It is usual for authors writing social analysis to preface their works with something along the lines of working “towards” an understanding, critique, or revaluation of some situation or event. After all, there’s nothing bad about a bit of intellectual humility. On the other hand, I doubt we’d want to live in a perpetual state of agnosticism about everything, forever stuck on the question and never arriving at a definitive answer. It was G. K. Chesterton who said that “the purpose of an open mind, like an open mouth, is to shut it firmly on something solid.” Read more…
from Helen Alvare
It’s time to make some intelligent noise here in DC, across the street from the White House.
Women Speak for Themselves has obtained a permit to occupy the famous Lafayette Park, August 1 (yes, in three weeks…), in order to speak out against the HHS Mandate imposing contraception and early abortion insurance upon religious institutions and individuals. Read more…
A student at Sonoma State University was ordered by her supervisor to remove her cross necklace while she was working at an orientation for new students.
Audrey Jarvis, 19, was told “that she could not wear her cross necklace because it might offend others, it might make incoming students feel unwelcome, or it might cause incoming students to feel that ASP [Associated Students Productions] was not an organization they should join,” her attorney said. Read more…
by Helen Alvare
I know this group is not following the developments in same-sex marriage together as part of our mission, but I was at the Court yesterday, and wrote for Scotusblog on the subject and have a few reflections on the two opinions (Hollingsworth and Windsor) that DO touch on our work so I thought I would share them. They are in line with my general impression that legally and culturally, developments concerning the interplay of sex, kids and marriage, influence one another fairly strongly. Read more…
by Jennifer Roback Morse
This article was first published at Thomas International Center.
Have you ever heard comments like these? “People oppose gay marriage only for religious reasons, because there really aren’t any rational non-religious reasons to oppose gay marriage.” “You are fighting for a lost cause. Marriage was lost a long time ago.” And finally, how about this one, “It is time to throw in the towel, and accept the inevitable.” Read more…
from Helen Alvare
by Simon Smart
A sociologist argues in a new book that religion benefits the US by $2.67 trillion every year — a figure that cannot be ignored.
An unforgettable scene in the kids movie Madagascar 2 has King Julian, “Lord of the Lemurs,” reclining with his friends at the luxury end of a rickety old plane watching newsreels of aircraft crashes while the penguins dubiously take the controls. Read more…
from Kristina Arriaga of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
If you are a New Yorker, you will be happy to know that your tax dollars are hard at work persecuting seven small, family-owned shops in Brooklyn.
Because they posted this at their stores:
No low-cut necklines.
Thank you. Read more…
DOJ apparently nervous to continue argument that Bible publisher isn’t religious enough for religious exemption.
Attorney sound bite: Matt Bowman
from Helen Alvare
First, thank you for continuing to “keep me in the loop” regarding developments concerning religious freedom, abortion and contraception within your various states and expertises. I get a few emails a week containing articles you’ve drafted or news or technical information; these gets invested right back into the work of WSFT. So THANKS!
Second, I just returned from a bunch of talks on women’s freedom and religious freedom in Central and Western Europe. I told bishops’ conferences, academic audiences and members of the European Parliament about our work together! I came away with two impressions. Read more…