Posts tagged "secularism"

Qu’est qui ce passe en France?

Ashley Baxstrom: What's up with France?  President Nicolas Sarkozy of France joined President Barack Obama here in New York last week to celebrate the 125th anniversary of France’s gift of the Statue of Liberty to the US. The statue was originally dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886 in recognition of the French-American friendship established...

Be The Next Jesus. Or L. Ron Hubbard.

Amy Levin: Huffington Post Comedy recently ended a short and perhaps not-so-sweet competition called “Create Your Own Religion.” Though curiously lasting only three days, the call ushered in 906 submissions, including 113 (and counting) featured in a slideshow. The contest was open to anyone with enough free time to send in a catchy name,...

Tunisia’s Secular-Religious Tension Heightens

Kathryn Montalbano: In post-revolution Tunisia, tensions between what have been described as secular and conservative Muslim citizens recently heightened in the capital, Tunis, foreboding one of the major difficulties the country will face in rebuilding its sovereignty.  On Tuesday, members of the Islamist Salafist movement, which has propagated its demands in several...

Bangladesh (Further) Surrenders Secularism

Kathryn Montalbano: This week, the Bangladeshi government has pushed to retain the state's Islamic status, a move that requires an amendment to the constitution that originally declared Bangladesh secular and independent from Pakistan in 1971.  Bangladesh's path to independence could almost be credited to Indian Muslims, who sought reprieve from social and political marginalization in...

What is the Public Square?

No longer the patch of pounded earth in the middle of town, is the public square the shrinking footprint of legacy media? Is it the more than 200 million blogs that exist in cyberspace? Is it the school board meeting? Or the assembly at our local high school? Margaret Somerville, director...

Different Levels of Credibility Between Religions?

Hunter Baker blogs at First Things that he is not entirely happy with the way his email interview with Sarah Harland-Logan of Harvard Political Review was excerpted in the final article, "Is Godless Good?" Baker is author of the 2009 book The End of Secularism ("The provocative assertion of the book...

Liberal Media v. Liberal Media

27 February 2006 AP religion writer Richard N. Ostling continues to do his part to dismantle the secular/liberal-media myth by using his own elite pulpit to rail against the secular/liberal book publishing industry: comparing the reviews of two recent books by and about atheists to complain about the advantages that atheists have courtesy of “sympathy...

Air Force Friends

13 February 2006 What’s the proper balance between the two constitutional references to church-state relations? If you ask Ted Haggard, it’s a 2:1 cocktail, heavy on the protection of majority religions. After intensive lobbying by the Air Force’s “‘evangelical friends,’” the military branch revised its much-debated religious sensitivity guidelines by cutting 3/4 of the guidelines, and leaving...

Philosophy of Design

11 January 2006 Intelligent Design gets set for another trial, with a group of California parents suing a rural high school which introduced the evolution alternative as a philosophy elective. The new case, if it holds up, could force a more nuanced discussion of the merits of I.D., as previous lawsuits have protested the teaching of...

Thoughts for the Day

10 January 2006 “Thought for the Day,” a three-minute BBC segment that, for 36 years, has been allotted for religious perspectives on topical issues, may soon be opened up to secular contributors after years of lobbying by the British National Secular Society. While some, like the editorial board ofThe Telegraph, argue for continuing the religious requirements on...

Secular Centennial

09 December 2005 Today marks the centennial of France’s legislation separating church and state: the framework for its concept of laïcité, and the act that made France the only European country to declare itself a secular entity in its constitution. The 1905 law was originally created to limit the influence of the Catholic Church upon...

Forget Happy Holidays

01 December 2005 Sarah Price Brown: Everyone knows “happy holidays” means Merry Christmas and that the company “holiday party” is really a Christmas bash. So, why do we use these euphemisms? And why does the press go along with it, using phrases like “holiday season” and “happy holidays“? According to ABC News, Christian conservatives are...