Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Contraceptive Coverage Mandate in Health Care Law

On Tuesday the Supreme Court agree to hear a case based on the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The question at stake is whether employers can refuse to provide their employees with mandated contraceptives if the employers have religious objections to contraceptives. Supreme Court justices have agreed to review two … Continue reading

Pope Francis Calls On Rich to Share, Says Unfettered Capitalism is ‘Tyranny’

In his first major work written as Pontiff, Pope Francis has called out “unfettered capitalism as ‘a new tyranny’” and is “urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality.” Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, an 84-page document which is tantamount to his official platform, builds on views Francis “has aired in sermons and remarks since … Continue reading

Climate Change – is it the Indigenous Peoples who have the answers?

Peoples who have lived in the same place for countless generations – the Amazon, perhaps, or the Arctic, or in la Sierra Nevada in Colombia – possess invaluable knowledge about living with climate change, and it is evolving all the time: SAO PAULO, 23 July – Climate change often seems … Continue reading

Trayvon, George, and the Samaritan

A lesson for this Sunday – The parable of the Good Samaritan In the Gospel of Luke, the parable is introduced by a question, known as the Great Commandment: Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said … Continue reading

Look for the Union Bunny

Bullied, harassed, and lied to, District 1 of the Amalgamated Association of Easter Bunnies, AFB-CIO (American Federation of Bunnies–Cottontails International Organization) went on strike, forcing a halt to this year’s Easter egg hunts. At Bunny Headquarters, Solomon P. Bunny, union executive secretary, and a militant corps of Easter bunnies were … Continue reading

Doomsday-Mongers Prepare for Mayan Apocalypse

December 21 marks the end of the Mayan calendar and the doomsday-mongers are ramping up for the end of the world: Ahead of December 21, which marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year “Long Count” Mayan calendar, panic buying of candles and essentials has been reported in China and Russia, along … Continue reading

Dalai Lama Shares His Views on Happiness and Compassion in Talk on ‘Beyond Religion’

On Sunday, I drove into Boston to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak on the subject of his latest book, Beyond Religion. A performance by Massachusetts’ own James Taylor national treasure, opened the event. The event was well attended with an estimated sold out crowd of 2500. With everyone … Continue reading

James Taylor Performs at Dalai Lama Talk on ‘Beyond Religion’ in Boston

Yesterday I drove into Boston to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak on the subject of his latest book, Beyond Religion. The event sponsored by MIT’s Dalai Lama Center For Ethics And Transformative Values, was held at the Marriot Copley Plaza Hotel Ballroom and it was a sold out … Continue reading

Attacking American Sovereign Soil Diminishes the Rights of Religion

  by Walter Brasch   The terrorists who attacked the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, claimed the attacks were retaliation for the publication on You Tube of an anti-Muslim film. That YouTube video was a 14-minute trailer for a one-hour film, “Innocence of Muslims,” … Continue reading

A Streetcar Named Reform

The Supreme Court has (predictably) expanded police powers broadly, ruling broadly in a case involving strip searches and jail visits, to expand all police’s rights to strip searches (including cavity searches) of anyone for just about any violation — including, as Justice Breyer notes in his dissent, a traffic offense:… Continue reading