Can we call these ‘bad Samaritan laws’ ?
“Severino made it clear that defending religious freedom was his primary goal when he created a new Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom. “Never forget that religious freedom is a primary freedom, that it is a civil right that deserves enforcement and respect,” Severino said when he created the division.”
Five haredi men indicted for attacking gay black man in Brooklyn
he was walking through the heavily Orthodox neighborhood of Williamsburg on his way home to a nearby neighborhood when more than 12 Hasidic men attacked him while shouting anti-gay slurs.
If 12 members of a Muslim fundamentalist sect attacked a man this way, would it be covered differently? If the attacked man wasn’t gay, would it be covered differently?
Ultra-Orthodox Jew beats boy, 7, for riding bicycle close to Shabbat
The man, who erroneously believed that the boy is desecrating Shabbat, began shouting Shabbat, hit the child in the head and pushed the child. The boy fell off his bike and was injured.
The problem is fundamentalism, not any particular fundamentalist belief. Even if the child had been desecrating Shabbat, that would not have justified the attack to anyone but a fundamentalist.
Pope Francis interview: Forget homosexuality and birth control. He’s a flaming liberal.
Is he betting that the number of liberals who left the church because of its focus on gays and abortion will exceed the number of social conservatives that might leave because of Pope Francis’ focus on social justice issues?
Perry did not, of course, suffer politically for making an idiot of himself in this way. Not even the true believers really expect that prayers for precipitation will be answered, or believe that a failed rainmaker is a false prophet. And, had Perry’s entreaties actually been followed by a moistening of the clouds and the coming of the healing showers, it is unlikely that anybody would really have claimed a connection between post hoc and propter hoc. No, religion in politics is more like an insurance policy than a true act of faith. Professing allegiance to it seldom does you any harm, at least in Republican primary season, and can do you some good. It’s a question of prudence.
From Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine
That a climate science denier would lead a prayer for rain is just too funny.
Think you know what the Bible says about social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage? Take this quiz and let’s see.
Kristof on the gap between what the bible says and what the bible also says. Or why the bible is an awful political policy guide.
Murmurs Of Earth: A Partial List of those Who Will Not Be Raptured
According to the book of the Revelation of St. John the Divine…
All the Kings of the Earth who have fornicated with the Whore of Babylon (Rev 18:9)
Blasphemers (Rev 16:21)
Dogs (Rev 22:15)
Pimps (Rev 22:15)
Merchants who have done business with the Whore of Babylon (Rev 18:3)