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Posts tagged with ‘Religious Freedom’

  • Hijacking Free Speech

    By Sheila Kennedy on October 13, 2014
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    Recently, a Indiana State Trooper was sued for proselytizing a woman he’d stopped for speeding. The Indianapolis Star has the story. Not surprisingly, our homegrown theocrats saw nothing wrong with this. Micah Clark, executive director of the American Family Association of Indiana, said that although the traffic stop might not have been the best time to quiz someone about faith, […]
  • ‘Scuse me, while I duck the sky…

    By Beth Cate on July 18, 2014
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    Don Knebel wrote last week that the sky was not falling by virtue of the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling. Not all at once, certainly, but some pieces have been raining down over the last couple of weeks that suggest we might want to keep our helmets handy. Don concluded, and I agree, that “[t]he key to the [Hobby […]
  • Science in Policymaking

    By Admin on July 14, 2014
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    What is the role of science policy making? What scientific misconceptions contribute to bad public policy? Why are facts not always persuasive? Richard Dawkins Foundation’s Executive Director, Robyn Blumner, moderates this panel discussion with Angela Ledford Anderson, director of the UCS Climate and Energy Program, Erin Heath, Associate Director of the AAAS Office of Government Relations, and Mercedes Gore from […]
  • The Hobby Lobby Decision: The Sky is Not (Yet) Falling

    By Donald Knebel on July 7, 2014
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    On June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. By a vote of 5 to 4, the Court held that regulations issued under the Affordable Care Act cannot require a for-profit corporation to provide health insurance covering contraceptives violating the religious beliefs of the corporation’s owners. The response has been […]
  • The Lessons of Town of Greece v. Galloway for Campaign Finance Laws

    By David Schultz on May 8, 2014
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    The Supreme Court’s recent Town of Greece v. Galloway ruling upholding invocation of a prayer before the start of a local town board meeting is not a decision that one would think would be of significance to election law, but it is.  Specifically, the Court’s discussion about coercion and religious beliefs has potential importance to those arguing against campaign finance […]
  • Religious Freedom, Discrimination and the American Experiment

    By Donald E. Knebel on February 28, 2014
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    The widespread publicity surrounding the bill to amend Arizona’s religious freedom law focused almost entirely on its apparent intent to allow businesses and individuals to refuse to deal with gay people.  But the noise about the proposed amendment, vetoed by Arizona’s Governor, drowned out ongoing questions about the meaning of religious freedom in a society characterized by extraordinary religious pluralism. […]
  • Ted Cruz Doesn’t Understand the First Amendment

    By Ed Brayton on December 27, 2013
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    Actually, he does. Ted Cruz is, by all accounts, a brilliant attorney who has been called by liberal law profs at Harvard Law one of the best con law students they ever had. So he must know that when he claims that the bigot from Duck Dynasty is having his free speech and religious liberty rights violated, he’s just lying […]
  • Duck Calls and Pilgrims: Religious Freedom in America

    By Donald E. Knebel on December 26, 2013
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    A&E’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson for an interview in which he seemingly equated “homosexuals” with “terrorists” and “homosexual behavior” with “bestiality” based on his interpretation of the Bible has caused an outcry from conservative commentators and politicians, including Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin, who characterize the suspension as an attack on “religious liberty” and “free speech.”  It plainly […]
  • Predicting the Supreme Court Prayer Case

    By Donald E. Knebel on November 18, 2013
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    On November 6, 2013, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments on one of the most vexing issues under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution —  When does the Constitutionally required governmental allowance of religious practices cross the line into Constitutionally prohibited governmental endorsement of religion?  The specific issue in the case is whether the town council of […]
  • You be the Judge- Religious Freedom and the First Amendment

    By Donald E. Knebel on August 22, 2013
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    United States District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker recently ordered the city of Evansville, Indiana not to allow a group of churches to display 31 six-feet high crosses in a popular river front park for two weeks.  The reaction has been predictable, with some decrying an activist judge destroying religious freedom and others bemoaning the obtuseness of the officials who […]