Politics

It’s time to overturn DOMA

Bill Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996, now says it’s unconstitutional and should be struck down by the Supreme Court.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/bill-clinton-its-time-to-overturn-doma/2013/03/07/fc184408-8747-11e2-98a3-b3db6b9ac586_story.html


Longest Filibusters in History

As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wrangles over how to approach a filibuster overhaul — an effort that recently won White House support — POLITICO takes a look at the longest speeches in Senate history, based on information from the Senate Historical Office.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/wire/6896/longest_filibusters_in_history/


Of Interest 

Study: Religious Parents' Divorce May Cause Children to Leave the Church

A new study finds that children of religious parents who get divorced are more likely to lose their religion later in life. Effect is greatest among divorced couples who both regularly attend church. 

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/03/05/study-religious-parents-divorce-may-cause-children-to-leave-the-church


States 

(California) ‘In God We Trust' gets a place in city hall

San Juan Capistrano will become the latest Orange County city to display the national motto, “In God We Trust,” at its city hall. On Tuesday night, the City Council voted unanimously to accept a donation from local

churchgoers to help install the motto and appointed two members to a new subcommitte. 

http://www.ocregister.com/news/motto-212773-ocprint-city-council.html


(Texas) Abbott ad laments schools not teaching guns or Bible

In his latest political ad causing a social media stir, the state’s top lawman tackles two issues central to the state’s conservative base: guns and religion. The ad, posted on Abbott’s Facebook page on Wednesday, features a photo of a handgun next to a Bible. “Two things every American should know how to use,” it reads. “Neither of which are taught in schools.”

http://educationviews.org/abbott-ad-laments-schools-not-teaching-guns-or-bible/


(Missouri) Federal Judge Rules Public Library Must Unblock “Occult” Websites

Last year the ACLU filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court on behalf of Anaka Hunter against the Salem Public Library in Missouri. As The Raw Story reports, according to the suit filed, “Hunter had attempted to research the religions of indigenous American tribes, but discovered many websites were blocked by the library.” When Hunter asked Glenda Wofford, the Library Director why those sites were blocked she was told that “the websites could only be unblocked if she had a legitimate reason to access them.” Wofford also told Hunter that she also had an “obligation” to contact the “proper authorities” and report anyone who wanted to “view blocked websites.” ACLU Director of the Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief,Daniel Mach said, “Public libraries should be maximizing the spread of information, not blocking access to viewpoints or religious ideas not shared by the majority.

http://goodmenproject.com/good-feed-blog/federal-judge-rules-public-library-must-unblock-occult-websites/


(Virginia) Virginia’s Liberty transforms into evangelical mega-university

The small Baptist college that television preacher Jerry Falwell founded here in 1971 has capitalized on the online education boom to become an evangelical mega-university with global reach. Total enrollment now exceeds 74,000, with nearly 62,000 working toward degrees online in fields such as psychology, business, education, criminal justice and, of course, religion. That makes Liberty the largest university in Virginia — with more than double the number of students at No. 2 George Mason — and the largest private, nonprofit university in the country.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/virginias-liberty-transforms-into-evangelical-mega-university/2013/03/04/931cb116-7d09-11e2-9a75-dab0201670da_story.html


Religion 

Picking the pope: Holy Spirit or ‘groupthink’?

The unique political dynamics of the conclave to choose a new Pope. 

http://www.religionnews.com/2013/03/07/picking-the-pope-holy-spirit-or-groupthink/