Is He Omnipotent, or Isn’t He?

Is He Omnipotent, or Isn’t He? I am currently reading a fine book by Frank Lambert entitled Separation of Church and State: Founding Principle of Religious Liberty, (2014, Mercer University Press). In the book, Professor Lambert relates how some Bostonians reacted to Benjamin Franklin’s invention of the lightning rod. At a time when most structures…

Magical Thinking in Children and Adults

Magical Thinking in Children and Adults A new study published in the July issue of the journal “Cognitive Science” has found that young people who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction. Researchers presented 5 and 6-year old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types…

Hobby Lobby and the Corporate Veil

Hobby Lobby and the Corporate Veil When I first heard the decision in the Hobby Lobby case (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby), I was angry and disappointed for the same reason that most people were: because it allows employers to insert their religious views into their employees’ personal medical decisions, which I think is wrong. But…

The End of ENDA?

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is a bill pending in the U.S. Senate that would prohibit employment discrimination against an individual because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Understandably, this proposed law was originally championed by virtually every gay rights organization in the country. Just as understandably, many gay rights organizations have now withdrawn…

It Isn’t About Their Religion; It’s About Yours

It Isn’t About Their Religion; It’s About Yours I lecture frequently regarding the separation of church and state; both in general and, more specifically, on the issue of prayer in the public schools. One of the points that I try to put across in my lectures is that for most people who think that there…