Religious Liberty Within the Bounds of State-Imposed Doctrine: Frank Bruni and the NY Times

I’ve been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I’ve deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label: A threat to your religious liberty…. Baking a cake, arranging roses, running an inn: These aren’t religious acts, certainly not if the establishments aren’t religious enclaves and are doing business with […]

Work to be done after Paris

There is important work to be done after Paris, as we grieve lives lost and terror multiplied there. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was not written with a religion like Islam in mind. I am confident similar things could be said of other nations’ codes and constitutions. Possibly the most crucial work […]

Speech codes: The offense against LGBT people that no one seems to notice

Lydia McGrew performs a masterful analysis of events and reactions relating to a professor shutting down pro-natural marriage statements in class. Please read her post for the whole story and her insightful comments. I have just one or two things to add. She quotes a blogger, MarquettePhilosopher, who says, “I am in full support of […]

For-Profit Religious Organizations

Two pastors in Utah who were faced with jail time and/or imprisonment for not agreeing to marry a same-sex couple finessed the question by re-organizing their “Hitching Post” wedding chapel as a not-for-profit religious organization. The law was written to exempt religious non-profits, but not any for-profit. This raises the question, can a for-profit corporation […]

Religious Freedom and SSM: Pastors Being Forced To Wed Same-Sex Couples

Fresh on the heels of outrageous government encroachment into religious liberty on Sunday mornings in Houston, now we’re hearing of pastors being forced under threat of fines and imprisonment to violate their religious beliefs by performing weddings for gays: Two ordained ministers have filed a federal lawsuit and are seeking a restraining order to prevent […]

Genocide in Iraq

My friend Eric Chabot gathered this information. Click links with caution. Remember, this famous quote: — ‘Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.’–Dietrich Bonhoeffer Unless you’ve been living on a desert island the last few […]

Hobby Lobby and the Freedom To Be Wrong (Or Right)

I’ve been appalled at the criticisms leveled at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Hobby Lobby this week. Frank Schaeffer called it a “Victory For Ultra-Right Roman Catholic Co-Conspirators With Chuck Colson’s Ghost.” Brooklyn Magazine breathlessly , bemoaned, “Less Than Human: How the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Reduces Women to Nothing More than Baby-Incubators.” […]