All posts tagged law

One quick thought on gay marriage

I really, really shouldn’t be blogging now. But I want to grab everyone I see by the shoulders and shout this in their faces (and isn’t that what blogging’s all about?) so here goes. Real quick. It doesn’t matter whether your religion says that being gay is wrong. It doesn’t matter whether your religion has […]

See, this is exactly what I mean

I wasn’t just throwing out absurd hypotheticals in my post a few days ago about Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this as an example to use then, but — remember that Swedish group that’s founded a religion which holds “the copying of files to be a […]

I love America

Weird, right? Who knew that a godless heathen like me could actually be patriotic? But seriously, folks. As I’ve said before (in the post I just linked to), The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is one of the greatest things about this country. Every time I consider the possibility of moving to another country […]

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 […]

Religion is above the law

The Supreme Court just issued a ruling inĀ  Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It’s an interesting situation, and the decision touches on some issues I think are really important — though sadly, I think the decision is misguided. The specifics of the case are a bit confusing, in that there’s […]

Don’t legitimize the illegitimate

One of the first posts I wrote on this blog was about the farce that is Christian Science. Their religion — or, their religious addition to mainstream Christianity — consists of denying all the evidence about medicine and prayer, and believing that faith in Jesus is enough to give you a long and healthy life. […]

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 […]

Freedom to protest

Let’s say — hypothetically — you didn’t like religion. Suppose you thought it was nothing but ancient superstition holding back the progress of society. Or, say your complaint was more religion-specific: you thought Scientology was an elaborate con to steal people’s money, you thought the Catholic Church was complicit in the abuse of thousands children, […]

When to break the law?

I’ve really enjoyed the ongoing discussion on last week’s post about abortion. This experiment is going great so far! I hope we can keep it up this week. I expect it will be less of an issue with today’s topic, but just in case: please remember to leave religion out of your arguments. This is […]

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 […]