Secularists wary of Kagan on Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (RNS) Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan wrapped up her confirmation hearings Wednesday (June 30) without major hiccups, but she’s drawing concern — even opposition — from an unexpected camp: secularists. While Kagan, a Democrat, has faced the greatest scrutiny on her views on abortion and homosexuality, some atheist, agnostic and secularist groups aren’t convinced […]

  • Ruth Walker

    Religionists rarely see the discrimination suffered by the nonreligious. They seem to be programmed to tune it out.

    They conclude that immoral activities of the religious and the moral activities of the nonreligious are exceptions to the rule, even though the evidence shows there is no moral advantage to being religious.

    http://atheism.about.com/od/adolfhitlernazigermany/tp/AdolfHitlerQuotesGodReligion.htm

  • Edwords

    Does a religious landlord have to rent to a couple “living in sin’?

    This is s tricky one.

    Any legal experts out there?

    ( In his mind, this is sinful behavior, and he would be sinning
    to allow it.)

  • Ruth Walker

    Of course! (I lived with my husband in five rentals before we bought a house; nobody ever asked to see a marriage license even before 1968.)

    http://www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/FHLaws/index.cfm

    Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability).

  • Edwords

    Dear Ms.Walker (fellow member of “Bonnie’s Brigade”)

    If “familiar status” covers this situation, why would

    Ms. Kagan call the Cal decision “outrageous”? She

    obviously disagreed.(And she’s no dummy)