The Religious Crowds

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In the 2002 Brazilian film City of God (Cidade de Deus), the narrator, Rocket, provides the audience with a kind of social taxonomy of the eponymous favela during a street party. There was the “samba crowd,” the “soul crowd,” the gangs and the “religious crowd.” (Comunidade do crença, . . . . Continue Reading »

Harboring Doubts

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Like many social conservatives, especially Christian ones, I spend a lot of my time reading and writing about religious freedom, especially how it might be affected by the legalization of same-sex marriage and the campaign for “gay rights” more generally.Yet at the same time, I harbor doubts about the position we are staking out.You see, I sometimes think that Justice Scalia’s majority opinion in Employment Division v. Smith may have been correct.  Continue Reading »

Reticence in an Internet Age

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According to Mat Honan, we all have a secret than can ruin our lives. The secret Honan has in mind? Your passwords”or, most likely, the password”that you use almost every time you transact business online, which, for most of us, is every day… . Continue Reading »