“Religious Neutrality Violates the Separation of Church and State”

In Denver, Colorado, a teacher at Florence High School complained that the public school was promoting Christianity, in violation of the separation of church and state.  He was quickly transferred to another school, and is now suing: “On a single day last year, there were no fewer than five Evangelical activities sponsored by the school,” … Continue reading “Religious Neutrality Violates the Separation of Church and State”

Wedding Blues

Legislators in North Carolina are pushing a bill that would allow magistrates to refuse to marry couples on religious grounds.  This touched a nerve for one couple who, in 1976, had been previously denied a marriage license on the grounds of magistrates’ religious beliefs.  In The News & Observer, Carol Ann Person explains: “So why … Continue reading Wedding Blues

The freedom to discriminate, but not the freedom to be a socialist.

“Coinciding interest opportunism” refers to the growing convergence between far right religious fundamentalism, corporate-fixated neoliberal market fundamentalism, historically revisionist nationalism, and other extremist ideologies in a way that is meant to coincide, co-opt and manipulate each other, either due to common interest or cynical power-building. In a weird example of coinciding interest opportunism, the anti-abortion … Continue reading The freedom to discriminate, but not the freedom to be a socialist.