Faith and Justice: Watching the U.S. Catholic bishops and the Obama administration fight each other has been a depressing experience. The two are natural allies on many issues.
"This is something that religious groups can work with," one person said. "[The] executive order is unprecedented and extreme," said the bishops.
We say: A religious organization does not hire an inclination or an act, it hires a person, and the church has affirmed that gay people are to be loved.
The Obama administration has filed a brief with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver indicating it plans to develop an alternative for Catholic and other religious nonprofit employers to opt out of providing federally mandated contraceptives they object to including in their employee health care coverage.
Neither Republicans or Democrats get much political leverage from the split decisions by courts over the funding of the Affordable Care Act.
As children and families continued crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, a group of diverse religious leaders remained focused on the plight immigrants face after they arrive in the country illegally.
Protests continue to grow around the country when it comes to housing undocumented children while they await processing.
In Rhode Island, protester Terry Gorman said, "If there was a bus coming out of there and I knew it was all illegal alien children ... I'd lay down in front of the bus. ... That's going to be the destruction of the state of Rhode Island."
The Columbus, Ga., police department told SOA Watch that the city will not close the street to traffic and that only 200 people would be allowed to attend the gathering.
A lawsuit alleged the IRS routinely ignored complaints by the Freedom from Religion Foundation and others about churches promoting political candidates, issues or proposed legislation.
Analysis: The president may have finally found a small patch of middle ground in balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religious freedom.