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Religion Overwhelms in News

Sightings this week belongs to the “catching our breath” or “cleaning our glasses” category of columns. Note that for once it lists no sources or resources at the end. There are simply too many to cite. We cannot recall, in our sixteen years of “sigh...

June 29, 2015

freedom of expression | Oliver Wendell Holmes | censorship | Voltaire | Louis Brandeis | blasphemy | Prophet Mohammad | Charlie Hebdo | Thomas Aquinas | Puritans | American Revolution | Enlightenment | Second Great Awakening | John Adams | Thomas Jefferson | US Supreme Court | Zineb El Rhazoui

"Charlie Hebdo's" Haunting Question: Should We Have the Right To Blaspheme?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Geoffrey Stone's comments were first delivered in early March when he introduced a University of Chicago event featuring Charlie Hebdo journalist, Zineb El Rhazoui. Why do we care about freedom of expression? Perhaps the simples...

April 23, 2015

same-sex marriage | contraception | Hobby Lobby | US Supreme Court | Equal Protection Clause | Fourteen Amendment | US Constitution | Religious Freedom Restoration Act | Ruth Ginsburg | civil right laws

In 2014, Marriage and Contraception Dominated US Religion News -- Nathan C. Walker

As expected, marriage and contraception dominated 2014’s domestic religion news headlines. At this time last year, same-sex marriage was legal in fifteen states, plus the District of Columbia. Today, 70 percent of the US population lives in a state w...

January 8, 2015