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California Bill AB 2943 and What It Means for Religious Freedom

The bill in question, AB 2943, is intended to outlaw the sale of “sexual orientation change” therapy. However, Christian attorneys argue that the bill’s language is so broad that it could be used to restrict the sale of not only therapy, but also Christian books and lectures—including potentially the Bible.

GOP crack-up stems from nationwide crisis of faith

The Super Tuesday primary results made one thing clear: the Republican Party is split three ways. The establishment supports Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz leads the evangelicals. And then there’s Donald Trump, darling of first-time voters and independents. The Trump train looks likely to steam to a nomination unless one of his competitors throws himself on the tracks. […]

11 “good news” stories you may have missed in 2015

  Bad news usually tops the headlines, while good news gets overlooked. This holiday season, share some good news and give the gift of hope. Here are eleven positive stories from 2015 you may not have heard about. 1. Scientists are on the verge of curing cancer. This past summer, former president Jimmy Carter announced that he had been diagnosed […]

What Minimum Wage Opponents Get Wrong about Economics

Opponents of the minimum wage frame their argument in terms of oversimplified economic theory that is not borne out by empirical research.

What Reza Aslan Gets Wrong about the Nature of Religion

“We have to be able to criticize bad ideas,” atheist intellectual Sam Harris recently said on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. And “at the moment,” Harris continued, “Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas.” Harris delivered his remarks over the shouted protests of fellow guest Ben Affleck, who charged him with Islamophobia. In […]

What Nuclear Deterrence Can Teach Us about Gun Control

A useful way to think about gun control is to compare it to nuclear arms control and the theory of nuclear deterrence. Deterrence theory suggests that some proliferation of nuclear arms can actually make the world safer, because states that might be tempted to use nukes offensively will be “deterred” by the threat of retaliation […]

A Line of Separation between Corporation and State

Thomas Jefferson famously spoke of erecting a “wall of separation between church and state” in order to prevent an alliance of religious and political interests that would undermine democracy and lead to religious tyranny.[1] “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government,” he wrote.[2] “In every country and […]