A Celebration of Religious Freedom

President Trump declared January 16, 2018, Religious Freedom Day. In his proclamation, the President stated that “[n]o American — whether a nun, nurse, baker, or business owner — should be forced to choose between the tenets of faith or adherence to the law.” This specific listing of test cases for religious liberty recalls directly the…

American Religious Pluralism is Real, Pt. 3

The treatment the Franklin episode has received in popular imagination and Christian revisionist-historical apology serves as simply a more brazen example of the kind of hagiographical pious-washing also applied to a moment of prayer that, according to all parties, actually did transpire when the Continental Congress met for the first time in September of 1774.…

The illusion of Christian unity and dominance in the U.S.: American religious pluralism is real

In a November post on her Patreon page, writer, thinker, and religious activist Megan Kennedy argued that we must face “a hard truth of modern American society: religious pluralism, in practice, is an illusion.” Kennedy finds evidence for her claim in the abusive treatment meted out by Fox News host Tucker Carlson to The Satanic…

Danica Roem, Lucien’s Law, and why the silencing of public religion kills a tough conversation we all need to have

Equality advocate Ash Beckham is an enthusiastic supporter of coming out of your closet and having the hard conversation, no matter what your personal closet or hard conversation is. I am an atheist and an ardent proponent of church/state separation, which means part of me inwardly celebrates when legal challenges to majority religious privilege in…