In 2012, Kevin Bartini began a petition to name a New York City street — the one George Carlin lived on — after the famed comedian who died in 2008:
Despite Opposition from Its Leaders, a Catholic Church Ends Up on “George Carlin Way,” At Least for Now
After Rejecting Wiccan, Huntsville City Council Promotes “Diversity” by Inviting Methodist to Give Invocation Prayer
A couple of weeks ago, we learned that the City Council in Huntsville, Alabama had invited Blake Kirk to deliver an upcoming invocation, only to rescind that offer after learning that he was a Wiccan. They cited “community fears” as the reason for his rejection.
Some readers wrote emails to council members in response, and the general consensus among those members seemed to be that they had no idea why this happened. The selection of invocation speakers, they said, was done by Rev. Frank Broyles, a local interfaith leader who coordinated the invocation calendar.
This is a guest post written by Andrew Seidel. He is a staff attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The Supreme Court’s era-defining decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has alarmed many of us, but not enough. Some think this decision won’t affect them or that the reaction is overblown.
There are many, many problems with the majority opinion in Hobby Lobby. Other than the most obvious problem, that corporations are not people capable of forming religious beliefs, five jump out. These problems concern every American — not just atheists, not just non-Christians, and not just women.
The majority opinion’s terrifying legal rewrite offers one glimmer of hope: The problems are solvable. Congress need only repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).