In the Fall of 2019, the secretive Christian Right state legislative campaign, Project Blitz, became…Read More
Jack Rakove, the Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, is back with another prize-worthy book, Beyond Belief, Beyond…Read More
This morning’s presidential signing of an executive order “promoting free speech and religious liberty” isn’t the…Read More
The State Department’s new office for religious engagement should resist the temptation to impose a US model of religious freedom on the world. Church-state separation may work well in the US, but in other contexts, not so much.Read More
Do atheists have a case?Read More
Catholic Governor dissents from hierarchy while pro- and con- campaigns compete for religious support.Read More
Praise for role of faith not enough for word-counters.Read More
Just in time for the election comes the film version of Mexico’s Cristero War, depicting brave rebels risking it all for religious freedom. Only problem with the story: it’s not really true.Read More
Macho, blind, dishonest, kidnapped by aliens. In recent years, detractors have spat plenty of venomous words at Beatriz Paredes, former national director of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
“I abort you, Beatriz,” one editor even wrote in his takedown.
A known feminist, Paredes stood by while her PRI colleagues in various states approved constitutional reforms declaring life as the moment of conception and penalizing the practice of abortion, leading to more investigations and arrests of women. While abortion was illegal before, it was practiced clandestinely without prosecutions in most places. Since 2008, 19 states have passed similar measures—most recently in Baja and San Luis Potosi just last month.Read More
Rejecting forty-three years of legal precedent the court voted 5-4 to devote public money to religious institutions. Justice Kennedy wins the 2011 Tortured Judicial Casuistry Award for his remarks.Read More