The Latitude Offered For Claims Of Religious Exemptions To Laws On A State By State Basis

What do the distinctions in the map mean in specific legal terms?  This post runs down the history and present kinds of religious exemptions in American law.   (The map comes from the same blog, The Volokh Conspiracy) Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Treaty Of Tripoli

Article 11: Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Read More...]

George Washington’s Letter To Touro Synagogue

The first president of our secular republic writes: To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport Rhode Island. Gentlemen, While I receive, with much satisfaction, your Address replete with expressions of affection and esteem; I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in [Read More...]

A Dictatorship Of Relativism?

BBC Radio 4 analyzes the pope’s catchphrase, “a dictatorship of relativism”, used for describing the secular West.  Here’s the program description: The idea that no one has a monopoly on the truth seems to be fixed in the modern Western psyche. But it’s an idea that is under attack. Pope Benedict claims that we are [Read More...]

If Atheists Acted Like Politically Conservative Christians

So well done: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

New Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard Affirms Her Non-Belief, Will Not Patronize Believers

I love what she has to say and do not know why anyone, religious or irreligious, would prefer a faith panderer to this, even if the faithful politician was at least somewhat sincere: She says does not go through religious rituals for the sake of appearance. “I am not going to pretend a faith I [Read More...]

Penn Jillette Again On The Difference Between Muslims And Christians In Taking Criticism

I already highlighted Penn Jillette’s Vanity Fair interview in which he praised Christians for being better at taking criticism than Muslims, but this quote from his new Las Vegas Weekly interview, which I found via Boing Boing and Reddit, conveys his feelings as much as his thoughts, and those feelings are both depressing on the one [Read More...]


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