Posts tagged "secularism"

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...

Laicit

By Cidney Dutton Laïcité, the French term for the separation of church and state, is a relatively new concept for a country whose history is far longer than America’s. Although passed only a century ago, the law of secularism was incorporated into the First Article of the Constitution of the French Fifth Republic. Some might...

Newdow Files Again

Michael Newdow files again, this time taking aim at the “In God We Trust” motto on U.S. currency. Newdow announced on Sunday his plans to file a federal lawsuit asking for the removal of the motto on the grounds that constitutional rights take precedence over historical references to the religious roots of the country.

Religion and Exclusion in Paris

“When the sun sets, the violence begins. Burning cars, balaclava-clad youth battling police (sometimes with real bullets), and an increasing sense of hopelessness cover neighborhoods long afflicted with high unemployment. It could be the West Bank, but this time the unrest is happening in the French working-class neighborhoods that are home to immigrant populations who...

Bad Magic and the Secularist of the Year

07 October 2005 Ah, the secular backlash against the rising tide of extremist religion — numbered, as always, in the “scores.” The petite force will meet this week in London, rallying its dozens with a new “Secularist of the Year” awards ceremony, the nominees for which include the script writer for one of Theo van...

Bad Magic and the Secularist of the Year

Ah, the secular backlash against the rising tide of extremist religion — numbered, as always, in the “scores.” The petite force will meet this week in London, rallying its dozens with a new “Secularist of the Year” awards ceremony, the nominees for which include the script writer for one of Theo van Gogh’s films; the...

Daily Links 26 January 2005

They Will Be Your Doctors When You’re Old Kansas’ State Board of Education is holding a public hearing this Saturday on the proposed statewide science standards which include a redefinition of the word “science” intended to remove bias towards “naturalistic” (non-theistic) belief systems. Pat Hayes, author of Red State Rabble, writes that the rephrasing — proposed by a group...

Daily Links December 06 2004

“When the holy mother sizzle is the only sound you hear” Golden Palace, the casino that bought the “Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich” for $28,000, is capitalizing on its purchase with a “Make Your Own Sandwich” option (“Your Face Here”), and a signature song (to the tune of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”), “It’s Virgin...