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For those of you with a nose for religious revivals, the conditions seem ripe for evangelism in the board rooms of America.

My hunch is that the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision could lead corporate bigwigs to Hobby Nobby with the Lord. Exxon, Monsanto, Merck and the rest of you -- draw near to the sawdust trail. Proclaim your piety and receive the joy of denying coverage of pregnancy protection to your employees.

Exploring the T in LGBT

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Religious institutions have been grappling for years with their responses to the LG in LGBT: gay and lesbian couples. The Catholic hierarchy has yet to come to terms with the growing acceptance of gay relationships in civil society. But a glance at the polls shows that the Catholic laity is much more accepting of gay relationships than are the bishops. A majority (57 percent) of Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally.

Save our nation: reduce military spending

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Every summer, the director of the St. Louis Peace Economy Project and an intern take a letter to Congress calling for the reduction of military spending to save our domestic needs and safety-net programs. They carry the signatures of those who sign on and deliver the letter to those representatives and senators in Washington, D.C.

The letters are all personalized with the names of the members of Congress and the signers. I'm on the project's board, and I've been sending the letter out to my email list to collect signatures. Here is the body of the letter:

US bishops: 'Justice has prevailed' at Supreme Court

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The president of the U.S. bishops has praised Monday's Supreme Court ruling regarding coverage of contraceptive services in health care plans, claiming that "justice has prevailed."

Issuing a statement in response to the Court's decision that some private corporations should be afforded religious exemptions from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate, Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said the decision recognizes "that Americans continue to follow their faith when they run a family business."

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