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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 21, 2011 Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality? (My Take)
QUOTE: Yale New Testament professor Dale B. Martin has noted that today’s "pro-family" activism, despite its pretense to be representing traditional Christian values, would have been considered “heresy” for most of the church’s history.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 02, 2011 Supreme Court rules for anti-gay church over military funeral protests
QUOTE: A Kansas church known for its angry, anti-gay protests at funerals of U.S. troops won an appeal Wednesday at the Supreme Court in a case testing the competing constitutional rights of free speech and privacy. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said that members of Westboro Baptist Church had a right to promote what they call a broad-based message on public matters such as wars.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 18, 2009 Lutherans to Vote on Sexually Active Gay Clergy (On Faith)
QUOTE: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, one of the largest Christian denominations in the country, will decide this week whether to allow gay people in relationships to serve as clergy.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2009 Anglican Sees ‘Two-Track’ Church
QUOTE: Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, said profound differences among the world’s 77 million Anglicans over gay clergy and same-sex unions could divide their church into a “two-track model” yielding “two styles of being Anglican.”
New York Times Mar 31, 2009 On divisive issue of gay clergy, two churches weigh softer stance
QUOTE: Lutherans and Presbyterians may allow local congregations to choose people in same-sex relationships as pastors.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 16, 2008 Beyond Episcopal theological split, a property fight: The Episcopal Church is battling breakaway parishes over who owns the local assets.
QUOTE: On Wednesday, Anglican bishops from around the world gather in Britain to discuss their differences over scriptural interpretation and homosexuality at the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference. But in America, those differences are already ending up in court. The stakes are high. Not only are some of the properties valuable, the legal battle over them is wrenching apart close-knit religious communities. Presbyterians and other denominations are keeping a close eye on the wrangling because they also have conservative congregations that are trying to pull out in response to actions of their denominations.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 06, 2008 District to Settle Bible Suit
QUOTE: The federal suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the People for the American Way Foundation...It argued that the course curriculum...promoted Protestant Christianity and a specific reading of the Bible as a literal historical document.
New York Times Dec 06, 2007 Are big-spending clergy abusing U.S. tax code? Tax exemptions for wealthy media-based ministries lead a senator to ask hard questions.
QUOTE: But church groups and other nonprofits worry that this probe could lead Congress to pass laws that slip into constitutionally protected territory – imposing excessive government oversight on a wide range of churches and other nonprofits.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 07, 2007 Thou Shalt Not Kill, Except in a Popular Video Game at Church
QUOTE: Across the country, hundreds of ministers and pastors desperate to reach young congregants have drawn concern and criticism through their use of an unusual recruiting tool: the immersive and violent video game Halo.
New York Times Sep 19, 2007 Tension as Episcopal bishops meet: Starting Thursday in New Orleans, they'll discuss communion demands over gay issues.
QUOTE: Many are calling it "a watershed moment," as the bishops decide how to respond to requests from global Anglican leaders for "unequivocal assurances" that they will not approve another gay bishop and won't authorize or permit blessing of same-sex unions.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 10, 2007 Prisons Purge Books on Faith From Libraries
QUOTE: The chaplains were directed by the Bureau of Prisons to clear the shelves of any books, tapes, CDs and videos that are not on a list of approved resources. In some prisons, the chaplains have recently dismantled libraries that had thousands of texts collected over decades, bought by the prisons, or donated by churches and religious groups.
New York Times Aug 17, 2007 Advocates Hail Lutheran Act on Gay Clergy Members
QUOTE: The country’s largest Lutheran denomination officially bars openly gay people from the ministry. But... the denomination is urging its bishops to refrain from disciplining gay members of the clergy who are in committed same-sex relationships.
New York Times Jul 11, 2007 Dismay and anger as Pope declares Protestants cannot have churches
QUOTE: Protestant churches yesterday reacted with dismay to a new declaration approved by Pope Benedict XVI insisting they were mere "ecclesial communities" and their ministers effectively phonies with no right to give communion.
Guardian Unlimited May 13, 2007 Jamestown vs. Plymouth: America's Founding Fictions
QUOTE: We prefer [The Pilgrim story] because we like to think that we are descended from a humble and saintly band.... But America's true founding story is much more interesting and much more real.
Washington Post Dec 04, 2006 Episcopal Churches To Vote on Departure: Fairfax Congregations Dismayed by Direction
QUOTE: Two of the country's largest and most historic Episcopal congregations -- both in Fairfax County -- will vote next week on whether to leave the U.S. church on ideological grounds and affiliate instead with a controversial Nigerian archbishop. The decision could lead to a bitter court battle and the loss of $25 million in property.
Washington Post Aug 26, 2006 Clergywomen Find Hard Path to Bigger Pulpit
QUOTE: Whether they come from theologically liberal denominations or conservative ones, black churches or white, women in the clergy still bump against...longstanding limits, preferences and prejudices within their denominations that keep them from leading bigger congregations and having the opportunity to shape the faith of more people.
New York Times Aug 16, 2006 Can Criminals Hide in Churches? On the tradition of religious sanctuary.
QUOTE: Religious institutions in America don't have special permission to harbor criminals or protect them from the government. That hasn't stopped pastors from trying...In 2005, Congress passed a law that gives religious groups a limited right to recruit illegal aliens as church volunteers or missionaries.
Slate Jun 28, 2006 Head of Anglicans Seeks End to Divisions on Gay Clergy
QUOTE: the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church USA is forced either to renounce its 2003 decision to consecrate an openly gay bishop or face expulsion from the communion.
Washington Post Jun 15, 2006 When is a song too religious - even in after-school show?
QUOTE: an 8-year-old student in Frenchtown, N.J., was told that the song she'd selected to perform in the show was too religious....School officials defend the action, saying they don't oppose religious songs but that the lyrics of "Awesome God" cross the line into proselytizing...
Christian Science Monitor Jun 12, 2006 A tighter rein on faith-based initiatives: A court ruling last week against an Iowa prison program insists upon church-state separation.
QUOTE: federal district judgee in Iowa...found that the InnerChange program run by Prison Fellowship Ministries in an Iowa prison was "pervasively sectarian" and that the facts "leave no room to doubt that the state of Iowa is excessively entangled with religion" through the program.
Christian Science Monitor May 19, 2006 5 Professors Quit Religious School: Some Complain of Academic Constraints at Loudoun Institution
QUOTE: Nearly a third of the faculty members at Patrick Henry College in Loudoun County are leaving the school because of what they described as limitations on their academic freedom
Washington Post Feb 10, 2006 Air Force Eases Rules on Religion: New Guidelines Reflect Evangelicals' Criticism, General Says
QUOTE: The Air Force, under pressure from evangelical Christian groups and members of Congress, softened its guidelines on religious expression yesterday to emphasize that superior officers may discuss their faith with subordinates and that chaplains will not be required to offer nonsectarian prayers.
Washington Post Dec 21, 2005 Judge Rules Against 'Intelligent Design': Dover, Pa., District Can't Teach Evolution Alternative
QUOTE: A federal judge barred a Pennsylvania school district yesterday from mentioning "intelligent design" as an alternative to evolutionary theory in a scathing opinion that criticized local school board members for lying under oath and for their "breathtaking inanity" in trying to inject religion into science classes.
Washington Post Nov 19, 2005 IRS Reviews Church's Status: 2004 Antiwar Sermon Sparked Look at Tax Exemption
QUOTE: The Internal Revenue Service is examining the tax-exempt status of a liberal church in Southern California because its former pastor delivered a fiery antiwar sermon that criticized President Bush by name on the Sunday before the 2004 presidential election.
Washington Post Oct 13, 2005 Role of Religion Emerges as Issue
QUOTE: President Bush said yesterday that it was appropriate for the White House to invoke Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers's religion in making the case for her to skeptical conservatives, triggering a debate over what role, if any, her evangelical faith should play in the confirmation battle.
Washington Post Oct 11, 2005 Air Force Withdraws Paper for Chaplains: Document Permitted Proselytizing
QUOTE: ...a 1977 Air Force Academy graduate ...has accused the academy's current leaders of fostering pressure on cadets to convert to evangelical Christianity.
Washington Post Aug 30, 2005 Military Wrestles With Disharmony Among Chaplains
QUOTE: After accusations this summer that evangelical chaplains, faculty and coaches were pressuring cadets at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force yesterday issued new guidelines on respect for religious minorities. In the Navy, evangelical Protestant chaplains are fighting what they say is a legacy of discrimination....
Washington Post Aug 06, 2005 Threat to Divest Is Church Tool in Israeli Fight New York Times May 13, 2005 Air Force Removes Chaplain From Post: Officer Decried Evangelicals' Influence
QUOTE: An Air Force chaplain who complained that evangelical Christians were trying to "subvert the system" by winning converts among cadets at the Air Force Academy was removed from administrative duties last week, just as the Pentagon began an in-depth study...
Washington Post Mar 02, 2005 Take Two Tablets: The Supreme Court picks through the rubble of its Ten Commandments jurisprudence.
QUOTE: ...pair of [Supreme Court--Ed.] cases involving displays of the Ten Commandments on state property. At one level everything appears scholarly and doctrinal. Until you realize that the doctrine is a mess, and the justices are so tangled up in old tests, old glosses on old tests, and new glosses on new tests that they don't even know how to talk about the Establishment Clause cases, much less how to resolve them.
Slate Jun 19, 2004 Vermont Episcopalians' Liturgy for Civil Unions Upsets Conservatives Similarity to Wedding at Issue
QUOTE: The Episcopal Diocese of Vermont unveiled new guidelines Friday for the performance of civil union ceremonies for same-sex couples, sparking a swift denunciation from conservatives in the 70 million-member Anglican Communion, which has been driven by issues related to homosexuality in the past year.
Washington Post Apr 25, 2004 An Infusion of Religious Funds In Fla. Prisons: Church Outreach Seeks To Rehabilitate Inmates
QUOTE: On Christmas Eve, Gov. Jeb Bush (R) rededicated the 30-year-old, minimum-security state penitentiary here as the nation's first entirely "faith-based" prison....some civil libertarians, religious minorities and penal experts question whether it is fair and effective -- let alone constitutional.
Washington Post Apr 04, 2003 Army chaplain offers baptisms, baths
QUOTE: Army chaplain Josh Llano of Houston...sees the water shortage, which has kept thousands of filthy soldiers from bathing for weeks, as an opportunity.
Miami Herald Feb 07, 2003 Textbooks said to 'hide' problems with Islam
QUOTE: "When any dark side [of Islam] surfaces, textbooks run and hide,"
Washington Times Feb 03, 2003 Professor's Snub of Creationists Prompts U.S. Inquiry
QUOTE: ...posted a demand on his Web site that students wanting a letter of recommendation for postgraduate studies "truthfully and forthrightly affirm a scientific answer" to the question of how the human species originated.
New York Times Feb 02, 2003 Congregations Reach Out to Welcome Gays to the Fold
QUOTE: ...an increasing number of churches are taking steps to show that they welcome gays and will treat them as equals in all aspects of congregational life.
Washington Post Jan 31, 2003 The Guilt of the Church: Daniel Goldhagen, the author of A Moral Reckoning, calls upon the Catholic Church to face its legacy of anti-Semitism and its role in the Holocaust
QUOTE: "What must a religion of love and goodness do to confront its history of hatred and harm, and to perform restitution?"
Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly) Oct 24, 2002 A Monumental Issue Puts Two Icons on Trial: 10 Commandments Display at Issue
QUOTE: U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson, who said he would rule by Nov. 18 on whether the monument could remain in the Alabama court building, framed the case in the biggest and boldest terms today, telling attorneys, "The issue here is: Can the state acknowledge God?"
Washington Post Jul 16, 2002 Two Who Queried Pastor's Past Are Forced Off Parish Board
QUOTE: Two members of the governing board of an old-line Episcopal parish in Manhattan have been forced to resign because they raised questions about their pastor's decade-old conviction on charges of possessing child pornography.
New York Times Nov 04, 2001 The Uncomfortable Question of Anti-Semitism
QUOTE: in recent weeks I have been reminded, in ways too plentiful to ignore, about the role Jews play in the fantasy life of the world. Jews were not the cause of World War II, but they were at the metaphysical center of that conflict nonetheless, since the Holocaust was part of Hitler's agenda and a key motivation of his campaign. Jews are not the cause of World War III, if that's what we are facing, but they have been placed at the center of it in mysterious and disturbing ways.
New York Times Nov 02, 2001 Massachusetts Clears Five Witches in Salem Trials
QUOTE: More than three centuries after they were accused, tried and hanged as unrepentant witches on Gallows Hill in Salem, Mass., five women have been officially exonerated by the state.
New York Times Oct 13, 2001 Scholar's Book On Addressing Evil Finds New Life
QUOTE: ...philosophy should seek an explanation of how God might "make good" on evil — that is, not only balancing each individual's suffering with some greater good for that person, as in heavenly reward, for example, but also integrating the experience of evil into each person's relation to God in some way that makes sense.
New York Times Oct 05, 2001 Pacifists, Serious and Otherwise
QUOTE: The true pacifist -- as against, say, someone who uses pacifist words to justify anti-Americanism or the violence of our foes -- subscribes to a stern moral creed.
Washington Post Sep 22, 2001 Thinkers Face the Limits of a Just War
QUOTE: Few moral philosophers except committed pacifists dispute that the United States has just cause to use force in this case. But many emphatically reject the use of the word "war" in anything but a metaphorical sense....The Roman Catholic Church, which starting with St. Thomas Aquinas in the Middle Ages has elaborated its own doctrine of just war, long ago ruled out revenge as a legitimate motive for use of force.
New York Times Sep 14, 2001 God Gave U.S. 'What We Deserve,' Falwell Says
QUOTE: ...Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson... said liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday's terrorist attacks because their actions have turned God's anger against America.
Washington Post Aug 14, 2001 Episcopal Dispute in Maryland Spills Into Federal Court
QUOTE: ...this 303-year-old parish...is in the midst of another struggle for control, one that has pitted a prominent female bishop against a conservative priest who rejects the ordination of women. The dispute has spilled into ecclesiastical and secular courts and divided the small parish.......
New York Times Aug 10, 2001 I.R.A. Offers to Put Arms 'Beyond Use,' to No Avail
QUOTE: ...the Irish Republican Army offered publicly today to put its arsenal of explosives, rifles and mortars "completely and verifiably beyond use."
New York Times Aug 06, 2001 Alabama's Ten Commandments: Why there should be a wall between church and state
QUOTE: Any Hindu, Buddhist or atheist entering the Alabama Judicial Building could rightly be squeamish upon seeing the words "I am the Lord, your God" or "Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy." [Ten Commandments]
MSNBC Jul 27, 2001 Many States Ceding Regulations to Church Groups
QUOTE: ...religious organizations have been seeking and winning exemptions from other areas of the law, from land-use regulations to health requirements, like immunization.
New York Times Jul 10, 2001 Charity Cites Bush Help in Fight Against Hiring Gays: Salvation Army Wants Exemption From Laws
QUOTE: The Bush administration is working with...the Salvation Army, to make it easier for government-funded religious groups to practice hiring discrimination against gay people...
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