Recent Entries by Nicholas Little

Trump’s Muslim Ban and His Battle to Undermine the Judiciary

January 31, 2017

Just as Sean Spicer, Trump’s Press Secretary, and others have sought to delegitimize the Fourth Estate, and paint the press as the enemy, so the current deliberate battle with the courts is seeking to undermine public support for the judicial branch.

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The Question Christians Must Now Ask Themselves

November 09, 2016

Christian groups will get much that they want from the upcoming regime; their coffers will be protected from taxation, they will receive taxpayer funds to proselytize, their business-owning members will likely be permitted to refuse service to LGBT people. Yet at what cost?

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Repealing the Burkini Ban Doesn’t Address the Real Problem

August 26, 2016

The ban and the way it was enforced were wrong. But while our commitment to religious freedom and free speech and expression requires us to support the right of women to dress as they wish, whether that be in “revealing” or “modest” attire, or anything in between, whether for purely personal or religious reasons, in the significant majority of cases, religious dress codes for women are not voluntarily adopted by their wearers.

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“Yesterday’s Home Runs Don’t Win Today’s Games”

July 14, 2016

We’ve had recent victories in culture war battles, in particular regarding LGBT rights. With Lawrence v. TexasUnited States v. Windsor, and Obergefell v. Hodges, we have moved from a situation only thirteen years ago where states could imprison people for being gay, to one where marriage equality is the law throughout the fifty states. But it would be a terrible mistake to think either that the fight is done, or even that we have the upper hand in the battle.

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The Problem of Hell

June 13, 2016

Hell was, I was taught, an unspeakably bad place. A place of torture, torment, and pain that would last for all eternity. And so I became unable to hold the existence of such a place, where people were actually sent, as consistent with the idea of a loving God.

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SCOTUS and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Non-Decision

May 18, 2016

On Monday the decision came down in Zubik v. Burwell, the latest incarnation of the campaign by the Religious Right against the Affordable Care Act and in particular its Contraceptive Mandate. Or, more correctly, the non-decision came down...

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What if 1940s Britain Had RFRA (and Justice Alito)?

May 11, 2016

Walking to the Metro last week, I heard a sound I don’t normally hear in my neighborhood, especially during the week – church bells. I have always loved the sound of church bells. Well, except for the college years when they magnified hangovers, but I am getting distracted. Church bells bring back floods of memories of my childhood in rural Sussex. So, of course, the sound took me away to fits of reminiscing and dreaming. 

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Ultra-Orthodox Airlines: Why Did SHE Have to Move?

April 05, 2016

This scene is being played out repeatedly at multiple airports, and on multiple airlines. Men complain based on religious beliefs, and women are forced to move. When men are denied this “accommodation” they have protested, stood in the aisles, and refused to allow the plane to take off. So the airlines have kowtowed to their demands, and the men have gotten their way. The offending and offensive woman has been taken elsewhere in the plane, where, presumably, she should be grateful that she can sit without having curtains drawn around her.

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What’s Really at Stake in Zubik: “They Want to Prevent Contraception”

March 24, 2016

It’s 2016. The year which holds the 47th anniversaries not only of my birth, but also of humanity’s first tentative steps onto soil not of this planet with the first lunar landing. And yesterday, on a beautiful spring day in DC, I spent the morning on the steps of the Supreme Court protesting in favor of access to birth control as the justices heard oral arguments in the case of Zubik v. Burwell.

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Crying “Religious Freedom,” but Bearing False Witness

November 23, 2015

The Ninth Commandment states “Thou shalt not bear false witness” (Exodus 20:16). Perhaps this is a passage of the Bible which the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty needs to reread and take to heart. In its self-serving publicity blurb on our court case down in Florida, the Becket Fund tells an outright lie. 

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