The far right is apoplectic about a 9-foot-tall bronze statue of Baphomet that the Satanic Temple wants to place on the grounds of the Arkansas state capitol. As the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer explains: “Their argument is quite simple: the First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, so if you allow a Christian symbol you … Continue reading Consistency and the Bronze Baphomet
President Obama visited Kenya this week, and gave what Vox is calling one of his most important speeches while in office: “While Obama’s address in Kenya was ostensibly about that country’s path to prosperity and the barriers it must overcome to achieve its full potential, it actually offered something much more powerful. In the 43-minute … Continue reading … in which President Obama and LGBT People Oppress Kenya
The far right has been intertwining the concepts of religious freedom and religious persecution, weaving a duality in which any limit on the former begets the latter. In this paradigm, even separation between church and state becomes religious persecution. There is no middle ground. There is a profound story on the website Homeschoolers Anonymous, where … Continue reading Persecution
A Senate committee is calling for a certification process for imams, as a way of fighting terrorism in Canada: “In a report issued Wednesday, the Senate security and defence committee said some foreign-trained imams have been spreading extremist religious ideology and messages that are not in keeping with Canadian values, contributing to radicalization. It calls … Continue reading Values-focused certification process for religious leaders? Canadian Senate says yes! Sort of.
Angered by the marriage equality ruling, Toby Will wrote an angry letter to the Stockton Record. Which wouldn’t be even remotely an issue if it weren’t signed: Toby Will Lieutenant, Stockton Police Dept. Modesto … which is something of an issue. Apparently, Will insisted his job title was included in the signature. The Stockton Police … Continue reading Fishing for Persecution: Stockton, CA
While this isn’t related to religious freedom, it is inspiring and worth noting. A Muslim community has: “… managed to raise just under $30,000 – money that will be used to help up to seven churches that were destroyed in the American south in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting and the campaign against the … Continue reading To Charleston, With Love
Today in religious freedom: “A pot-smoking church sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana on Wednesday, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs. “… The lawsuit claims church members believe marijuana is a sacrament that “brings us closer to ourselves and others. It is our fountain of … Continue reading Indiana’s New Religious Freedom Law Tested