Author: joe

Ohio’s Economy Is Harmed by Intolerance

A letter published in The Columbus Dispatch claimed that stronger economic growth occurs in states denying civil rights to gays. But the writer’s approach has been taken by Ohio’s state government for a number of years and has undoubtedly exacerbated the state’s economic problems.

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Nasty Porn, Friendly Porn, and Antisocial Behavior

Some anti-sex zealots want to ban all pornography. But like other entertainment, the types of pornography range from bad to good. In judging entertainment and deciding how to deal with it, therefore, the focus should not be on whether it is pornographic but on whether it is beneficial or harmful.

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Political Speech and the Churches

The so-called Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act would allow churches to use 20% of their budgets for partisan political activities. Both religion and government would be harmed if Congress passes this bill.

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School Prayer Has Always Been Divisive

In recent years, heated and sometimes violent controversies over school prayer have revealed the divisiveness that results when public schools become involved in religious exercises. These disputes have a long and sad history in the U.S.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Knowledge of the First Amendment

The Religious Right criticizes Thomas Jefferson’s famous metaphor of “a wall of separation between church and state.” But Jefferson’s statement accurately describes the Constitution’s requirements concerning the relationship between government and religion.

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