Tolerance

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
Understanding the Religious Right … Or Maybe Not

Understanding the Religious Right … Or Maybe Not

Christian Church, Christianity, conservatism, Consitution, Ideology, Politics, Reformation, Religion, Scripture, Sexuality, Spirituality, Theology, Tolerance
OK ... 'fess-up time! I'm sure this will not make anyone choke on their beer and pork rinds, least of all anyone who even superficially knows me, but ... well ... here goes ... I don't understand the religious right. OK ... that's it ... I don't understand the religious right. Four master's degrees, adjunct faculty (once upon a time) at 2 universities, published criticism of the poetry and prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins in some fashionably obscure postmodernist academic journals ... visiting Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford, 1988 ... so I’m good at understanding stuff. But I don't understand the religious right ... Why? Well ... OK ... here's the thing, or at least a Reader's Digest condensed version thereof. The religious right comprises Protestant denominations that, whatever their