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.

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?

Hundreds of Anti-Muslim Demonstrators Surround Phoenix Mosque

Can you imagine the furor if armed Muslims started surrounding churches before services were to begin? The Washington Post reports: “About 250 mostly armed anti-Muslim demonstrators — many wearing T-shirts bearing a profanity-laced message denouncing Islam — faced-off against a roughly equally sized crowd defending the faith in front of a Phoenix mosque Friday night. … Continue reading Hundreds of Anti-Muslim Demonstrators Surround Phoenix Mosque