L The collusion of church and government to deny reproductive rights in the name of religion shows no sign of abating in the United States, where nine states last year alone passed unconstitutional bans on abortion. Now, the city council of East Mountain has voted to become the 14th community in Texas to declare itself a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” The vote bans abortion providers from administering abortion care in their jurisdiction, although having a population of only 797, the town isn’t a feasible location for abortion clinics and providers anyway. The vote was driven purely by religious ideology.
L The U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights has issued a report “asserting that religious beliefs are more important than other peoples’ rights. The report is Christian Nationalism in print and stamped with government authority, granting the State Department permission to conduct a Christian Nationalist foreign policy. That means not supporting the rights of the LGBTQ community, giving Christian Nationalists a blank check to proselytize, restricting access to HIV/AIDS medications and abortion, and permitting the direct funding of houses of worship abroad.”
L On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Montana law that withheld state aid to private schools, including religious schools, arguing law was akin to discrimination. The decision in Espinoza v. Montana opens the door for lawsuits against similar laws in other states, as well as more broad funding for religious education through publicly funded programs. As Justice Sonia Sotomayor noted in her dissent, the decision overturns decades of precedent regarding the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses.