As an integral part of many people's lives across the world, religion naturally intersects with just about every other aspect of society: politics, entertainment, morality, law, etc. This week, for Faithful Friday, we take a look at some of the ways religion impacts our lives outside of purely denominational settings. Join us as we look at the politics of religion in the United States, the way in which religion (and other strong ideologies) affect scientific progress, and even how the popular sci-fi franchise Star Wars is impacted by religious values.
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Welcome back to Faithful Friday, faithful readers! This week we'll be looking at the intersection of religion and society as a whole, particularly in regards to how the law and morality comes into play. Is compelling a Christian baker who believes homosexuality is a sin to make a wedding cake for a gay couple religious discrimination? Or is giving the baker the ability to refuse a license to discriminate? How might you raise a moral robot? These questions and more are addressed in the following stories.
In today's Fiery Tuesday post, we highlight stories of religion and activism: a *very* Christian Congress; Pagan view on Charlie Hebdoe?; rhetorical violence in Paganism; civil rights victories in 2014; understanding Roma culture.
The 2015 U.S. Congress was just sworn in -- and it's not exactly representative in gender, race, or economic status. Overlooked by many is also just how very Christian it is, in spite of growing religious diversity in the country....
In today's Fiery Tuesday, we have a set of stories that touch on minority religious beliefs in North America: a Muslim prisoner's beard sparks a Supreme Court case; Canada to ban polygamy?; when is fortune-telling fraud?; welcoming Pele's lava; a Sikh sues to join US military -- with his beard intact.
Why should Pagans give a care about the Holt vs. Hayes Supreme Court case? This post lays out the important religious rights issues in the case....
Two late-breaking stories of civil rights for minority (non)religions
An atheist will be offering a "non-theist" offering to open the City Council meeting in Greece, New York -- the town featured in the recent Supreme Court ruling. http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/atheist-open-ny-meeting-top-court-oked-prayers....
You can read my post about being a Southern Witch on the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act here: http://hecatedemeter.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/we-have-lost-the-south-for-a-generation-lyndon-johnson-fifty-years-ago-today-upon-signing-the-civil-rights-act/
The #HobbyLobby Supreme Court case today is complex, and its import for Pagans not clear. Court tried to rule narrowly, but left open many important issues for further decisions.
Clear winners: family-owned businesses (even corporations that are not publicly-traded) that have religious objections to various mandated public policies, organizations and people opposed to certain kinds of contraception and to abortion. Pro-life groups rejoice, as well as employers of all sizes and types. (Can "religious exemptions" apply outside of contraception? Unclear.)
Clear losers: female employees of said family-owned businesses who want contraceptive services covered under their employer-paid health care. (Though this will be somewhat dealt with by the Obama administration plans to cover such care itself, similar to exemption given to religious non-profits such as the Catholic church.) Opponents of "corporate personhood" gnash their teeth.
Up in the air: how far will the "religious exemption" go for family businesses?
Links to more coverage: http://www.religionlink.com/source-guides/religious-freedom/