Republican Puritanism: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan believe wealthiness is next to godliness
Republican Puritanism: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan believe wealthiness is next to godliness

The poor and vulnerable would suffer greatly under these Republican puritans who see money as a sign of God’s favor.

Is it the christian right’s puritanical paradigms that are keeping us locked into this WASPy Plutocratic Aristocracy?

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Paul Ryan: Hypocrite and Ayn Randian Poseur
Paul Ryan: Hypocrite and Ayn Randian Poseur

Mitt Romney couldn’t have chosen a better example of the fakery at the heart of today’s GOP.

Is Romney’s selection of a Jesuitical Objectivist smart?

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5 Loopholes Churches Exploit for Cash
5 Loopholes Churches Exploit for Cash

U.S. law is honeycombed with examples of special benefits that organized religions enjoy.

Do you guys want to start a church with me?

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Campaign against birth control is religious fanaticism

'We used to have a different kind of debate on the role of the Catholic Church in US politics. Granted, that debate was bigoted and paranoid about grubby papist hordes from Italy, Ireland and Poland who privileged loyalty to Rome over pledging allegiance to the United States flag. But from that 19th century tension arose a fundamental belief that we now more or less take for granted: the separation between church and state.'

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War on Religion or War on Democracy?

'It is not a “war on religion” when 1st Amendment protections are employed to protect both freedom of religion and freedom from religion — because nobody has the right to write their theology into our Constitution.'

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Bill Moyers: Why Religion Should Not Dictate Our Politics

'The president did something agile and wise the other day. And something quite important to the health of our politics. He reached up and snuffed out what some folks wanted to make into a cosmic battle between good and evil. No, said the president, we're not going to turn the argument over contraception into Armageddon, this is an honest difference between Americans, and I'll not see it escalated into a holy war. So instead of the government requiring Catholic hospitals and other faith-based institutions to provide employees with health coverage involving contraceptives, the insurance companies will offer that coverage, and offer it free.'

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Has Obama Exposed the Powerlessness of the US Bishops?

'In politics, it's said, the perception of power amounts to power itself. If that's the case, then the political power of the U.S. Catholic Bishops has long been based on little more than perception, that of an all-powerful church, an idea too often advanced by a corporate media romanced by the clerics' silken vestments and those great stone piles in which they preach. But among the people of the church, the bishops' pronouncements on matters of sex and politics don't amount to a hill of beans.'

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The Politics of Catholic Opposition to Birth Control

'The confrontation between the bishops and the White House over coverage contraception in all health plans has not ended with the president’s announced resolution of the conflict on February 10th. The issue is both theological and political, but neither bishops nor politicians are usually adept at both. It is possible to be a great bishop in theological terms but also a lousy politician, just as good politicians can lack the basics of theology.'

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At CPAC, candidates decry President Obama’s ‘war on religion’

'President Obama is trying to accommodate Catholic bishops on birth control, but at CPAC, Republican presidential candidates still ranted about his assault on religion.

At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Friday, Newt Gingrich warned that Obama would “declare war” on the Catholic Church if he were reelected.

Mitt Romney, who in recent days has been decrying Obama’s “war on religion,” pledged that he would “reverse every single Obama regulation that attacks our religious liberty and threatens innocent human life in this country.”’

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Just the Facts: Churches and the Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

The Obama administration’s recent decision to require all employers, with the exception of churches and places of worship, to cover contraceptives in health care plans continues to cause a firestorm of controversy. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on Thursday that the rule is unconstitutional. Catholic bishops continue to call the rule an “attack” on “religious liberty” and are calling on the administration to broaden the exemption and Congress to pass a law that could overturn it. The administration, however, is standing firm on its decision.

Misinformation on how the rules works has leaked into the media. For instance, pro-life and religious groups continue to claim the rule would force employers to pay for drugs that cause abortion, which the administration says is not the case. Senior White House officials held a conference call with reporters on Thursday to clear up any misunderstandings. Here’s a rundown of the most important facts according to those who actually wrote the rule:’

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