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

The New Oppression Olympics

Today in religious persecution, hardware store owner and Baptist minister Jeff Amyx has been getting some attention for putting a sign in his store window which reads, “No Gays Allowed.” “They gladly stand for what they believe in, why can’t I? They believe their way is right, I believe it’s wrong. But yet I’m going … Continue reading The New Oppression Olympics

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 Arrests Have Begun?

A Unitarian minister has been arrested for refusing to marry a same sex couple, in Alabama.  No, wait, that’s not right: for wanting to marry a same sex couple.  From Think Progress: “In February, the Rev. Anne Susan DiPrizio, a Unitarian minister offered to marry a lesbian couple at the Autauga County Probate Office after … Continue reading The Arrests Have Begun?