I just learned that a friendâ€™s partner is being denied communion at Catholic Church because my friend has a â€œVote Yes on 2â€ sign on their lawn.Â (For you non-Missourians, the sign is in support of stem-cell research.)Â The Catholic Church down the street from the Ethical Society has a â€œVote No on 2â€ sign in their yard.Â Legally, a religious institution can take a position on a ballot initiative or amendment.Â And I suppose that according to Catholic tradition, a priest can deny communion and therefore possibly doom a personâ€™s soul to eternal hell because of his or her partnerâ€™s political decisions.Â So far, the only argument against stem-cell research that Iâ€™ve heard–that it is murder because life begins at conception–is not a political argument but a religious belief. Â Iâ€™ve also seen signs trying to convince people that supporting embryonic stem-cell research means supporting abortion (huh?), while not pointing out that those who would ban embryonic stem-cell research would logically ban in-vitro fertilization next. Â It reminds me of those bumper decals that have the big fish of â€œTruthâ€ swallowing the Darwin fish.Â Bill wants to make one that has a bigger fish of â€œFactsâ€ swallowing the Truth fish in turn, but I know that facts hardly ever win against belief.Â Faith-based science, however, is an oxymoron and a clear violation of church-state separation.Â And since I believe that separation of church and state is one of the last, best defenses for democracy in this country, Iâ€™ll pour you a cup of coffee on Sunday, without asking how you or your partner voted.