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…]

The Ingersoll Doctrine

The quote comes from “The Liberty of Man, Woman, and Child.” It can be found in The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll. For more about Ingesoll, see Bruce Gerencser’s recent post.   [Read more…]

Happy May Day!

May 1st is International Workers’ Day. It seems like the United States may be closer to being ready to actually celebrate this holiday, which has in the past been rejected as something for socialists and Communists. People are talking about compensation, wealth, equality, and injustice more widely in the US today than at any time I can [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…]

Corporate Religious Rites

Hasn't this been America's official religion for a long time, with voices or prophetic protest against it denounced as Communists? Pete Newlove has a nice article problematizing the notion of Christian corporations. When I shared it on Facebook, one commenter paraphrased Paul's words in 1 Corinthians and wrote, “I thank God that I did not [Read More…]

Walking the Extra Mile With Pastries for Gay People

Rachel Held Evans has written about the legislation currently under discussion in Arizona. Her words are insightful. I quoted part of her post above. Here is a little more: You know who was actually persecuted for their religious beliefs?  Jews under Roman occupation in the first century.   And you know what Jesus told those Jews to [Read More…]

Employers’ Freedom vs. Employees’ Freedom

Hemant Mehta has gotten to the heart of the issue in one debate about the Affordable Care Act and the question of whether employers can be required by law to provide health insurance that covers things an employers disapproves of. It is the same question as whether an employer can be required by law to [Read More…]

They’re Made Out Of Meat

I recently had the story “They’re Made Our Of Meat” by Terry Bisson drawn to my attention. It is available to be read online, and it offers a nice, brief mirror to the way humans are prone to scoff at that which is unlike us. In my class on religion and science fiction, we’ve spent [Read More…]


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