Seeking ‘religious liberty’ just like Elijah at Kishon

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

Robert Knight is kind of a journeyman utility infielder of the religious right. I forget which team he's with these days -- might be the Family Research Council, might be Concerned Women of America or one of the others. It's one of those groups that insists that good Christians must have no fellowship with unrighteousness and no communion with darkness. Except for the Unification Church, because the Moonies' newspaper is a reliable source of right-wing partisan hackery and that's what's most … [Read more...]

A case of the collywobbles

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

Thanks to Blake Kirk of Huntsville, Alabama, I have learned a new word. "I guess somebody got the collywobbles," Kirk said on Thursday, in one of those glorious moments when someone deploys just exactly the perfect word for the occasion. The occasion, in this case, was the abrupt cancellation of Kirk's invitation to open a meeting of the Huntsville City Council in prayer. Huntsville is, somewhat fitfully, trying to comply with the new rules for public prayer -- or, rather, for what … [Read more...]

Heterosexual marriage still unthreatened in all 50 states


Today turns out to be kind of newsy -- and good-newsy at that: 1. "Indiana’s Marriage Ban Struck Down; Marriages Can Begin Immediately" Federal District Judge Richard Young has ruled that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s due process and equal protection clauses. And because Judge Young didn’t issue a stay, his ruling takes effect immediately. The county clerk in Indianapolis (Marion County) has already announced that they are issuing marriage … [Read more...]

Forget about those kids, real, true Christians are the real victims here


Browsing about looking for an article from earlier this year, I came across this disturbing headline from Christianity Today: "Parents Sentenced to Prison for Belief in Healing Power of Prayer." That sounds like a terrible miscarriage of justice. That sounds like clear evidence that the persecution of Christians here in Obama's America is more than just a delusional self-aggrandizing fantasy. Believers are being sent off to prison. Good Christian people are being jailed just because of … [Read more...]

The sleep walk never ends

Ann B. Davis (1926-2014)

• If there's one thing I find sillier and more pointless than formally staged theist/atheist "debates," it's the Möbius-strip logic of "presuppositional apologetics," which is another version of the dumb person's idea of what a smart person sounds like phenomenon. Still, though, most of the guys peddling this presuppositional suppository at least seem vaguely familiar with their Bibles, unlike Sye Ten Bruggencate, who provided this dismal response in a recent "debate": Questioner: … As … [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (5.30)


Julian of Norwich (1342-1416), in Revelations of Divine Love For it is the property in God which doeth good against evil. Thus Jesus Christ that doeth good against evil is our Very Mother: we have our Being of Him, — where the Ground of Motherhood beginneth, — with all the sweet Keeping of Love that endlessly followeth. As verily as God is our Father, so verily God is our Mother; and that shewed He in all, and especially in these sweet words where He saith: I it am. That is to say, I it … [Read more...]

You want much more than I’m giving


• Winston Churchill's mother had a tattoo. A snake tattoo. • Randall Munroe is right to complain that this trick probably gets overused: But that's because copy editors know that superlatives are the easiest one of the easiest an easy way to wind up inserting unverified and incorrect facts into a story. See, for example, this superlative mistake in an otherwise fine post from Richard Bartholomew: That would be Mike Warnke, author of the most shameless and grotesque bogus … [Read more...]

‘Granting an exemption … operates to impose the employer’s religious faith on the employees’

If Hobby Lobby wins its case for a religious exemption, could Bob Jones be headed back to the Supreme Court?

Reading this older Ian Millhiser column at ThinkProgress, I'm struck by how pertinent the 1982 Supreme Court ruling in United States vs. Lee seems to be to the current Hobby Lobby hubbub. It seems to me that ruling in favor of the billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby would require the justices to overturn Lee. Here's Millhiser: One year before Bob Jones, the Court decided a case called United States v. Lee, which involved an Amish employer’s objection to paying Social Security taxes on … [Read more...]