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On religion, North Carolina boldly goes where the Constitution forbids

Across the decades of my ministry and advocacy to protect religious freedom, I have heard and seen it all: fanciful … Continued

Gay marriage opponents make their case to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Foes of same-sex marriage are warning the Supreme Court that lifting state or federal restrictions would threaten their … Continued

The Muslim world needs a ‘women’s uprising’

While the rest of the world enters a new year, the Arab world is stuck in some archaic ways of … Continued

On gay marriage, voters got it right even if the church gets it wrong

Last week, citizens in Maine, Maryland and Washington state made history with their votes to legalize same-sex marriage. Minnesotans, too, … Continued

Washington gay marriage fight has money, ‘daunting’ odds

SEATTLE — In the headquarters of Washington United for Marriage, a large collage displays a list of the high-powered sponsors … Continued

After gay marriage ban, what comes next?

RALEIGH, N.C. — The people of North Carolina voted Tuesday (May 8) to amend their constitution to ban same-sex marriage. … Continued

In North Carolina after Amendment One, ‘Let the wild rumpus start’

AP AP As North Carolina voted in Amendment One, the world remembered Maurice Sendak, author of “Where the Wild Things … Continued

United Methodist’s God-given call to inclusion

Amanda Sowards AP The cross in front of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church’s sunrise Easter service where more than 700 … Continued

How Romney should talk about religion

Michael Conroy AP Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves after speaking at the National Rifle Association convention … Continued

The great atheist ‘coming out’

Emerging ideas tend to go through three phases. First they are considered so dangerous or odd that people won’t talk … Continued

For Tyler Clementi, ‘hate the sin, love the sinner’ not enough

There is an unspoken narrative surrounding the life and suicide of Tyler Clementi and other similar stories. It must no … Continued

N.J. governor defends remarks on civil rights

TRENTON, N.J. — Even though a famous civil rights leader came to Trenton to scold him, Gov. Chris Christie unapologetically … Continued

“I No Longer Call You Slaves”: The Healy Brothers

By Pat McNamaraAuthor and Patheos Expert By any standard, the Healys were an impressive family. Michael, the father, was an … Continued

Religious leaders should promote marriage for all

A new survey out this week from the National Marriage Project shows that marriage is an institution in decline in … Continued

Same-sex marriage is a fundamental right

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino is far from alone in his bluntly stated opposition … Continued

Biblical religion the only–and illegitimate– basis for anti-gay laws

“Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians.” “Moral disapproval alone … Continued

It’s marriage – no adjectives needed

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

Atheists in office: Déjà vu all over again

I’m reminded of my South Carolina experience when I hear that some folks in Asheville, North Carolina want to remove … Continued

Marriage and discrimination

JUST LAW AND RELIGION Michael Kessler This week, Keith Bardwell quit his post as Justice of the Peace for the … Continued

Catholics and Racism

I don’t know if I agree with the “coward” part of his statement, but Attorney General Eric Holder’s concern for … Continued