In response to the rally with Frist and religious right leaders in Louisville Kentucky on April 24th, the Clergy and Laity Network is having it's own rally/service on the same day and in the same city. Known as Social Justice Sunday it's taking place at Central Presbyterian Church at 318 W. Kentucky St. at 2:30 pm. The event will include speakers such as Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, former head of the National Council of Churches and Rev. Albert M. Pennybacker, head of the CLN.
The more folks who can attend the more likely the national media will notice the religious reaction against this misuse of religion. There might be regional events around the country also in response which is worth checking out. Faithful America also has a letter campaign to Frist to urge his withdrawal from the event and to your senators to express your views on the way religion is being treated as of late.
A recent series by the Washington Times reveals a problem one sees in the reporting of the culture wars. They tend to pass this conflict off as one between the religious vs. secularists. But there just is not enough atheists in the US for this to be a contest at all. If there was a coverage of mainline Protestant and Jewish groups which take similar stands and do common work in terms of the first amendment, a more accurate picture would be painted. Instead religion and the religious right are collapsed together.
A vaccine which could save the lives of countless women is being opposed by the religious right? Apparently one of the leading causes of cervical cancer is the human papilloma virus (HPV) which is sexually transmitted. For the vacine to work women would need to have the vaccine before sexual activity and folks like the Family Research Council thinks this promotes pre-marital sex. Fear of women and sex trumps the saving of lives, says something about the nature of the religious right.