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The Road to Decriminalization of Psychoactive Drugs Runs Through Religion
Brad Stoddard – Religion Dispatches
Brad Stoddard outlines the movement to decriminalize psychoactive drugs, and the role religious rhetoric and experience play in it. Whether you agree, or want to be aware of how religious freedom rhetoric is being used, it’s worth the read.
We must not let health care become a religion-free zone
Charles C. Camosy – America Magazine
This Jesuit publication focuses on what it calls the “absolutely bizarre” insistence that religion should not play any role in the world of medicine. Camosy outlines the long-term problems of this approach.
Threats to religious freedom and to women go hand in hand
Jeff Brumley – Baptist News Global
A panel at the United States Commission of International Religious Freedom found that everywhere religious freedom is threatened, the rights of girls and women are threatened as well.
To Those Who Say Religion is for People with Weak Minds
Daniel C. Peterson – Meridian Magazine
Since Freud, many have concluded that religion is only adopted as psychological comfort. Daniel Peterson looks at various refutations of that argument, including a look at the possible psychological motivations of atheism.
Getting ‘More Christians Into Politics’ Is the Wrong Christian Goal
David French – The Dispatch
Having people of faith in powerful positions used to be seen as a default good goal for many Christians looking to expand their influence in politics. French suggests that may no longer be a wise approach.