Both the Church of England and the National Secular Society have lashed out at a British government decision to deny asylum to an Iranian Christian because the man claimed Christianity is a peaceful religion. The Home Office rejected the man's case, writing a letter to him citing violence and violent imagery in the Bible which it said "are inconsistent with your claim that you converted to Christianity after discovering it is a 'peaceful' religion, as opposed to Islam which contains violence, rage and revenge." After the response, a government spokesman acknowledged, "This letter is not in accordance with our policy approach to claims based on religious persecution, including conversions to a particular faith."
In the best of all possible worlds, such actions wouldn't be necessary. In the current climate, boycotting social media might spark a return to a robust marketplace of ideas.
"I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since."
What happens when cities and counties have their own ideas about a law that authorizes the seizure of guns from people who are mentally ill?
As a Deadline for Legalizing Marijuana in Illinois Approaches, a New Poll Finds Strong Public Support
According to the survey, three-fifth of voters think pot should be legal for recreational use.