Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Church & State

News about an Amishman, a Wiccan, and an Atheist, which sounds like the start to a bad joke: Ohio is considering a bill that would exempt the Amish from jury duty on the basis of their religious beliefs. (The Amish traditionally do not swear oaths, based on their reading of Matthew 5:33-37. They also shun participation in government to the extent they can.)


The Wiccan is suing a Community College for allegedly refusing to hire her based on her religion.


The Atheist has convinced the City of Chicago to change a recycling effort connected to chipping up old Christmas trees. It's a minor win for a pluralistic society, but nice to see anyway.

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