Posts tagged "first amendment"

Legislating Holy Scripture in Ohio

Ashley Baxstrom:  Ohio just keeps embarrassing the buckeye out of me (and that’s only on Jezebel). I can’t get a break. This week, however, it’s more of a middling sigh-and-shake-my-head feeling than an outright pounding in my temples. The culprit? Anti-abortion demonstrators protesting at the state Capitol. What are they...

Ground Zero and The Founders’ Civility

Akbar Ahmed is getting some praise for his piece at Salon that works to portray both Terry Jones and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as men "adding fuel to the fire," both exhibiting an insensitivity to a "civil" society that's decided to make them media headlines. Jones, you know by now, planned to burn...

Science, the State Religion

Young-earth creationist and founder of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham, is taking the Smithsonian's Natural Museum of Natural History to task for their new Hall of Human Origins.  "The purpose of this exhibit on the origin of man," he writes, "is not only to indoctrinate children and adults in evolution, but also atheism."  Ham,...

A “Kook, Weirdo, Nutjob, Whacko” Gets His Gun

A Sioux City, Iowa man was denied a gun license by Sheriff Douglas Weber because, said the sheriff, Paul Dorr's gun ownership was a "concern for the public.  Don't trust him."  Dorr and his son Alexander have been long known in their community for frequent political activities including distribution of leaflets, protesting, and letter...

Will BP Compensate Suffering Gulf Churches?

The AP reports that British Petroleum has not yet decided how to handle claims from churches and religious groups that have been hurt by the Gulf oil spill.  Because many attendees have lost their jobs church organizations are suffering a loss of donations and an increase in aid requests.

Constitutional Abstention

11 January 2006 In a lawsuit filed last month in Georgia, a 10th grade student, Jessica Bradley, and her father aresuing a private Christian high school, Covenant Christian Academy, for expelling Bradley for “sexual immorality” after the teenage girl kissed another girl at an off-campus slumber party last spring. Though none of the other girls involved...

Holy Wars Are Still Now

09 January 2006 A funny little article from Charles Haynes, the First Amendment Center representative and talking head of choice for all things litigio-cultural. Even as Haynes predicts little respite from religious controversies in 2006, he affects fatigue with the culture wars he’s built a reputation (and career) on — going so far to poke fun at the excesses...