Monday, September 21
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Pit-Bulls, Wives, and "The Hunger Games"

Pit-Bulls, Wives, and "The Hunger Games"

"Life" Issues, Christianity, conflict, conservatism, critical judgment, Ethics, forgiveness, humor, paradox, Pro sports, Religion, Spirituality, Spousal / domestic abuse, violence, Women
Years ago, Tammy Wynette admonished women to "stand by your man." But judging by Ray Rice's assault on his (at the time) fiance Janay Palmer, it would seem that Janay was unable to stand at all. In fact, the last time I saw them together on that by-now-iconic video, she was not standing, but lying face-down and being dragged, rag-doll limp and unconscious, across the elevator-door threshold by her now-husband Ray Rice, rather like a human-shaped football being carried triumphantly across the goal line after a heroic third-and-long play. The Baltimore Ravens organization even cheered in a Tweet regarding Mrs. Rice’s alleged “role” in the assault:  Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident. It is unclear precisely what that “role” was, beyond perha...
Womb With a View Redux — Part 1

Womb With a View Redux — Part 1

ACA / Obamacare, autonomy, Christianity, conflict, Consitution, contraception, critical judgment, culture, employer mandate, Ethics, Freedom, Healthcare, Hobby Lobby, Ideology, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, republic, secularism, separation of Church and State, Sexuality, Spirituality, Theology, Tolerance, Women
In the month or so since the Supreme Court rendered its opinion in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, I have decided that the Hobby Lobby decision is easy to hate in the short-term but easy to … if not love, exactly … at least easy to tolerate in the long term. It really is not as bad as you perhaps have heard. I say this for several different, but related reasons that make snap judgments easy but, as is often the case, wrong in some important respects. These reasons include the history of the Federal statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA, usually pronounced riff-ra), according to which Hobby Lobby was decided; the pre-RFRA case law pertaining to the granting of religious exemptions to Federal (and State, though not all States have RFRAs) laws; the specific language of RFRA...