Category: Articles

What it’s like when your state doesn’t love you back

“Get your heart in Alabama, or get out,” demands Amanda Walker in a recent op-ed. I gave my heart to Alabama, but she didn’t love me back, and so I left for the North. Last summer after graduating from Faulkner State Community College, I moved to Washington, D.C. to transfer to Georgetown University. I hope…
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What Do Humanists Make of the Burkini Ban?

Last week French police cited a Muslim woman for wearing a hijab on a beach in Nice, France, and ordered her to remove her headscarf, marking the latest incident in a clash over religious freedom, women’s rights, and national security in France. As reported by the French news agency Agence France-Presse, Siam (who only gave…
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Women’s Rights and Religious Liberty: What California and Illinois’s Laws against Crisis Pregnancy Centers Can Teach Humanists

Last week, two crisis pregnancy centers and a pro-life physician, represented by the conservative legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), sued the state of Illinois after Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed off on new requirements for health care facilities. Passed this year, Senate Bill 1564 amends the state’s Health Care Rights of Conscience Act…
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Democrats Should Know that Religion Is Not a Litmus Test for Public Office

Just days before the Democratic National Convention began in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, WikiLeaks released over 20,000 confidential documents from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), including internal emails among key DNC staff members. The emails, dated between January 2015 to May 2016, allegedly show the DNC working to support Hillary Clinton’s campaign over her opponent Bernie Sanders,…
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So-Called “First Amendment Defense Act” Would Actually Weaken Civil Liberties

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a U.S. House committee hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), heard from a panel of expert witnesses on the scope and effect of FADA. Introduced by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), FADA would prohibit…
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Articles for South Alabama’s Secular Student Alliance

On September 5, 2014, the University of South Alabama’s Secular Student Alliance will be holding a meeting on religion in public schools. The topics of discussion will include the history of religion in public schools, students’ rights, teachers’ rights, and school vouchers. I am currently working on two articles titled “Religion in Public Schools: A…
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