Weekly Pulse: The Religious Right vs. Birth Control

HHS has 18 months to decide whether to require insurers to provide oral contraceptives, IUDs, and other prescription birth control with no co-pay.  The far right is already organizing against this.

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Hypocrisy Watch: Yet Another Legislator of Morality to Resign Over Affair with Staffer (UPDATED)

Yet another in a lengthening line of legislative moralizers will resign today as a result of his own hypocrisy.  Today’s example is Congressman Mark Souder. 

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(SLIDE SHOW) Focus on the Family Emerges From Dobson’s Shadow

James Dobson has officially stepped down as chair of Focus on the Family. However, Dobson won’t be out of the public eye nor will the global evangelical media empire’s chief, Jim Daly.

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Chris Smith Prays for Obama. I Am Praying for Smith.

Chris Smith is obsessed with abortion, and with thwarting women’s rights. Smith, whose top campaign contributor is Right to Life’s PAC, has made it his mission to make both contraception and safe abortion inaccessible here and abroad.

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When Church Becomes State

Why does the religious right demand government interference in matters of sexuality and yet eagerly block government involvement in matters of welfare? By eliminating government assistance, they hope to force the public to turn to the church.

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Roundup: GOP Supports Big Government: Under Your Bed, In Your Bed, and In Your Medicine Chest

Those wild and crazy Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee can’t make up their minds about big government! They like big government subsidies if they are from farm states with lots of farmers (alive, dead, whose counting?), but they don’t like big government subsidies for poor women seeking, say, contraceptive supplies, breast and cervical cancer treatment, or testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (bad, bad, bad!).

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Family Planning is a Green Technology

Two hundred million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to contraception. Recent research suggests that filling this gap is a humane and cost-effective human rights and environmental strategy.

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