All posts tagged law

Bad arguments against abortion

The issue of abortion is a contentious one, and rightfully so. I don’t pretend to know all the answers, but I recognize that it’s a complicated decision with a lot of costs to be factored in. I stand on the side of choice, allowing pregnant women to choose if and when they might want an […]

A vicious cycle of modesty

In Saudi Arabia, where the Qur’an is the “constitution” of the country and the government operates according to Sharia, it’s hard to be a woman. Women are forbidden to drive, must get written permission from a male “guardian” before they travel and in some regions before they work, and must always wear the abaya when […]

Friday Link Roundup #23

Commenter Rieux pointed me to this transcript of American Atheists interviewing the late, great Douglas Adams (published in The Salmon of Doubt). Wired Magazine’s latest issue has an interview with Sam Harris about the science of morality and his book The Moral Landscape. I liked this critical examination of the statement, “The blood of Jesus […]

Religious discrimination and the law

I spent about a thousand words arguing that there are some circumstances in which “discriminating” against someone because of their religious beliefs is the most appropriate, productive, reasonable thing to do. It’s fair to discriminate against someone — disadvantage them and people like them in a particular evaluation — when the attribute that defines “people […]

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 […]

Torn on Prop 8 decision

Please don’t get me wrong. I was thrilled to hear that Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. I join many other atheists in rejoicing that religious bigotry was declared unjust, and even though this decision is not the final word, in being hopeful that the same-sex marriage issue will reach the […]