‘Weaponized’ religious exemptions, in turn, weaponize religion (part 1)

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This weaponized use of religious exemptions has changed the context of the entire conversation that previously shaped our legal and neighborly accommodation of such exemptions. It is no longer about the classic examples of exemptions that are fundamentally defensive in character. This is an effort to use religious exemptions as an offensive weapon for political purposes that have nothing to do with the religious beliefs supposedly in question. [Read more...]

Artificial lemons

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The Indiana governor just signed into law something called a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” But the law itself is nothing like its 1993 namesake. It’s an artificial Lemon. Indiana’s new law is not an attempt to hold statutes restricting religious liberty to strict scrutiny. It is, rather, a reaffirmation and expansion of the obnoxious logic of the Oregon v. Smith ruling that the real RFRA was written to correct. And it goes beyond that, to grant this power to discriminate not just to the state itself, but to private businesses and business owners. [Read more...]

Here, at last, is our 2016 campaign/’Too Many Cooks’ mashup

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Back in January, I asked “Where is our 2016 GOP/Too Many Cooks mashup?” The Internet finally comes through thanks to — surprisingly — CNN. No, really CNN. Who knew they had it in them? (They left out George Pataki, and Snarf, but I’m not complaining.) [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (3.20)

Conor Williams dissects David Brooks. Robin DiAngelo on white fragility. Kevin Kruse on the corporate creation of “Christian America.” And Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess on the simplicity of consent. Plus, Christian leaders from across America come together to acknowledge that Franklin Graham is awful. [Read more...]

‘I was homeless, and you chased me away …’

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“There is a way to keep safe, clean grounds while helping our homeless neighbors — and it’s both easier and harder than installing sprinkler systems or putting up fences. It requires the investment of time and resources to build relationships, listen and help.” [Read more...]

Sen. Inhofe’s perfectly legal corruption is worse than former-Rep. Schock’s law-breaking

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As usual, the real scandal is not what is illegal, but what remains perfectly legal. Aaron Schock was forced to resign because he was corrupt, but 534 members of Congress remain in office and many of them are far, far more corrupt than he has ever managed to be. Consider, for example, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma. [Read more...]

Je suis Alexamenos

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Spring is coming, so if you need mulch, I know a guy. Here are a couple of items for the list of Things Millennials Will Need to Fix, plus: How the 1960s impoverished the Okies of the 1930s, the market sets a price for the State of Alabama, and an apocryphal study of angelic genitalia. [Read more...]

‘The Bible is really clear about usury’

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The problem is not that the Bible is lacking in clarity. The problem, rather, tends to be a surfeit of clarity. If you turn to the Bible looking for an unambiguous, definitive and categorical statement on almost any given point, you’ll be sure to find one. That would solve your problem … until you realize that you can find more than one, and that they’re not all the same. [Read more...]


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