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Guest Voices: July, 2012

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 07/31/2012

With Chick-fil-A fight, progressive mayors get their ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ moment

By rolling out unwelcome mat, mayors are also laying down an idea with ominous implications for faith groups.

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald  |  07:30 AM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, G. Jeffrey MacDonald, marriage equality, gay marriage, culture wars

Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 07/30/2012

Episcopal Church promotes the “T” in LGBT equation

The Episcopal Church made history at its 77th triennial General Convention by passing two gender nondiscrimination resolutions.

By Becky Garrison  |  10:10 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Episcopal Church, transgender, General Convention, Christianity

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 07/30/2012

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem: Romney, Israel and the future of peace

From “gaffes” about British preparedness for the Olympic Games to the “capital” of Israel remark, the overarching paradigm for Romney abroad is America as the world’s CEO.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  06:32 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Jerusalem, Israel, Palestinians

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 07/28/2012

Denver pastor: I am teaching not to blame God for Aurora, Colo., shooting

I pray for healing, restoration and that the severed emotional spine of our community would be healed by the hand of the Great Physician.

By Chris Hill  |  02:59 PM ET, 07/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aurora shooting, Colorado theater shooting, James Holmes, Chris Hill, The Potter's House Denver

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 07/28/2012

Keith Ellison on John McCain defending Huma Abedin: ‘I was proud to see him do it’

I’m glad that a diverse group of leaders from across America, including Republicans and Democrats, put their own credibility on the line to defend every American’s right to practice faith freely.

By Keith Ellison  |  02:13 PM ET, 07/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Huma Abedin, John McCain, Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison, Muslim

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 07/28/2012

Combating Islamophobia: At long last, a sense of decency

McCain’s defense of Huma Abedin may inspire others to speak out who have been afraid of being labeled “pro-Muslim.”

By Charles C. Haynes  |  01:34 PM ET, 07/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sen. John McCain, Huma Abedin, Michele Bachmann, McCarthyism

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 07/28/2012

Rediscovering the reasons for our existence

Many are quietly at work rebuilding the spiritual and congregational foundations of the Episcopal Church we love.

By Mariann Edgar Budde  |  12:44 PM ET, 07/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Ross Douthat, Episcopal Church, Christianity

Posted at 08:13 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Faith and HIV/AIDS: Engaging a renewed solidarity to save millions of lives

Every generation faces it own moral dilemma.We have the opportunity to save millions. What will we do?

By Michael Schuenemeyer  |  08:13 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International AIDS Conference, Michael Schuenemeyer

Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Faith and the business of AIDS

No sensible solution omits condoms, but the Catholic hierarchy keeps coming up with labyrinthine justifications for its rejection of condoms in HIV/AIDS care.

By Jon O’Brien  |  07:35 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International AIDS Conference, Jon O'Brien, Catholics

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 07/26/2012

‘Bachmann affair’ against Clinton aide Huma Abedin is a wake-up call

A lesson is that in America today a culture of ignorance and anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry can target Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

By John L. Esposito  |  04:53 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Huma Abedin, Michele Bachmann, Islam, Muslim, John L. Esposito

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 07/26/2012

A dialogue on Huma Abedin

Rabbi David Wolpe reflects in verse on the questions about her faith, family ties.

By Gregory Thomas  |  02:53 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chick-fil-A, National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, Mike Huckabee

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 07/26/2012

The Munich Massacre: Why the 2012 Games should pay tribute to those who died 40 years ago

Forty years after the Munich Massacre, we’re missing a chance to send a powerful message on the unity behind the Games.

By Michael Oren  |  02:40 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  olympics, judaism

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 07/25/2012

Former astronaut Sally Ride and Presbyterian minister Bear Ride: Trailblazing sisters

The Ride family illustrates that faith at its best fosters curiosity, compassion, open minds and hearts.

By Michael Adee  |  10:29 AM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sally Ride, first female U.S. astronaut Sally Ride, outer space, Bear Ride

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Hoping Muslims in Murfreesboro will enjoy some of Ramadan in new mosque

The inclination to smash things that strike us as weird threatens to bury America’s unique freedom.

By David Mason  |  04:21 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee Muslims, David Mason, Muslims in Murfreesboro

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 07/24/2012

A Muslim’s love-hate relationship with Ramadan in July

Dread at having to fast in the summer is the very reason I need to fast the month of Ramadan.

By Hesham A. Hassaballa  |  03:16 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ramadan, holy month of fasting, Hesham Hassaballa

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 07/23/2012

Franklin Graham: Jesus is a model on how the church should respond to HIV/AIDS

We have to warn those who are putting themselves at risk and have compassion for those who are infected.

By Franklin Graham  |  12:21 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AIDS conference, Franklin Graham, Samaritan's Purse, HIV/AIDS

Posted at 10:23 PM ET, 07/22/2012

Obama in Colorado: Reflecting on lives lost and on how Aurora, like Batman’s Dark Knight, will rise

Obama’s visit helps start the healing process in Colorado.

By Paul Asay  |  10:23 PM ET, 07/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  obama, aurora shootings

Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 07/22/2012

Do Americans trust guns more than God?

The politics of gun control will not change until we get a lot clearer that the American trust in guns is a failure of trust in God.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  07:39 PM ET, 07/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aurora shootings, Dark Knight Rises, James Holmes, Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, gun violence

Posted at 07:40 PM ET, 07/20/2012

Eliminating workplace discrimination brings us closer to the values of our nation

Our goal should be to get this legislation passed to greatly expand civil rights protections for the LGBT community while addressing legitimate religious liberty concerns.

By David Saperstein  |  07:40 PM ET, 07/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ENDA, David Saperstein, Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Eulogy for my friend journalist Bill Raspberry

Bill Raspberry was always more interested in what he could learn than in scoring points by climbing up on a moral high horse.

By Susan Jacoby  |  04:11 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  William J. Raspberry, Bill Raspberry, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Teavangelicals are latest incarnation of religious right and Moral Majority cultural movements

Teavangelicals see America’s fiscal crisis through a biblical prism, citing numerous passages in the Bible that clearly view fiscal responsibility as a virtue.

By David Brody  |  01:13 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tea Party, teavangelcials, David Brody, CBN News, Moral Majority, religious right

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Michele Bachmann vs. Huma Abedin: ‘The Ramadan Conspiracy’

For over a billion people worldwide, Ramadan serves as a time for self-reflection, gratitude, charity and atonement. Sounds suspicious, right?

By Arsalan Iftikhar  |  08:56 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  michele bachmann, muslim brotherhood, huma abedin, islam, ramadan

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 07/18/2012

‘God Particle’: We’ve just seen the light

Rabbi David Wolpe reflects in verse on the elusive subatomic particle.

By David Wolpe  |  06:20 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  God Particle, Higgs boson, David Wolpe

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 07/18/2012

Ramadan etiquette guide: How to be a non-Muslim during the holy month

The customs of the Islamic holy month are familiar to its faithful, but what do non-Muslims need to know about the month of fasting?

By Asma Uddin and Shazia Kamal  |  03:59 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ramadan, islam, muslims, fasting

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 07/18/2012

Episcopal churches: Short on politics, sexuality debates and long on Jesus

Our big, public legislative process puts all of our human frailty on display for critics and cynics to gawk at.

By Gay Clark Jennings  |  02:47 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Episcopal Church, General Convention

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 07/18/2012

Can Christianity be revived?

The real issue will not be which churches are conservative and which are liberal, but which are spiritually alive and which are not.

By Sam Lloyd  |  10:22 AM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  episcopal church, ross douthat

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 07/18/2012

Ramadan, a sacred time for reflection, sacrifice to Muslims and appreciation as non-Muslims

This is a prayerful time to consider what a more peaceful world might look like if we’d all prioritize periods of religious or non-religious purification

By Christopher L. Heuertz  |  06:30 AM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ramadan, fasting, Five Pillars of Islam, Muslims

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Presbyterian Church, marriage equality, and a mother’s desires

Minister looks forward to when her son would be able to be married in the eyes of the law, the church, and most importantly, his Creator.

By Patrick Evans  |  06:59 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Presbyterians, General Assembly, same-sex marriage, gay unions, gay rights

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 07/17/2012

Mormons: An all-American success story?

They are an all-American religion in every traditional sense. Why then does suspicion of the faith persist?

By Stephen Mansfield  |  10:22 AM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mormons, lds church, mitt romney

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 07/16/2012

Mormons and non-Mormons alike should regard Businessweek story as harbinger of salvation

The LDS Church —an institution of devilishly clever and hellishly successful economic strategies— is poised to rescue the country from financial ruin.

By David Mason  |  09:49 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mormonism, Mormons, LDS Church, Mitt Romney

Posted at 09:47 PM ET, 07/16/2012

Romney, Obamacare and Mormonism

What Romney does and does not as president (should he get there) will surely be pushed more by politics than by his faith

By David Mason  |  09:47 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mormonism, Mormons, LDS Church, Mitt Romney

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 07/16/2012

Romney’s ‘management’ at Bain: ‘In the beginning was the Word’

Romney has made “management” into a hollow word.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  04:20 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mitt romney, bain capital

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 07/13/2012

On Catholic oath of fidelity: It’s about time

I think it made me a better teacher, more careful to formulate what I taught in an accurate way.

By Bill Erwin  |  06:51 PM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Oath of Fidelity, Arlington diocese, Dicoese of Arlington

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 07/12/2012

“Free stuff”? The message from Romney’s NAACP speech

Affordable health care isn’t a handout, it is a moral responsibility we have in a society.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  05:55 PM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 07/12/2012

Is a catechist Catholic?

To Catholics who accept the teachings of the church (should that really be redundant?), the oath is a welcome return to orthodoxy.

By Matthew J. Franck  |  05:08 PM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 07/12/2012

Cults tell us so much about ourselves

Some groups allow us to reflect on our standards of what we take seriously and what we dismiss.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  |  02:30 PM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mathew Schmalz, Scientology, Legion of Christ, cults

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 07/11/2012

Syria: A horror observed, but is this all the world can do?

Are our international institutions so hamstrung by petty perceptions of national interest that nothing more can be done?

By George Carey, Mustafa Ceric and Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff  |  04:54 PM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, Sarajaveo, World Dialogue Council, Serbia, Bosnia, United Nations, massacres

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 07/11/2012

Mormonism and the cult of name-calling

Are Mormons normal enough that one of them could be trusted to be president?

By D.T. Bell and Ryan Bell  |  01:44 PM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.T. Bell, Ryan Bell, Mormonism, Joseph Smith, Mitt Romney, MormonAmerican.com

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 07/11/2012

Can the ‘God Particle’ lead us to God?

The Vatican’s astronomer says that scientific discoveries point to the creator.

By Guy Consolmagno  |  12:06 PM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  god particle, astronomy, religion science, catholic church

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 07/11/2012

Is Mormonism an experience?

There is a great disconnect between how Latter-day Saints see themselves and then how the world perceives them.

By Stephen Mansfield  |  11:15 AM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mormonism, mormons, faith, politics

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 07/11/2012

Does God have a Higgs boson problem?

Organized religion must show it has enough faith in the existence of God to rise above silly turf wars with science.

By Martha Woodroof  |  10:33 AM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religion, science

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Germany’s ban on circumcisions: Rabbi David Wolpe reflects in verse

Rabbi David Wolpe reflects in verse on the divisive court ruling

By David Wolpe  |  06:33 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  circumcision, Jewish, Judaism, David Wolpe

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Faith-based organizations to make new commitments at London Family Planning Summit

“Family planning is morally laudable in Christian terms,” says one evangelical leader.

By David Olson  |  06:11 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, family planning, London, summit

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 07/10/2012

John Bryson Chane: Interfaith work remains important to protect religious minorities

Christians and Jews who condemn Islam as “violent” need to study own religious texts and history.

By John Bryson Chane  |  04:51 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Bryson Chane, Islamophobia, Coptic, Egypt, interfaith

Posted at 09:15 PM ET, 07/08/2012

John Roberts as Judas? The religion and politics of betrayal.

The term “Judas” is being used in American politics today to describe perceptions of betrayal and counter-betrayal.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  09:15 PM ET, 07/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Supreme Court, John Roberts, health-care law

Posted at 08:07 PM ET, 07/06/2012

Budde: Saddened by prolonged debate of women bishops in the Church of England

The Church of England is stuck, as is Roman Catholic Church, with teachings and practices that are an affront to 50 percent the human population.

By Mariann Edgar Budde  |  08:07 PM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Church of England, Anglican Communion, women bishops, General Synod, Mariann Edgar Budde

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 07/06/2012

America can be brought back to greatness, one life at a time

Our nation is in trouble - in debt and in decline morally. What’s the solution when politics can’t save us?

By David McGee  |  07:32 PM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David McGee, freedom, Declaration of Independence

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 07/06/2012

Dawkins: Don’t need God to be good … or generous

One reason for non-believers’ unpopularity is the widespread belief that you need God in order to be good. Going along with that misconception is further belief that atheists are less generous than religious people, less philanthropic, less likely to donate to charity.

By Richard Dawkins  |  04:06 PM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Richard Dawkins, atheists, non-believers, philanthrophy

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 07/05/2012

Under-regulated global weapons trade undermines peace and security, says Christian leader

U.N. Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty is underway, and the issue isn’t just about national security, but about Christian values as well.

By Kathryn Mary Lohre  |  05:46 PM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Nations, Arms Trade Treaty, national Council of Churches

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 07/04/2012

Rev. Mel White’s ‘Holy Terror’: War being waged against sexual minorities

The paperback edition includes a new introduction, which takes into account, among other current events, the Obama presidency and the rise of the Tea Party Movement.

By Mitchell Gold  |  10:09 AM ET, 07/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holy Terror, Mel White, Tony Perkins, Maggie Galagher

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 07/04/2012

Anderson Cooper’s coming out changes lives

The journalist is a powerful image that you should be loved and valued as a human being, and that image is important.

By Becky Garrison  |  09:39 AM ET, 07/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anderson Cooper, GLAAD, LGBT

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 07/04/2012

Anderson Cooper is Gray!

Thanks Anderson Cooper for standing up and being counted – when it still really does count.

By James Alexander Langteaux  |  09:18 AM ET, 07/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anderson Cooper, James Alexander Langteaux, Gay Conversations with God

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 07/04/2012

Mr. Cooper, welcome to the light!

I don’t know what motivated Anderson Cooper to come out at this time, in this way. But I do know it matters.

By Gene Robinson  |  08:57 AM ET, 07/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anderson Cooper, Bishop Gene Robinson, coming out, gay

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 07/03/2012

Godmother enjoys 24-hour role in non-traditional wedding

I was a solemnizer for a day, but I’ll be a gift-giving godmother forever. Both make my resumé richer.

By Lynn Sherr  |  05:15 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  solemnizer, non-traditional marriages, weddings

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 07/03/2012

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to vote on divestment measure at General Assembly‎

The assembly will vote on a recommendation to divest of its stock in three companies “until they have ceased profiting from non-peaceful activities in Israel-Palestine.”

By The Rev. Gradye Parsons  |  02:46 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) divest, Israelis, Palestinians

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 07/02/2012

Supreme Court’s health ruling: ‘I felt a sense of relief and satisfaction’

I reflected back upon my 20 years in elected office and my deep conviction that every citizen has a right to private health insurance to protect their families from the financial devastation that unexpected illness or injury can cause.

By Bart Stupak  |  12:05 PM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Affordable Care Act, Supreme Court, Obamacare, health-care law

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 07/02/2012

Colorado fires, severe storms, floods and record-setting heat: The summer of hellfire and brimstone?

Biblical images of fire and judgment are needed to draw attention to the criminal neglect of climate legislation by our nation and other nations of the world.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  09:56 AM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  heat wave, storms, Revelation

 

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