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Posted inReligion

Dear Christians: Please stop using Jesus to spread hate

Reading Time: 3 minutes I am tired of people advocating for the rights of the “unborn” at the expense of the living, especially when those affected are predominantly women, those socialized as women, and people with uteruses. Statistic after statistic of the real implications and harms of anti-choice restrictions continues to be ignored, not to mention the disproportionate effect […]

Posted inThe Secular

Secularism on trial: the public/private belief distinction

Reading Time: 3 minutes A lesson about secularism was revealed in Senator Lindsey Graham’s strange interrogation of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. The Senator reminded us of the importance of the distinction between private belief and public impartiality. When we say that justice is blind, we mean that public officials ought to aspire to impartiality and learn to […]

Posted inLaw

Turns out, falsely shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater may be okay

Reading Time: 6 minutes “It’s Time to Stop Using the ‘Fire in a Crowded Theater’ Quote.” This headline over a 2012 opinion piece in The Atlantic magazine concluded—wrongly, I think—that opinionators and random others had erroneously applied the famous quote to free-speech debates for decades and should stop. In fact, this most common interpretation of the quote is absolutely […]