I see the skull beneath the skin

Oy. (Click for story.)

Pacifists still have to pay for bullets, but they’re allowed to discriminate against LGBT students. Profiles of two delusional nativists. Why some Christian colleges refuse to be trustworthy. Plus Johnny Cash proclaims woe unto the rich, Junia is a little less alone, dubious decor from Sears, and, oh, also too, the excerpt function on WordPress still isn’t working on my front page. [Read more...]

If ‘evangelical morality’ harms others and can’t justify itself, is it ‘unfair’ to mention that it’s losing the argument?

Pluralism does not mean bumper bowling.

Evangelical morality is not losing the argument because it is insufficiently “progressive.” Evangelical morality is losing the argument because it is insufficiently moral. Evangelical morality has demonstrated itself to be immoral — to be a source of harm to real people. Those people — rightly, justly, and understandably — are demanding that this harm stop. “Evangelical morality” insists that this harm continue, but has thus far been unable to offer any reason why it should. [Read more...]

Seeking ‘religious liberty’ just like Elijah at Kishon

Executing prisoners is a vital expression of religious liberty, Kishon style.

When you’re trying to paint your political opponents as evil baby-killers, it doesn’t work to accuse them of secretly believing in fertility gods. Molech is the Canaanite god you need to invoke here. When you’re accusing the baby-killers of killing babies to honor their false god of baby-killing, you should always use Molech. Robert Knight should know this by now. [Read more...]

Why the perversion of ‘religious liberty’ and RFRA ticks me off

peyote

RFRA was a narrowly tailored law that defended the rights of religious minorities — the right of Native religions to use peyote in their rituals, the right of Santeros to sacrifice chickens. But now, thanks to Justice Alito, it means the opposite. Now it means that states have the “religious liberty” to ban the religious use of peyote, and that cities have the “religious liberty” to chase away minority congregations. [Read more...]

John Courtney Murray is still dead

And buried.

Blood transfusions, you see, are religiously forbidden for Jehovah’s Witnesses. That is to say, in Alito’s apparent way of thinking, the religious scruples against blood transfusions do not involve a legitimate religion. Concern about abortion, however — even when that concern has no factual basis — is a legitimate religious scruple because, well, it’s Catholic. [Read more...]

Pope Bobby I of the Church of a Beer and a Bump

ReligiousProcession

The courts do not want to get entangled in questions of religious sincerity. That is neither their area of expertise nor an area — usually — in which they have any jurisdiction. So judges will go to great lengths to avoid any argument that requires them to evaluate the measure of religious devotion held by those making free exercise claims. Alas, such evaluations are sometimes unavoidable because they are part of the statute or the religious exemption the courts are being asked to consider. [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby reaction round-up

This item, I think, should put to rest any questions about Hobby Lobby's profoundly reverential religious devotion or its attitude toward women.

Here’s what I’ve been reading today about the Hobby Lobby ruling by the Supreme Court, from Kimberly Winston, Sahil Kapur, Kalli Joy Gray, Dave Lartigue, Martin Longman, Maya Dusenberg, Mark Silk, Michelle Krabill, Miranda Blue, Chauncey DeVega and many others. [Read more...]

A case of the collywobbles

Officials from the Massachusetts Bay Colony lead Mary Dyer to a public "prayer opportunity" on Boston Common.

“Somebody got the collywobbles,” Blake Kirk said. Savor the perfection of that. That’s the precisely necessary word — perfect in its denotation, connotation and implication, and perfect in its tone. That doesn’t happen every day. [Read more...]


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