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Correction of errors on this web site

Errors found & corrected during 2014

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At the start of 2014, our web site contained over 6,300 essays and menus.

During 2014, to date, we ran across the following errors, which we have since fixed:

  • In our essay that discusses various examples of assisted suicide in Canada we made an error in the 1994 entry for Nova Scotia. We accidentally reversed the name of the person who committed suicide with the person who assisted at the same suicide.

  • In our essay titled "Descriptions of Hell in the New Testament" we correctly indicated that "... for sulphur to form a lake, it must be molten." But then we wrote that to be molten it must be above the boiling point of sulfur. In fact, it must be above the melting point and below the boiling point of sulfur. Either way, it would be one uncomfortable place to stay.

  • In our essay titled "Is same-sex marriage inevitable across the U.S.? ..." we referred to the famous 1967 court ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized interracial marriage as "Lawrence v. Texas." That was a different case that legalized consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex,in private, everywhere in the U.S. The case that legalized interracial marriage was actually "Loving v. Virginia."

  • One part of our essay on an initiative by the Oregon Family Council was ambiguous. The Council has set up a new group to give public accommodations a religious exemption from Oregon's human rights legislation.

    Public accommodations are typically retail outlets that deal directly with the general public, such as wedding photographers, wedding cake bakers, hall renters, etc. Human rights legislation is found in many states. It prohibits public accommodations from discriminating against potential customers on the basis of their skin color, race, gender, and often their sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.)

    Such an exemption would enable the businesses to discriminate on religious grounds against its own customers without running the risk of being charged under the human rights legislation. In practice, the conflict often involves the owner of a company wanting to discriminate against lesbians, gays and bisexuals who are planning their wedding ceremony. There may have been as many as a dozen cases across the U.S. during the previous decade in which customers who have been discriminated against have laid human rights charges. The most famous was a wedding photography company in New Mexico called Elane Photography whose owner refused to photograph a commitment service by a lesbian couple. That case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court but was not accepted by the court.

    In the essay, we described how the definition of the term "religious freedom" has been changing in recent years. The traditional meaning of the term involved an individual's freedom of belief, freedom of assembly, freedom of religious speech and writing, freedom to recruit new believers, etc. The new meaning of "religious freedom" is the freedom of individuals to -- on the basis of their religious beliefs -- discriminate against others. The essay listed some examples of religions which had suffered discrimination in the past, like Roman Catholics and Jehovah's Witnesses. It listed Wicca and other Neopagan religions as faith groups who had been discriminated against during the 1980's and early 1990's.

    The ambiguity arose over the mention of religious freedom often involving the recruiting of new members. Wicca. Wicca and other Neopagan religions rarely, if ever, recruit new members into their faith.

Latest update: 2014-MAY-09
Author: B.A. Robinson

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