Perspective on Persecution

The quote from conservative commentator Tim Swarens comes from his opinion piece in the Indianapolis Star, “A little perspective, please, on Christian ‘persecution’ and RFRA.” The photo used in the meme image also comes from the Star and was taken by Michelle Pemberton. [Read more...]

“Religious Freedom” (With Correctly-Used Scare Quotes)

There are lots of examples of scare quotes being misused, as though they conveyed emphasis rather than irony. But in an article that appeared today on the Indianapolis Star website, I am sure they are being used appropriately. The title of the article is: “Indiana pastors to protest change in ‘religious freedom’ law.” Let it be clear [Read More...]

#IndyWelcomesAll

I was at Indianapolis Airport today, and noticed this banner:   If you have ever been to Indianapolis, you will know the statement is true. Indianapolis is a very diverse city, and one which embraces and relishes that diversity. It is characteristic of many states, and not only Indiana, that its urban areas are “blue”'and [Read More...]

Bake for them Two

An updating of Matthew 5:41 by Jessica Kantrowitz. Click through to her blog to read her further thoughts about that text against the background of its original context, and its application today.   [Read more...]

Attacking Religion at Easter

It isn't actually an attack on religion. But that is surely how it will be depicted by some, and misconstrued deliberately by others, when the ad below appears in the New York Times tomorrow, sponsored by an organization whose name says it is seeking freedom from religion.   The cause of keeping religion and state [Read More...]

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...]

Our Religion Requires It

An interesting take on the legislation in Indiana. It manages to combat selective literalism and conservative picking and choosing on the one hand, while offering an example of authentic lived Christianity on the other, while at the same time challenging the false dichotomy that views gays and Christians as though they were non-overlapping circles. Responding [Read More...]

Jesus Burdens Our Religious Freedom

I think this political cartoon makes an excellent point. Various things may or may not be legal, but if one is a follower of Jesus, it can be argued that his teachings burden our religious freedom. To quote Paul, “All things are lawful – but not all things are beneficial.” Christians may have the right [Read More...]

Mike Pence Asks for New Legislation

For those who may have missed it, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence just asked for legislation to be created and to reach his desk by the end of the week “clarifying” that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not allow businesses to refuse services to anyone. He answered a question afterwards, saying that the law does not give [Read More...]

Does IU Have the Legal Right to Prohibit Discimination?

I was proud when I read the statement by Butler University’s president Jim Danko about the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” When I then saw that the president of IU Michael McRobbie had alsod issued a statement, I found myself wondering about it in relation to the law. The statement says, “we will not tolerate discrimination [Read More...]

Larry Berhrendt on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Acts

Larry Behrendt wrote the above words in a comment here on this blog, and I asked for permission to share them with a wider audience. His own blog post “Madness in Indiana” is also important, offering a careful reading of the law that many are discussing, but often in abstraction from the details of what [Read More...]


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