Is Marriage a Religious Doctrine?

Since when is marriage, defined as a union of man and wife, a religious dogma, such that recognition of it is imposition of a religious belief? That’s the argument that some people are making in the wake of Kim Davis’ act of civil disobedience.  They argue that her stance represents an “establishment”of Christianity, and that the…

Thoreau and the “Higher Law”

“I saw that the State was half-witted, that it was timid as a lone woman with her silver spoons, and that it did not know its friends from its foes, and I lost all my remaining respect for it, and pitied it. Thus the State never intentionally confronts a man’s sense, intellectual or moral, but…

Theodore Parker and the “Higher Law”

I did my MA thesis on the Boston Unitarian pastor and abolitionist, Theodore Parker. He was an avid proponent of “civil disobedience,” the idea that men must disobey human laws that conflict with the “Higher Law” of God. Opposing the law requiring the return of fugitive slaves to their masters, he said those who passed…