Woman was told she would not be allowed to wear religious attire at council-run home
Ronald A. LindsaySecularism requires the state to refrain from endorsing any religious belief. One can argue, therefore, that some gov. officials (e.g., judges) shouldn't wear religious garb, but barring a retired nun from a state-run home b/c of a veil? That's ridiculous
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was set to announce the shift, which may doom peace efforts, on Monday afternoon.
Ronald A. LindsayCritics have claimed Trump has never revealed his Mideast peace plan. Not true. His plan is obvious. Make sure there's not a piece of land left on which a viable Palestinian state can exist.
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) today responded with astonishment and anger to the passage through the Ohio House of Representatives of a law which will result in Ohio public schools having to accept the religious beliefs of students as of equal...
An evangelical pro-life nonprofit that contracted with the state of Texas to build a network of women’s health service providers owes the state over $1.5 million for “serious contractual violations,” according to a preliminary determination.
Ronald A. LindsayThe real scandal here is not that this faith-based group failed to carry out its contractual obligations, but that Texas contracted with a faith-based group to provide essential services in the first place.
Ralph Drollinger is on a mission to extend the influence he has in Washington around the world. Is he representing Jesus, the administration — or himself?
Ronald A. LindsayStudy of the Bible so it will yield its one definite meaning just results in interpreting verses the way you definitely want. Holy texts can be, and have been, used to justify anything, from slavery to persecution of minorities to killing of witches. Cf.
Ronald A. LindsayThe notion that *study* of the Bible (or Qur'an) is useful for personal morality or public policy is an absurdity which has plagued humanity for centuries & it's troubling that this absurdity still guides the thinking of many US gov officials
As Ms. Warren ascends toward the head of the Democratic presidential pack, her critics have seized upon her bankruptcy work for big corporations to question her progressive bona fides.
Ronald A. LindsayWarren not my first choice among Dems, but fact that she represented "big corporations" (would it make a difference if corporations were small?) tells you nothing about her real views. This article just exploits ignorance of how US legal system works.
Ronald A. LindsayMany attorneys with liberal views represent "big" corporations. And plaintiffs' attorneys representing the "little people" not infrequently hold conservative views. One can't tell anything about a lawyer's political views based simply on their clients. Cf.
Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort ends her own life through euthanasia at the age of 40.
Ronald A. LindsayVervoort's case, among others, puts the lie to claims that those who seek euthanasia are just depressed, lonely, receiving inadequate health care, or reacting to social pressure. Courageously battling pain for years, she made the most of her life
The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip, with both Protestantism and Catholicism experiencing losses of population share.
Ronald A. LindsayIn a generation traditional Xians will be small minority in US, as in much of Europe. Good thing? Depends on whether this results in less dogma, more critical thinking, or many just trade one faith for another, whether it's religion or a political ideology
The pullout opens the way for a Turkish operation in northern Syria, angering Kurdish forces there.
Ronald A. LindsayThere are many reasons to oppose Trump, but his incompetence in foreign affairs may lead the list. When he's not fawning over dictators, he's demonstrating to the world the US is an unreliable ally. W/o the Kurds, ISIS would not have been defeated
The issue in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue is being distorted by atextual and ahistorical nondiscrimination principles.
Ronald A. LindsayPerceptive analysis of Establishment Clause in general, and of upcoming Espinoza case before SCOTUS in particular, by @tbroker23 a scholar with a well grounded understanding of Constitution and its history
Some blame the compulsory liberal studies curriculum and textbooks.
Ronald A. LindsayAt one level this is appalling, yet one must also grudgingly admire how dictatorships spin facts. Chinese propaganda rag says the unrest in Hong Kong is due to "compulsory liberal studies" bit.ly/2nbK6YI Oh, yeah that's it. Instead they should study Xi Jinping Thought!
The Education Department is investigating a Middle East studies program run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina, citing, among other issues, how Judaism is discussed in the curriculum.
Ronald A. LindsayAnd I thought it was only in authoritarian countries that the government dictates course content at colleges … oh, wait
A man who lived for 20 years as a male prostitute and drag performer is sharing how God restored his identity as a man.
Ronald A. LindsayHave no quarrel with the personal choices this individual has made. It's his life. Problem is when he & others claim their path is the path for all because *God* Religion (& ideology) are vehicles for imposing conformity