Nones Across the Globe

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[caption id=”” align=”alignleft” width=”300”] Image from Patheos [/caption] The third largest religious affiliation in the United States is “None.” Roughly one-fifth of adult Americans tell surveyors that they have no religious affiliation at all. The . . . . Continue Reading »

Raphael Lemkin Was a Remarkable Man

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When he died, roughly 50 years ago at the age of 59, Raphael Lemkin was impoverished and embittered, an unnoticed man. Only 7 people attended his funeral. Yet he was one of the most influential international human rights lawyers of the twentieth century. Lemkin, whom  Jay Winter describes . . . . Continue Reading »

Religious Skepticism and American Lawyers

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Law has an outsized influence on American culture. And, according to University of Michigan Law Professor Dan Crane, religious skeptics have an outsized influence on the legal profession . He refers to a recent survey of students at an elite law school: According to Pew Forum data, people who . . . . Continue Reading »

Is Yoga Constitutional?

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Last month, I  wrote about a controversy surrounding the White House’s  inclusion of a yoga garden  in its annual Easter Egg Roll. The problem is this: yoga is a Hindu spiritual practice. Arguably, therefore, state-sponsored yoga is a religious endorsement that violates the . . . . Continue Reading »

Good-Bye to All That?

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A report in last week’s Telegraph  suggests that British Christianity is  declining more rapidly  than previously understood. Initial reports about the 2011 census showed the number of people in England and Wales who describe themselves as Christians had fallen by 10 percent . . . . Continue Reading »

Six Years and 300 Lashes

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According to reports in the Arab media and Reuters, Saudi Arabia has convicted a Lebanese man of “evangelism” and sentenced him to six years in prison and 300 lashes. According to reports, the man, an Evangelical Christian, converted a Saudi woman in her 20s to Christianity and . . . . Continue Reading »