Religion and Politics

Can we narrow down who gets rights even further?

Tony Perkins states, I would use that term ‘Christian’ loosely. That title is — let’s talk biblical, here’s the deal, it’s like with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that we worked on in Mississippi and failed in Arizona and other places, here’s a test of what is a true religious freedom, a freedom that’s based on orthodox religious viewpoints. It has to have a track record, it has to come forth from religious orthodoxy. Note, not only is such a test actually forbidden in the US constitution, but the Founding Fathers who themselves couldn’t qualify stated numerous times the

Society and Religion

You get sick because of germs and physical causes, not because God is angry

I have words to say about this, but they are generally pretty awful and are about 4 letters long each. Watch the news report too: NBC10’s Lu Ann Cahn spoke to one member of First Tabernacle Thursday about the church’s beliefs. “The church believe that people get sick because they’re not doing the right thing,” the man named John said. He refused to give his last name during the interview. “God promised us that if we do his will, that there’s no infection; all these diseases that you name, would not come to you,” the man explained. John says

Society and Religion

Most Americans are Concerned About Restrictions in Religious Freedom

Intriguing findings from Barna Group: Many Americans express significant angst over the state of religious freedom in the U.S. Slightly more than half of adults say they are very (29%) or somewhat (22%) concerned that religious freedom in the U.S. will become more restricted in the next five years. As might be expected, those who are religious are more concerned than those who aren’t—particularly Christians more so than those adherents to other faiths. Practicing Protestants (46% very concerned) are more worried about this prospect than others; yet, 30% of practicing Catholics are also concerned. Barna-defined evangelicals, who meet a

Religion and Politics

Cargill – ’nuff said

All individuals – both those who express faith in various deities and those choosing to adhere to no religion – should have the freedom to debate, criticize, and yes, joke and satirize all forms of ideology, including economic, political, and yes, religious. via On Faith, Freedom of Expression, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Statement in Response to the Protests in Egypt and Libya « XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill. Maybe not all that needs to be said –  but it is a powerful statement. I have a post on Monday, but… read this now. Comment.

Religion and Politics

Should all Religious Liberty be protected?

In this country, we are discussing a subject near and dear to revisionist historians – religious liberties. But, should they all be protected? What about the life of the child whose parents do not believe in medicine (I was one of those), but unlike those who catch common colds, this one gets cancer. Can they claim religious liberty? Or what about the Sikh? Their religion requires them to carry small knifes and wear head coverings. Or Islamic women who wear veils? Americans have a difficult time in trying to protect their religious liberties? The answer to that question starts with

Religion and Politics

The Jesuits Break Ranks with the Vatican over Birth Control

This was brought out by my friend in Louisiana, the good one and not the one in Hammond who never writes any more: By stretching the religious liberty strategy to cover the fine points of health care coverage, the campaign devalues the coinage of religious liberty. The fight the bishop’s conference won against the initial mandate was indeed a fight for religious liberty and for that reason won widespread support. The latest phase of the campaign, however, seems intended to bar health care funding for contraception. Catholics legitimately oppose such a policy on moral grounds. But that opposition entails

Gender Issues / Religion and Politics

Rep. Issa – Women’s participation in the Contraception debate is not needed

Ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) had asked Issa to include a female witness at the hearing, but the Chairman refused, arguing that “As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.” via Democratic Women Boycott Issa’s Contraception Hearing For Preventing Women From Testifying | ThinkProgress. Yes! Finally, women do not get to speak out on their own issues. Enough of that, I say. Related articles Darrell Issa to hold Congressional hearing on