Activism / Atheism

No Solemnity Without Religion; or, Why Can’t Atheists Perform Weddings?

  By limiting authority to state actors and clergy, the state forces an irreligious couple to make a choice: conform to the hegemonic idea of marriage as a sacred institution; or implicitly acknowledge that their union is a matter of bureaucratic paperwork.  Either way, the experience of the irreligious is trivialized. I’ve been thinking this … Continue reading

abortion / Feminism / Morality

The personal is political: Women’s health choices VS religious freedom?

Women’s health issues are controversial. In recent years, conservative politicians and religious leaders have been leading a push to make health services for women harder and harder to obtain. For instance Rick Santorum has advocated that states should have the right to ban birth control. Now, as adamantly pro-choice as I am, I can see why some people … Continue reading