Power, class, and the new campus religion
Religion was part of the state constitution....
I am inclined to think that Bernie Sanders and his allies mean well in opposing Vought’s nomination. They want to protect the feelings of members of a religious minority that has come under fire from many quarters. That sentiment is admirable and appreciated, but misguided. Bernie needs to realize that Muslims in America are more adult, and have more confidence in themselves and in the truth of their faith, than one might imagine. More importantly, by bending the Constitution in the name of pluralism to require relativism from all holders of public office, the institution of such a test would constitute a loss for Muslims and all religious believers in the long run.
People believe faith is worth more to people then religion.
Ismail Royer is a Program Assistant at the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom in Washington, DC. You can follow him on Twitter .
Religious ritual is “the active side of religion.
One way to distinguish between science and religion is the claim thatscience concerns the natural world, whereas religion concerns both thenatural and the supernatural. Scientific explanations do not appeal tosupernatural entities such as gods or angels (fallen or not), or tonon-natural forces (like miracles, karma, or Qi). Forexample, neuroscientists typically explain our thoughts in terms ofbrain states, not by reference to an immaterial soul or spirit.
Religious Freedom Essay - Classics, Philosophy, & Religion
The view that science can be demarcated from religion in itsmethodological naturalism is more commonly accepted. For instance, inthe Kitzmiller versus Dover trial, the philosopher of science RobertPennock was called to testify by the plaintiffs on whether IntelligentDesign was a form of creationism, and therefore religion. If it were,the Dover school board policy would violate the Establishment Clauseof the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Building onearlier work (e.g., Pennock 1998), Pennock argued that IntelligentDesign, in its appeal to supernatural mechanisms, was notmethodologically naturalistic, and that methodological naturalism isan essential component of science—though it is not a dogmaticrequirement, it flows from reasonable evidential requirements, such asthe ability to test theories empirically.