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Protest At Hobby Lobby

(7.5) Protesters will be calling for a boycott of Hobby Lobby this Saturday at the Warwick store. Steve Ahlquist has the details at RI’s Future. Adding to the outrage of this decision by the all-Catholic, all-male, court majority, we are shocked . . . shocked

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Segal Opinion Piece At Politico On Aaron Swartz Case

David Segal has written an excellent piece at Politico “What killed Aaron Swartz?” summarizing the circumstances surrounding Swartz’s suicide and bringing us up to date on the case. The news regarding the Justice Department is depressing as always. Dave highlights one detail, the importance of

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Jessica Ahlquist Explains The First Amendment

Attention Cranston Mayor Fung: Watch this show, you might learn something. Then apologize to Jessica Ahlquist. PBS is running a 4-part series, Tuesdays at 9pm, Constitution USA with Peter Sagal — “Traveling across the country by motorcycle, Sagal is in search of where the Online

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I Know Plumbing When I See It

So the Maccabees were card-carrying members of Pipefitters International. Who knew? By the time this menorah showed up in the state house rotunda everybody was so sick and tired of the endless tree discussion that we all just sighed and let it go. However, my

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How Do You Say ‘Christmas Tree’ In Aramaic?

So we are back to the tree-lighting discussion (ProJo 11.28.12). Governor Chafee had hoped to avoid the whole mishegas by not having an official lighting ceremony, but nooooo, out came the usual suspects. For one, we have roused that cynical demagogue and “Devout Catholic” Bill

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Another Pleasant Valley Sunday

Yeah, this has gotta go. I’m inclined to condemn this installation solely on its egregious aesthetic shortcomings, but there are larger issues at stake. This right here is a perfect example of why we shouldn’t be privatizing the municipal function of maintaining public median strips

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“Forced Worship Stinks In God’s Nostrils”

So wrote Roger Williams on June 22, 1670 in a letter to Connecticut Governor Thomas Prence. Sophisticated theologians get this totally . . . then there’s Doreen Costa. Kudos to Steve Ahlquist for his well-reasoned assessment of the current “holiday tree” nonsense  in yesterday’s ProJo.

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NOM Defector Speaks Out

“I remember verbally asking myself, why am I here?” Thus began NOM member Louis Marinelli’s gradual but inexorable shift, from working against marriage equality through the nation’s highest-profile activist group, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to abandoning that group to instead work for democratic equality.

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Coolest Kid At Cranston West

And smarter and more articulate than many of the adults connected to this story. According to the Providence Journal, the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of sophomore Jessica Alquist seeking the removal of a prayer banner from

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Open Studios: Pawtucket

On Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26 from 11 am and 5 pm, over 80 artists will be welcoming the public into their studios during open studios : pawtucket. Their studios are located in five historic mill buildings in Pawtucket — Blackstone Studios, Riverfront Lofts, Lorraine Mill,

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Net Neutrality — We’re For It

Not a good month for the First Amendment. The New York mosque story should have been a non-starter but the usual suspects, with assistance from the lazy news outlets, are whipping it up out of all proportion. But this ‘Net Neutrality’ issue has serious ramifications.