(RNS) The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Hobby Lobby, as a closely held private company, has religious rights and does not have to provide employees insurance that covers all birth control methods mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
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About Lauren Markoe
Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff in 2011. She was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.), where she won a 2004 first prize for feature writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She also covered government for the Charlotte Observer and the Massachusetts statehouse for the Patriot Ledger. Markoe holds B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
(RNS) Corporations can’t pray, but they do have religious rights — and other takeaways from the Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
The Mormon church excommunicates a feminist activist. The pope excommunicates the Mafia. Americans like the contraception mandate and the Amish — after a measles outbreak — are warming up to vaccines.
(RNS) The 310-303 vote marks a victory for divestment supporters both within and without the 1.8 million-member PCUSA, now the largest American church to embrace divestment as a strategy to pressure Israel to return its illegally held lands.
(RNS) Gay rights activists within the church rejoiced at their victory, which was remarkable for its lopsidedness after multiple years of razor-thin defeats.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The religious sector received 31 percent of all charitable dollars in 2013, a proportion twice as high as the second-largest U.S. sector, education.
The Supremes pass on a big religion case — at least for now. Al-Shabaab massacres Christians watching the World Cup. And Catholic politicians who are evangelical too.
(RNS) Nike’s 2014 World Cup video features dark-haired soccer robots whose team logo, to some, looks much too much like the Star of David.
(RNS) House Majority Leader Eric Cantor — the only Republican Jewish member of Congress — lost his primary. The Twitterverse responds.