A friend of mine who practices First Amendment law is not happy that the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a British refusal to permit the Mormon Temple in Preston tax-free status as a place of public worship. “It’s another indication of how equality is overriding religious liberty,” he emailed.
Late-12th-century stained-glass windows from Canterbury show the fathers of Noah and Abraham wearing Jewish hats. How come?
There’s been a certain amount of cyber-snarking at the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) since Friday, when Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the organization has been using gun giveaways to evangelize. But let’s contextualize.
A survey taken just prior to Gov. Brewer’s vetoing of the notorious SB 1062 shows Americans opposing the bill by a margin of 66 percent to 20 percent while at the same time strongly supporting “a private photographer’s right to not photograph a same-sex wedding for religious reasons.” What gives?
Part of me would like Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to surprise everybody and sign SB 1062, aka the Religious Freedom to Discriminate Against Gays Restoration Act. That way, a gay or lesbian in Flagstaff, Phoenix, or Tucson — the only jurisdictions in the state that currently bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — could go to court and get a ruling that Arizonans’ religious freedom no more allows such discrimination in business than it allows discrimination on the basis of race or gender or religion itself.
Last Friday, a somewhat puzzled federal appeals court panel denied Notre Dame an injunction against having to comply with the terms of Obamacare’s contraception mandate because the university had in fact complied with them. Huh?
The greater Hartford Jewish community, whose epicenter is West Hartford, was rocked this week by news that the Crown Market is closing. For 74 years, the Crown has been not just the place where you could buy kosher but the community’s heart and soul.
The significance of “Zionism Unsettled,” the study guide put out under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church last month, does not lie in its wholesale embrace of the Palestinian cause but in its theological rejection of Zionism as a species of religious exceptionalism.
Reality show star Jamie Coots is not the first snake-handling pastor to die practicing his faith, and he presumably won’t be the last. The question is whether Americans have become more susceptible to the religious liberty claims he made.