Perry Dane on Richard III

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At the Center for Law and Religion Forum today, Professor Perry Dane has a response to my post last week on the controversy surrounding the re-interment of Richard III . Dane thinks the debate about whether Richard should receive a Catholic burial reflects more profound concerns about the meaning . . . . Continue Reading »

More on Yoga in the Public Schools

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[caption id=”” align=”aligncenter” width=”480”] Yoga Class in Encinitas Public School (NYT) [/caption] Last month, a California state court ruled that  including yoga in an elementary school phys ed program  does not violate the Establishment Clause. . . . . Continue Reading »

No Catholic Burial for Richard III

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Readers of First Things  probably know this already, but here’s a follow up on a story from earlier this year. In February, archaeologists confirmed that they had discovered  the remains of King Richard III  beneath a parking lot in Leicester. Richard died in battle at . . . . Continue Reading »

Interview with Rodney Stark

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The Center for Law and Religion Forum has an interview today with Baylor University sociologist Rodney Stark about his recent book,  America’s Blessings . The book critiques public opinion surveys that purport to show the decline of religion in America and an increase in Americans . . . . Continue Reading »

The Economist on Christian Sorrows

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[caption id=”” align=”alignleft” width=”203”] Photo from The Economist [/caption] The Economist  has a couple of interesting stories this week on the continuing plight of Christians in the Middle East. First, from the magazine’s valuable religion blog, . . . . Continue Reading »

An Ancient Mystery

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[caption id=”” align=”aligncenter” width=”500”] Mosaic in S. Costanza, Rome [/caption] Here’s a puzzle. The mosaic in this photo is in Rome’s Santa Costanza, a lovely fourth-century church with some of the oldest surviving Christian art. The . . . . Continue Reading »

Garnett on the DOMA Decision

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At Commonweal, Notre Dame law professor Rick Garnett has some interesting reflections on the implications for religious freedom of last month’s Supreme Court decision in the Defense of Marriage Act case, United States v. Windsor : It is easier to respect religious freedom in law and policy . . . . Continue Reading »

À Nous la Liberté

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Riots broke out  in a Paris suburb this weekend after police ticketed a woman wearing the full Islamic veil, or burqa, on a local street. Since 2011, France has banned the burqa in public places on pain of a €150 fine. The details of this weekend’s incident are unclear, but police . . . . Continue Reading »