What the Hell Happened with Masterpiece Cakeshop?June 5, 2018
Some decisions by the Supreme Court you just know are good or bad from who wrote them. If a church state opinion is authored by Justice Ginsburg, I know I am going to be OK with it. And, up to now, if an opinion touching on LGBT rights was written by Justice Kennedy, everything was …
Center for Inquiry Responds to Attorney General Sessions’ “License to Discriminate”October 6, 2017
The Center for Inquiry expressed its deep concern over a memo issued today by Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III on behalf of the Department of Justice, entitled “Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty.”
Trump Administration Birth Control Rule Harms Women, Panders to the Religious Right, Says CFIOctober 6, 2017
The Center for Inquiry condemned the new rules announced by the Department of Health and Human Services, dramatically curtailing the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Mandate.
Trump’s Muslim Ban and His Battle to Undermine the JudiciaryJanuary 31, 2017
Just as Sean Spicer, Trump’s Press Secretary, and others have sought to delegitimize the Fourth Estate, and paint the press as the enemy, so the current deliberate battle with the courts is seeking to undermine public support for the judicial branch.
The Question Christians Must Now Ask ThemselvesNovember 9, 2016
Christian groups will get much that they want from the upcoming regime; their coffers will be protected from taxation, they will receive taxpayer funds to proselytize, their business-owning members will likely be permitted to refuse service to LGBT people. Yet at what cost?
Repealing the Burkini Ban Doesn’t Address the Real ProblemAugust 26, 2016
The ban and the way it was enforced were wrong. But while our commitment to religious freedom and free speech and expression requires us to support the right of women to dress as they wish, whether that be in “revealing” or “modest” attire, or anything in between, whether for purely personal or religious reasons, in the significant majority of cases, religious dress codes for women are not voluntarily adopted by their wearers.
“Yesterday’s Home Runs Don’t Win Today’s Games”July 14, 2016
We’ve had recent victories in culture war battles, in particular regarding LGBT rights. With Lawrence v. Texas, United States v. Windsor, and Obergefell v. Hodges, we have moved from a situation only thirteen years ago where states could imprison people for being gay, to one where marriage equality is the law throughout the fifty states. But it would be a terrible mistake to think either that the fight is done, or even that we have the upper hand in the battle.
The Problem of HellJune 13, 2016
Hell was, I was taught, an unspeakably bad place. A place of torture, torment, and pain that would last for all eternity. And so I became unable to hold the existence of such a place, where people were actually sent, as consistent with the idea of a loving God.
SCOTUS and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Non-DecisionMay 18, 2016
On Monday the decision came down in Zubik v. Burwell, the latest incarnation of the campaign by the Religious Right against the Affordable Care Act and in particular its Contraceptive Mandate. Or, more correctly, the non-decision came down…
What if 1940s Britain Had RFRA (and Justice Alito)?May 11, 2016
Walking to the Metro last week, I heard a sound I don’t normally hear in my neighborhood, especially during the week – church bells. I have always loved the sound of church bells. Well, except for the college years when they magnified hangovers, but I am getting distracted. Church bells bring back floods of memories of my childhood in rural Sussex. So, of course, the sound took me away to fits of reminiscing and dreaming.