commented on Supreme Court Wrap-Up: Did Scalia Just Accidentally Help Marriage Equality?
@2 A license to a private citizen does not come with that requirement, but when that citizen is acting as a representative of a non-church incorporated business it is required. Incorporated businesses get specific and enumerated benefits and protections from the government, also known as "we the people", and in return for those benefits and protections provided by you, me, and everyone else in the country, including gay people, the incorporated business and those who act in its stead must serve all customers alike, no exceptions.
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: A Medievalist Schools Dan On Medieval Attitudes Toward Sex
"And faith, especially in modern radical religion, is a marker of social identity in a way it rarely was in the Middle Ages."
Well, sure, if religious conformity is enforced at the stake, faith is unlikely to be a marker of social identity since there was little public heterogeneity. But if you did deviate from orthodoxy, it sure as hell marked you socially. And while the priesthood has always found ways to express itself sexually, it doesn't mean that medieval societies didn't take "deviant" sexual behavior very seriously. Just taking pre-reformation England for example, there were a lot of men who lost their balls for stepping out of line. "Mutilation" was all too common a punishment for sexual as well as other kinds of misbehavior.
commented on The Federal Government Wants Those Eastern Washington Medical Marijuana Growers in Jail Right Now
@1 What could go wrong? This particular demonstration of human decency might eventually filter down through society, eventually reaching your location at the very bottom of the seventh pit of hell, thereby providing you with some small measure of decency yourself. Still, the guilt you will eventually feel at the way you've treated others all these years might be a little hard on you at first. I'm sure you'll overcome it in the long run, though. I have faith even in your chances of redemption.
commented on Looking for the "Sense to Be Made" in the Charlie Hebdo Massacre
Conflating race with religion is disingenuous. It is morally wrong to satirize race. It is not morally wrong to satirize religion. If you want to make the claim that the comics in question mock believers because they are Arabs or Turks, that's one thing. Substantiate that and you have an argument worth considering. But the comics I saw mocked religious beliefs and like any other philosophy, from objectivism to environmentalism, Islam is fair game for ridicule. Especially when it claims to be the One and Only Truth. Which it most certainly does.