This is a guest post written by David G. McAfee. He is author, most recently, of The Belief Book. … On Thursday, more than 30 religious leaders from various denominations signaled, less than a week before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on whether same-sex marriage is a right under the [Read More…]
Interfaith Leader: If Orthodox Jews Don’t Want to Sit Next to Women on Planes, We Should Accommodate Them
In general, I don’t mind interfaith cooperation. I know there’s value in working with people we disagree with on some issues in order to achieve larger goals we all share.
The problem is when you pretend all religious beliefs are worth respecting.
Remember the Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to women on a plane? Eboo Patel, the head of Interfaith Youth Core, believes we’re all making too big a deal about this issue and should just go ahead and swap seats to make them happy:
Tip for the freelance writers out there: Salon will take anything you submit as long as it slams atheists and runs over a thousand words. That must be true, because I don’t know how else to explain how this awful piece by Peter Birkenhead got published.
His entire argument is that the New Atheists — whom he compares to religious zealots — get too much attention even though they attack a straw man version of religion:
For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been posting videos of a Jehovah’s Witness apostasy trial. Isaac had criticized some of the Church’s teachings and this was his last chance to explain himself. (If disfellowshipped, Isaac’s friends and family members still in the Church could be prohibited from ever speaking to him again.)
Part three of his hidden camera video is now online.