Contributions

Ultra-Orthodox Airlines: Why Did SHE Have to Move?
April 5, 2016


This scene is being played out repeatedly at multiple airports, and on multiple airlines. Men complain based on religious beliefs, and women are forced to move. When men are denied this “accommodation” they have protested, stood in the aisles, and refused to allow the plane to take off. So the airlines have kowtowed to their demands, and the men have gotten their way. The offending and offensive woman has been taken elsewhere in the plane, where, presumably, she should be grateful that she can sit without having curtains drawn around her.

What’s Really at Stake in Zubik: “They Want to Prevent Contraception”
March 24, 2016


It’s 2016. The year which holds the 47th anniversaries not only of my birth, but also of humanity’s first tentative steps onto soil not of this planet with the first lunar landing. And yesterday, on a beautiful spring day in DC, I spent the morning on the steps of the Supreme Court protesting in favor of access to birth control as the justices heard oral arguments in the case of Zubik v. Burwell.

Crying “Religious Freedom,” but Bearing False Witness
November 23, 2015


The Ninth Commandment states “Thou shalt not bear false witness” (Exodus 20:16). Perhaps this is a passage of the Bible which the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty needs to reread and take to heart. In its self-serving publicity blurb on our court case down in Florida, the Becket Fund tells an outright lie. 

Why Blaine Amendments Must Be Defended
July 10, 2015


It’s been almost two weeks since the Supreme Court decided the Obergefell case, and extended marriage equality across the nation. In that two weeks, there has been remarkably little smiting of America by a vengeful God. Either he is busy with other things, or he wasn’t overly upset by the decision after all.

Indiana and the Legal Landscape for LGBT Rights
April 8, 2015


It appears that Indiana has realized that discriminatory laws are unpopular with the business community, and is backpedalling post-haste to clarify that, despite its ongoing fight against same sex marriage rights, the rhetoric of the law’s sponsors, and the invitation of a series of anti-gay bigots to the signing ceremony, the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was never intended to allow for discrimination against the gay community.

Tradition Can’t be a Reason to Discriminate: Our Brief to the Supreme Court on Same-Sex Marriage
March 6, 2015


Yesterday the Center for Inquiry filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the Court should reverse the decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals which ruled that there was no right under the United States Constitution for gay and lesbian individuals to marry in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. In order to prevent the Court being swamped with briefs, lawyers for the couples seeking the right to marry requested that groups file joint briefs. To facilitate this, the Center for Inquiry joined with the American Humanist Association to submit their arguments.

Are Roy Moore’s Actions Illegal as Well as Immoral?
February 11, 2015


Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, on Sunday ordered Alabama state judges not to issue licenses to same sex couples in that state. Moore did not simply express disapproval for the federal ruling that mandates marriage equality in Alabama.

A Win for Secularism as Kentucky Rejects Tax Breaks for Fundamentalist Theme Park
December 11, 2014


After investigations and a letter writing campaign by multiple secular organizations, including the Center For Inquiry, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has withdrawn its offer of around $18 million in state tax incentives to the Ark Encounter Theme Park.
Utah, Guns, and Free Speech
October 17, 2014


Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist writer most known for her analysis of sexism in video games, was meant to give a lecture on Wednesday, October 15th, at Utah State University. I say “meant to” because Sarkeesian cancelled her lecture, fearing for her safety. 

Hobby Lobby – Where Alito (and the Administration) Went Wrong
July 1, 2014


In some ways, you have to hand it to Justice Alito. It is uncommon for a Supreme Court Justice to get every single question in a case wrong, but that is exactly what the newest member of the Court’s conservative majority managed with the contraception mandate cases.