Humanism and the Renaissance


Party Hard With Henrik Vibskov, Paris? Wildest Fashion Designer – Daily Beast

Daily BeastParty Hard With Henrik Vibskov, Paris? Wildest Fashion DesignerDaily Beast“There is a philosophical bent to the enlightenment in the 18th and 19th century, and that's what I focussed on: the rise of humanism,” says Miller. …. Perhaps, if we're patient enough, some newfangled quaffs born of the cocktail renaissance will yet …and more »

Religious freedom gives me the constitutional right to violate your constitutional rights. Right? (Daily Kos)

They've got rights too.
Conservatives just _love_ the Constitution. Or at least they say they do. The thing is, they don't seem to have any idea how it works. At least that's a more charitable explanation than saying they don't care how the Constitution works and merely use it as a fig leaf while they undermine the rights it guarantees. And I'm a charitable kind of guy, so I won't say that.
When the Supreme Court recognizes that marriage equality is a constitutionally guaranteed right, one part of the battle will be over. But conservatives have already begun to fight on another front, namely how to implement (or not) that right. Republican state legislators in Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, and both Carolinas (South Carolina was first!) have this year proposed various bills that would give government officials who perform civil marriage ceremonies and/or issue marriage licenses and other related documents the ability to refuse same-sex couples if it would violate a "sincerely held religious belief."
Additionally, Oklahoma State Rep. Todd Russ proposed to take civil officials out of the marriage business altogether and force prospective couples to be married by "an ordained or authorized preacher or minister of …

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