Do No Harm Act

Via the blog Joe My God, I learned about an effort to amend the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, called the “Do No Harm” Act. Here is a quote from the press release: The Do No Harm Act would clarify that no one can seek religious exemption from laws guaranteeing fundamental civil and legal rights. It [Read More…]

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What Isn’t Religion?

I had a hard time even figuring out what to call this post. My friend and colleague Brent Hege gave a wonderful lunchtime talk today about religious freedom, during which he mentioned the difficulties that face attempts to define religion, and the ways in which the definition of religion assumed in discussion of such matters as separation [Read More…]

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Protect Your Religious Freedom By Protecting That Of Others

On Facebook, Joe Childers wrote the following: Concerning the county clerk in Kentucky: Religiously neutral civil mechanisms are the only possible way for true religious freedom to exist for multiple religions simultaneously. Civil servants who are religious ought therefore to be even more scrupulous about preserving religious neutrality in their duties than non-religious servants, for [Read More…]

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Our Children Should Always Be Allowed To Pray In Schools

Hemant Mehta shared some nice reworkings of a popular right-wing meme about prayer in schools, which were created by Tracey Moody. All of the depictions of children praying in the memes on his blog are ones that he would support – except for the one in which a teacher is leading children in prayer, and thus imposing [Read More…]

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Breaking News: Discrimination Illegal in Indiana

For the first time in its history, there is a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Indiana. Here is the language that has been added to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: Sec. 0.7. This chapter does not: (1) authorize a provider to refuse to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public [Read More…]

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Are Your Religious Liberties Being Violated?

This chart is based on an article in the Huffington Post by Rev. Emily Heath of the United Church of Christ.  That article deserves to be circulated again in response to the recent laws purporting to defend “religious liberty” but in fact in at least some instances defending the right of people to justify infringing on the liberties of [Read More…]

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Was Religion a Factor in the Chapel Hill Shootings?

The above cartoon came to my attention via Facebook. I actually had a very interesting discussion about religion and violence in my “Speaking About Religion” class yesterday. We discussed the Chapel Hill incident as well as the one in Copenhagen. We did some Googling to see what the internet had to say about which ideology was [Read More…]

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Unsinkable

I shared a link on Facebook to Hemant Mehta’s blog post, which points out the irony of Ken Ham running an advertisement on a billboard in Times Square complaining that religious freedom is allegedly under attack. Steve Caruso responded by adapting Ham’s billboard to feature another supposedly unsinkable ship, and I’ve shared it above.   [Read more…]

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Freedom of Religion Panel Discussion

A few weeks ago, I was part of a panel discussion on the topic of freedom of religion at Butler University. It was recorded, and even though the sound quality is not excellent, I still think it may be worth sharing. [Read more…]

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Too Much Freedom, Still Not Enough

Plato’s Republic discusses how democracies devolve into tyrannies. When freedom is made an end in itself, the desire for unlimited freedom eventually sets a course towards anarchy, with people living in fear as nothing and no one is restrained, until eventually someone offers to bring things under control and restore order and security. When a democracy [Read More…]

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Corporations, Conscience, and Conversion

A couple of cartoons on issues of corporations and freedom of religion, via Daily Kos.   [Read more…]

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