Posts Tagged ‘ Religious Freedom ’

Korihor fought for religious freedom

December 5, 2011 | 41 comments

A three-part quiz: 1. Please review the account of Korihor in Alma 30. 2. True or false: Korihor was a religious freedom advocate battling an oppressive central government. 3. What does your answer in #2 say about these areas? Pick a few, and elaborate: -The role of religion in public life -The place of religious freedom claims -Free speech and its potential limitations -Popular conceptions about the proper role of government in 1830 (or in 2011) -Democracy, theocracy, and Zion -Any related topics of interest Read more »

Garment Rights?

March 5, 2009 | 125 comments

Do we have a right to wear garments? If we do, how far does that right go? What , kind of right is it? Is it a human right? Or a legal one that might disappear and reappear as we pass national boundaries? Read more »


January 19, 2009 | 9 comments

The way we honor Martin Luther King Day, around here, is we post his words, usually the text of his letter from Birmingham Jail. Read more »

What Should Mormons Do?

November 12, 2008 | 44 comments

The Associated Press reported yesterday that Mormon employees at the University of Phoenix benefited from discrimination based on religion, according to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The University settled the suit, paying $1.9 million to 52 employees (an average of more than $36,000 each!) and agreeing to a “zero-tolerance” policy to religious discrimination, but did not admit wrongdoing. What’s up with that? Read more »

Morality, Legality and Alcohol

September 24, 2008 | 20 comments

The church issued a statement about alcohol laws in Utah. The last paragraph reads: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that Utahns, including those who work in the hospitality industry, can come together as citizens, regardless of religion or politics, to support laws and regulations that allow individual freedom of choice while preserving Utah’s proven positive health and safety record on limiting the tragic consequences of overconsumption of alcohol.” Read more »

The 12th Article of Faith and East Germany

July 22, 2005 | 25 comments

“We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” This statement of our belief never troubled me until I lived in the German Democratic Republic, otherwise known as East Germany. Read more »

Violating the First Amendment

February 2, 2005 | 137 comments

What I’m about to tell you are two true stories in which public employees clearly violated Supreme Court rulings on the First Amendment. The names and a few other details have been changed to protect the guilty. Read more »

Baptizing the Gentile Dead

April 12, 2004 | 6 comments

First Things’s Fr. Neuhaus has noticed the efforts of some Jewish groups to keep holocaust victims from our vicarious baptism (about 4/5′s down, the 23rd bulletpoint under While We’re At It). Although apparently retracting his concession that we’re ‘marginal Christians,’ he definitely takes our side. Why worry about baptism, he says, if you believe it has no effect? Fr. Neuhaus discusses a lawsuit in the works, but I can’t confirm it. For some previous discussion, see here and here. Read more »

Catholics Made to Provide Contraception

March 3, 2004 | 12 comments

I’ve decided to stay in touch with my sexually-obsessed inner Puritan. Mormon texts, Mormon shmexts, what about birth control? More to the point, what about religious freedom? California law requires employers to pay for contraception through health plans. Catholics think contraception is wrong, so Catholic charities and Catholic hospitals resisted the rule. Now the California Supreme Court has ruled that the Catholics must comply. Apparently, it mattered to the Court that the charities and hospitals employed non-Catholics and treated non-Catholics. Segregation marches on. Religious belief is no longer allowed to influence legislation, post-Lawrence. In California, it is no longer... Read more »

Should Mormons Avoid R-Rated Legal Opinions?

February 4, 2004 | 25 comments

You remember the case: Mormon acting student at the University of Utah files suit because she felt that her free speech and free exercise rights were violated by her acting teachers’ requirement that she say f–k and g—–m in classroom performances. The federal district court tossed the suit, but the student just won her appeal, keeping the case alive (caveat clicker: the court’s opinion contains profanities) . Read more »

CTR Rings to be Banned in France?

December 17, 2003 | 9 comments

As though Americans needed more evidence of the absurdity of France’s government, today Chirac proposed a law to ban students from wearing religious tokens in school. Chirac thinks this is a moral battle — his conscience leads him to prohibit Jewish boys from wearing yarmulkes at school: “In all conscience, I believe that the wearing of dress or symbols that conspicuously show religious affiliation should be banned in schools.” Read more »

Sacred and Profane

November 20, 2003 | one comment

In the spirit of getting some content on this site, I offer the following from the archives of A Good Oman: A thought on First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake v. Salt Lake City Corporation, 308 F.3d 1114 (2002), the Salt Lake City Main Street case: In his wonderful book The Sacred and the Profane, Eliade discusses the idea of sacred space. According to Eliade one of the things that religion does is orient the believer in the cosmos. It does this by interrupting the normal flow of space with sacred places — shrines, temples, etc. — that mark... Read more »


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