The news is that the Roman Catholic bishop of the diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, Robert Morlino, has reserved to himself permission to perform “problematic” Baptisms. That is, parish clergy may not perform these without his prior approval.

How could a Baptism be problematic? Why single out a specific group of parents for special permission from the bishop to baptize their child? What exactly is going on here?

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2009 was a grim year for social conservatives. Barack Obama was an ambitious and popular new president. Republicans, and their conservative philosophy, were largely discredited in the public eye by a failed war and a massive recession. And the GOP’s effort to reshape its message was still in its awkward adolescence. If the conservative movement had a mascot, it would have been a white man dressed as Paul Revere and waving a misspelled sign.

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The Supreme Court issued a decision in the Hobby Lobby case that closely held, for-profit companies with religious objections to following the federal health care law’s requirement to provide coverage for birth control in their employee health plan do not have to do so because they are protected by a federal law known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
Ultimately, the Supreme Court ruled against American women and families, giving bosses the right to discriminate against women and deny their employees access to birth control coverage.
We’re deeply disappointed and troubled by this ruling because it means that some bosses will be able to interfere with their employees’ access to birth control.

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