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What are the origins of the deep divide between liberals and conservatives over environmental questions? How much of it is due to political and economic forces—oil industry support of the opposition, gerrymandering, political divides, things like that—and how much of it has to do with real ideological and intellectual divisions?
The patent office was not only given the mandate to consider laboratory life as chemistry, but the mantle of apolitical neutrality to cloak its actions.
If you’re not able to block the contraceptive coverage requirements, and you’re not able to block same-sex marriage, then an alternative strategy is to argue based on religious liberty for exemptions from laws protecting that conduct.
One of the most powerful ways that religious freedom has worked historically is as a tool for US empire and white supremacy. It might be counterintuitive or subversive to speak of religious freedom as a tool of empire, but that’s clearly its role.
What does religion in general, and Christianity in particular, have to do with rights and human rights?
It should encourage us to take seriously the continuation of the cycles of poverty, unemployment, and uneven development—often stratified along lines of class and race—that drive ordinary people to leave behind everything they have ever known in search of something better.