Spaghetti Monsters and Free Exercise

Notes On Liberty

Should Flying Spaghetti Monster worshipers be allowed to wear colanders on their heads in drivers’ license photos? Maybe so. Today, four conservative justices hinted that someone might want to bring them a good Free Exercise case soon so they can unseat a long-standing and long-criticized case called Employment Division v. Smith. That case, penned by Justice Scalia, had in turn uprooted several decades-worth of precedent that had built up a robust bulwark of religious rights under the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause.

It’s a funny twist. Liberal justices like Justice William Brennan had built up strong protections under the Free Exercise Clause, such as allowing Amish to pull their children from high school early because of their faith, or allowing Saturday Sabbath worshipers to enjoy certain exceptions to work requirements for unemployment benefits. Then the penultimate conservative justice, Antonin Scalia, dealt a severe blow to those precedents in Smith

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Aussie Animal “Rights” Group Accused of Spurning Illegal Behavior With Online Map

Green Jihad

The UK Guardian reports Australia’s agriculture minister, David Littleproud, has urged the animal rights group Aussie Farms to remove a map the group published online revealing the locations of farms and abattoirs. Littleproud is concerned that its presence would enable people to conduct acts of terrorism and trespassing.

Aussie Farms denies their map would lead to any such results claiming animal rights activists are peaceful and non-violent. The information they provide, group spokesman Chris Delforce told the Guardian, can be found online anyway.

Littleproud’s concerns are justified since animal rights supporters with ulterior motives can use the map as a means of picking out targets to harass or attack. Plus also, as the agriculture minister points out, there is no way to verify the authenticity of the photos and videos uploaded to the website.

Aussie Farms’s claim that they want to allow consumers to make informed choices is nothing…

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Watching a show about the dot com bubble: learning by investing

An important statistical property neglected in public policy

Most top economists did not think much of Pikitty’s theory of inequality and growth

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Richard Posner on a little known efficiency gain

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The Palestinian Territories constitute the real “apartheid state”

Why Evolution Is True

The New York Times is rapidly becoming an anti-Israel paper. For every Bari Weiss op-ed (and there’s a good one today), there are several anti-Israeli articles, often filled with lies and misconceptions, like the piece below that appeared Friday. As CAMERA wrote after seeing Alexander’s article:

The New York Times‘s disproportionate focus on criticism of Israel, including its very existence, is hardly a new phenomenon, despite Alexander’s assertion to the contrary. In her op-ed, she argues: “Not so long ago, it was fairly rare to hear this perspective,” i.e., that Israel is committing “horrific human rights abuses” and “legalized discrimination.” (Her position seems to contradict Levy’s [Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy], who argued that “it’s getting more difficult” to publish such views.) In fact, CAMERA’s comprehensive study (“Indicting Israel: New York Times Coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict“) found that in the period from July 2011 through March 2012…

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Canada & The United States (Bizarre Borders Part 2)

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