bestnom1000x50
  • May 12, 2008
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By,
    Wendy Kaminer

    Last month, I criticized the Texas ACLU for its timidity in defense of liberty when Texas authorities raided the polygamous “Search for Zion,” compound, forcibly removed some 460 children from their parents, on the basis of one anonymous phone call (since determined to be a hoax,) and then ordered mandatory DNA testing for everyone.


    Read More

  • May 09, 2008
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer,

    Why is polygamy illegal? Why don’t Mormons have a First Amendment right to enter into multiple marriages sanctified by their church, if not the state? There’s a short answer to these questions but not a very good one: Polygamy is illegal and unprotected by the Constitution because over 100 years ago, the Supreme Court decided it was “an offence against society.

    Read More

  • April 18, 2008
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By, Wendy Kaminer

    When federal immigration authorities summarily rounded up immigrant workers in a surprise raid at a New Bedford factory in March 2007, civil liberties and civil rights activists immediately entered the fray, defending the rights of workers and the estimated 210 children affected by the round-up of their parents.

    Read More

  • April 15, 2008
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    Atheists and agnostics are typically portrayed as actively hostile to religious belief, with only occasional accuracy -- some are simply indifferent to its charms. What tends to unite us is not hostility toward religion but hostility toward theocracy, which makes many of us the most reliable champions of religious freedom.

    Read More

  • February 01, 2008
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    MYSpace has deleted the 35,000 member “Atheist and Agnostic Group” in response to complaints from people who are offended by atheism, according to a press release posted by the Secular Student Alliance. Group Moderator Bryan Pesta stressed that the atheist and agnostic group had not violated any terms of service, adding, “when the largest Christian group was hacked, MYSpace’s founder, Tom Anderson, personally restored the group, and promised to protect it from future deletions.

    Read More

  • January 18, 2008
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    It's foolish to seek logic in appeals to religious faith, especially those made while campaigning, but I can’t help interrogating Fred Thompson’s refrain that our "basic rights come from God and not from any government." What exactly does this imply – that if Christians are denied the right to proselytize, they should pray for the right to be restored instead of petitioning their government? When people are fired or not hired on the basis of race, religion, or sex, should they turn to their spiritual leaders for help instead of their lawyers?



    Read More

  • December 12, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    I shouldn't bother critiquing anything penned by the Dinesh D’Souza, but his latest screed on atheism is hard to resist. Extrapolating from some intemperate comments posted by one anonymous, self-identified atheist who claims that he slapped his mother “the last time that she tried telling me that god existed,” D’Souza concludes that “atheism sometimes produces so much bitterness that even the natural human sentiments become distorted and warped

    Read More

  • December 06, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    Thank god for religious minorities: when members of minority faiths run for office they have little choice but to defend religious liberty and give at least a nod to separation of church and state. Appealing to our tradition of pluralism and, like John Kennedy, promising that as president he would not take direction from his church, even Mitt Romney occasionally sounded a little like a civil libertarian in his virtually obligatory speech on faith.

    Read More

  • December 02, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    Friendly, occasionally funny, less doctrinaire than many of his fellow conservatives and more approachable than the authoritarian Rudy Giuliani and robotic Mitt Romney, Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is the right wing preacher/politician/presidential hopeful that some liberals are learning to like.

    Read More

  • November 08, 2007
    By webteam

    By James F. Tierney

    Last week the family of a U.S. marine who died in Iraq won a $10.9 million award against members of the Westboro Baptist Church for picketing outside the soldier’s funeral, bearing signs reading “God Hates Fags.” (They “argue” that U.S. servicemen and women are dying in Iraq because God is punishing the U.

    Read More

  • November 08, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    Anyone who has yet to be convinced that the term “faith-based” social services is a euphemism for sectarian social services should consider that the Bush Administration has directed 98% of “faith based” foreign aid funds to Christian groups (according to a 2006 report by the Boston Globe.) That should come as no surprise.

    Read More

  • October 25, 2007
    By Harvey Silverglate

    By Harvey Silverglate


    The act of censorship is usually seen as a direct affront to the First Amendment, buts it’s not always that clear and simple. The reason, of course, is that the amendment has several clauses, and at times some of them are in tension with one another, if not in seeming conflict.

    Consider today’s curious report in The Boston Globe that the pastor of St.


    Read More

  • June 27, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    Civil libertarians have good reason to mourn the Supreme Court’s latest rulings eviscerating student speech rights and empowering the president to divert public funds to sectarian religious groups. In the wake of the Court’s earlier decision this term upholding bans on second trimester abortions, these cases confirm that the Court is now pretty firmly under the control of authoritarian (not libertarian) conservatives.

    Read More

  • May 15, 2007
    By Harvey Silverglate

    The mourning period that followed Ronald Reagan’s death three years ago, in which even his fiercest critics agreed to temporarily bite their tongues, clearly won’t apply to the recently deceased Rev. Jerry Falwell. His corpse had barely turned cold before the media erupted into a debate over the demagogue’s true legacy.

    Read More

  • April 20, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer

    At the risk of being considered impolite, I can’t help but add that every one of the five Justices who upheld the ban on a second trimester abortion procedure (in defiance of expert medical opinion) are Catholic. Four are conservative Catholics. I expect that some consider the mere mention of this obvious but salient fact an example of religious bigotry, but advocates of more religion in government who praise the influence of sectarian religious ideals on public policy should be prepared to hear it questioned.

    Read More

ADVERTISEMENT
Related Articles

113012_IdiotBox_list
Boston Phoenix
The Second Coming
Published 11/30/2012 by MATT BORS
Idiot Box

CARTOON_Failure186_karlStevens_list
Boston Phoenix
The Return of Pope Cat
Published 9/7/2012 by KARL STEVENS
Failure

 Friends' Activity   Popular 
All Blogs
Follow the Phoenix
  • newsletter
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • youtube
  • rss
ADVERTISEMENT
Latest Comments
ADVERTISEMENT
Search Blogs
 
Free For All Archives