“Laws, we said, are made for the government of actions, and while they cannot interfere with mere religious belief and opinions, they may with practices. . . . Can a man excuse his practices to the contrary because of his religious belief? To permit this would be to make the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land, and in effect to permit every citizen to become a law unto himself.” — Antonin Scalia, Employment Division v. Smith, 1990


Once upon a time

Once upon a time in a mythical land, the men did all the important work, like arguing over competitive sports, or debating what country theirs should fight in a war… while the women did the less important things, like balancing the checkbook, teaching the children and tending the vegetable garden

Ask the oracle…


“If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster.”

“Near the day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky.”

“A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans.” – Hopi prophecy



“I conceive of God, in fact, as a means of liberation and not a means to control others.” – Baldwin, James. Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son. 1961.

“If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.” – Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time. 1963.