WeAreN’t helping when we take sides in sectarian violence

Picking sides or defending one side in a sectarian conflict doesn’t alter the overall dynamic and cannot resolve the perpetual cycle of violence. The only thing that can do that is to ensure that religious freedom and other fundamental human rights are not contingent — that they are enshrined in the rule of law, equally, for the majority and the minority alike. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (8.18)

“Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more…]

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Obama also did not create a religious exemption permitting discrimination on the basis of race or sex

The Rev. Canon Susan Russell, who blogs at An Inch at a Time, wound up changing her plans for the weekend when she was invited to attend Monday’s White House signing ceremony for President Obama’s executive order prohibiting LGBT employment discrimination for government contractors. Russell was one of many religious leaders present at the ceremony. Obama’s executive order [Read More…]

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I see the skull beneath the skin

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…]

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

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…]

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Seeking ‘religious liberty’ just like Elijah at Kishon

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…]

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

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…]

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John Courtney Murray is still dead

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…]

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