Utah Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

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Sister Wives Decision

Here is the decision of the U.S. District Court in the case of Kody Brown et al. v. the Utah Attorney General.

How the DOMA Decision Advanced Religious Freedom

Religious freedom is not mentioned in the Supreme Court opinions for either of the two same-sex marriage cases that were decided last Wednesday.  Despite the fact that amicus briefs on both sides of… Continue reading

Snowden’s Espionage

Edward Snowden, the young CIA contractor who leaked classified information about information-gathering tactics to the press is awaiting his fate in Hong Kong.  Meanwhile, pundits and commentators are doing their best to predict… Continue reading

La “tragedia” de los ñáñigos

At the book fair in Havana’s Plaza de Armas I got a pamphlet on a particular variant of Afro-Cuban religion, the religion of the ñáñigos.  I’d been fascinated by Afro-Latin syncretistic religions since… Continue reading

Can There be Apolitical Religious Freedom?

Cuba’s a confusing place.  There are a number of things that I was surprised to learn that Cuba seems to be doing well, notably education and healthcare.  And yet, even these achievements are… Continue reading


The roots of the Jewish community in Cuba reach back to Columbus, whose departure from Spain coincided with the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian peninsula.  However, 90% of the once thriving community… Continue reading

Afro-Cuban Religion

In the town of Trinidad in southern Cuba, parishioners bring yellow flowers to the Virgen de la Caridad and red ones to honor Santa Barbara.  The virgin is the patroness of Cuba but is… Continue reading