All posts tagged church-state separation

Learning our history

So … I get email. Email I signed up to receive, usually. I’m subscribed to the “Question of the Week” email newsletter, because that’s occasionally been interesting blog fodder. From time to time the organization uses the newsletter list to send out fundraising requests or, somewhat less often, promotions for other Christian resources. I […]

Is NYC endorsing churches? I doubt it

After my post yesterday, I figured we might as well continue the discussion with another church-state issue I saw in the news recently. The New York Times reported on a court case over the ability of churches to rent public school buildings for Sunday services. New York City, like many other school districts, apparently allows […]

Friday Link Roundup #35

If you’re looking for a better lesson in how to be an evangelist than the ACT training courses could provide, maybe you should check out Ebonmuse’s recent essay, The Apologist’s Handbook. It’s very educational. Stanley Fish praises Kagan’s dissent in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn. This is really creepy. I’m not sure what […]

Supreme stupidity

The Supreme Court just released its decision in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn [PDF]. It is bad, but not in the way you’d expect. First, let me explain the details of the case. Arizona law sets up a legal category called a “student tuition organization.” This is a private group that gives scholarships […]

Friday Link Roundup #16

Robert Wright writes in the NYT Opinionator blog about “both sides of the Koran.” His message seems to be that we should be hopeful, because people can focus on the good stuff and learn to ignore the bad — which misses the point a bit. Still, interesting observations. The Hartford, CT City Council, which had […]

Friday Link Roundup #13

NY Magazine offers a profile of David Koch, one of the political and financial powers behind the Tea Party movement. (Via Truth Wins Out.) Bill Donohue organized a rally against perceived discrimination since the private owner of the Empire State Building chose not to light the building’s windows in honor of Mother Teresa. The misunderstanding […]

No inalienable right to federal grants

In a move that shocks no one, a coalition of religious organizations has voiced disapproval of proposed laws that will make it more difficult for them to get gobs of money from the government while refusing to hire anyone who doesn’t have the same invisible friend. More than 100 religion-based organizations are protesting a provision […]

What I like about Unitarianism

I’m writing a bunch of posts on Unitarian Universalism. You can always find old ones using the unitarianism tag. Before I get too far into explaining some of my criticisms of Unitarian Universalism, I thought it would be helpful to lay out a handful of the things I really did enjoy and appreciate. After all, […]

Secular does not mean atheist

Recently, I wrote about how I don’t like the term “secular” being used as a substitute for “atheist,” even if it may be more palatable to certain people. The problem I cited was that it leads people to misunderstand what “secular” means, and then to resist secular things because they see them as atheist. Suffice […]

All gone to look for America

Last week, while I was away, I had the occasion to drive on the New Jersey Turnpike quite a bit. At one point I stopped at the Walt Whitman rest stop. I was idly looking around in the convenience store area, stretching my legs, looking at the chintzy souveniers and overpriced candy. I thought I […]