Feb. 12, 2024
A tale of two doggies
Two cases illustrate the difficulty of defining religion for legal purposes: U.S. v. Ballard, where the Court upheld the freedom of a group that claimed to receive divine messages from Saint Germain, and U.S. v. Kuch, where the Court rejected the claim of a group that used psychedelic drugs as sacraments.
I’m a dutiful reader of the New York Times print edition, mainly for the news, opinions, and sports. I glance over the other pages, where I occasionally find some feature of interest.
One such feature is called The Ethicist. A recent column addressed the following inquiry from a reader, who said his “good friend” (yeah, right) had an ethical problem. I’ll call his good friend “Zack.” ...