Smart people saying smart things (7.12)

Farley

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings on the Christians who would have turned Jesus and Mary away at the Egyptian border. Rachel Marie Stone on the death toll of anti-birth control sanctimony. William Lindsey on the cultural captivity of the anti-gay church. And Andrew Bacevich and E.B. White on the perils and the promise of American [Read More...]

Testifying to the truth: Real life vs. ‘pro-life’ lies

My plea to my fellow evangelical Christians is simple: Stop lying. Stop telling and spreading and pretending to believe lies just because they allow us to pretend we’re “pro-life” while others are, therefore, anti-life. Bearing false witness against our neighbors is something we were told not to do. It shouldn’t be the heart and soul and center of our identity as “Christians.” In contrast to that bearing of false witness, here are two women bearing witness and speaking truth. [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...]

The Stupidest Thing I Have Ever Read

9h10w

Some are born ignorant, some achieve ignorance, and some have ignorance thrust upon them. If achieving ignorance is your chief ambition, then study this hacktacular bit of unreason. Here is the key — the surest path to ensuring that nothing can ever be learned, that no mistake can ever be admitted and therefore no error can ever be corrected, no wrong ever righted, no harm ever ended, no injustice ever overturned. [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 [Read More...]

I drive my car, it is a witness

ClassicWhite

Some weekend links: “And then the woman let out a cry. I cannot describe it.” … Franklin Graham redefines “biblical truths.” … Liars for Jesus (contraception, Planned Parenthood, etc. — the usual) … An energy audit by the Godfather of Soul. … The whitest company in America. [Read more...]


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