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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 17, 2012 My Take: The danger of calling behavior ‘biblical’
QUOTE: The fact of the matter is, we all pick and choose. We’re all selective in our interpretation and application of the biblical text. The better question to ask one another is why we pick and choose the way that we do, why we emphasis some passages and not others.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 14, 2012 Christian Group Finds Gay Agenda in an Anti-Bullying Day
QUOTE: The program, started 11 years ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center and now in more than 2,500 schools, was intended as a way to break up cliques and prevent bullying. But this year, the American Family Association, a conservative evangelical group, has called the project “a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools”...
New York Times Feb 23, 2012 White House, State Department condemn Iran on pastor's execution orders
QUOTE: Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian charged with leaving Islam, has received a local trial courts final verdict, according to sources close to his legal team, and may now be executed for leaving Islam....Citing the Iranian constitution, the [US Congressional] resolution "condemns the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran and its continued violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights."
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 13, 2011 Bishops Criticize Tough Alabama Immigration Law
QUOTE: Since June, when Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, signed an immigration enforcement law called the toughest in the country by critics and supporters alike, the opposition has been vocal and unceasing....An Episcopal bishop, a Methodist bishop and a Roman Catholic archbishop and bishop, all based in Alabama, sued on the basis that the new statute violated their right to free exercise of religion...
New York Times 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) May 19, 2011 My Take: Doomsdayers show what’s wrong with all religion
QUOTE: Religion is used by dishonest people who claim to know the way to the one thing humans want most: immortality. To combat fear of death, religious people ignore their intellect, believe the lie, and follow the preacher, usually blindly and sometimes to the point of insanity....He realized that religion is a great way to make tax-free money off the backs of well-meaning people...
CNN (Cable News Network) May 11, 2011 A Rite of Torture for Girls
QUOTE: (Infibulation) is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide, with three million girls mutilated each year in Africa alone... The challenge is that this is a form of oppression that women themselves embrace and perpetuate.
New York Times Apr 04, 2011 Religion Does Its Worst
QUOTE: As for the killing itself — whether by infiltrated Taliban insurgents or not — it was a heinous crime against innocent people and should be denounced throughout the Islamic world, in mosques and beyond... Already, Muslims are victims in 14 percent of religious discrimination cases when they make up 1 percent of the population.
New York Times Feb 05, 2011 Afghan Rights Fall Short for Christian Converts
QUOTE: Such has been Mr. Mussa’s life since his arrest for converting to Christianity nine months ago in a case that illustrates the contradictions — and limits — of religious freedom in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s Constitution, established in 2004, guarantees that people are “free to exercise their faith.” But it also leaves it open for the courts to rely on Shariah, or Islamic law, on issues like conversion.
New York Times Jan 27, 2011 Ugandan Who Spoke Up for Gays Is Beaten to Death
QUOTE: Many Africans view homosexuality as an immoral Western import, and the continent is full of harsh homophobic laws. In northern Nigeria, gay men can face death by stoning. In Kenya, which is considered one of the more Westernized nations in Africa, gay people can be sentenced to years in prison.
New York Times Dec 02, 2010 My take: Where's the outrage over Noah's Ark park?
QUOTE: I write not to raise First Amendment questions about elected officials transforming themselves into self-appointed curators, but to ask whether these officials are really concerned (as they claim) about the use of taxpayer funds to weigh on matters of the spirit....Are you equally outraged over millions in tax breaks to a group promoting fundamentalism?
CNN (Cable News Network) May 21, 2010 Texas school board hears from critics of social studies changes
QUOTE: ...McLeroy has argued that the revisions provide balance to a set of standards that did not initially paint America in a positive light. Both liberals and conservatives on the board have called the changes "political" -- but they have disagreed on whether that was a bad thing.
Washington Post Apr 30, 2010 How Much to Donate? God Knows
QUOTE: If we’re going to try to set standards that might offer guidance for us all, shouldn’t we look not just at what people earn but what they have? Once you do, it suggests a whole new way of thinking about what to give and a couple of ways to donate higher amounts more easily.
New York Times Apr 18, 2010 Supreme Court to consider case against California law school
QUOTE: The college, which requires officially recognized student groups to admit any Hastings student who wants to join, may be well-meaning, says the student outpost of the Christian Legal Society. But the group contends that requiring it to allow gay students and nonbelievers into its leadership would be a renunciation of its core beliefs...
Washington Post Sep 29, 2009 The Old Secular Cross?: High Court to Consider Church-State Implications of Mojave Cross
QUOTE: If the court reaches the constitutional issues at hand, (of the Mojave Cross) all sides agree it could provide clarity to the court's blurry rules on church-and-state separations. It could also carry important implications for the fate of war memorials around the country that feature religious imagery
Washington Post Sep 10, 2009 Many Women Targeted by Faith Leaders, Survey Says (On Faith)
QUOTE: One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, a survey released Wednesday says.
Washington Post Aug 03, 2009 'They Want to Destroy Christians' Spasm of Religious Violence Leaves a Pakistani Minority in Mourning, Frustration
QUOTE: Killing has become commonplace in Pakistan. But this attack [in Gojra] startled the country both for its ferocity and for its stark message to religious minorities.
Washington Post Jul 23, 2009 Programs' Religious Ties Raise Concerns
QUOTE: The U.S. Agency for International Development funded programs that rebuilt Iraqi mosques and used biblical lessons to promote sexual abstinence in Africa, despite a prohibition on the use of taxpayer funds to support "inherently religious activities,"...
Washington Post Jul 02, 2009 Activists Work to Show Gays Are Not Anti-Religious: A recent poll shows many gay Americans lead robust faith lives
QUOTE: A Barna Group survey out last week shows that most gay Americans lead pretty robust faith lives.
US News & World Report Jan 18, 2009 Marriage Ban Donors Feel Exposed by List
QUOTE: dotting the online display are thousands of red arrows... identifying the addresses of donors who supported Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California. It is exactly those arrows that concern supporters of the measure, who say they have been regularly harassed since the election...
New York Times Jul 28, 2008 Internal Justice Dept. Report Cites Illegal Hiring Practices
QUOTE: An extensive report by the department's Office of the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility concluded yesterday that Goodling and others had broken civil service laws, run afoul of department policy and engaged in "misconduct," a finding that could expose them to further scrutiny and sanctions. The report depicted Goodling as a central figure in politicizing employment decisions at Justice during the Bush administration.
Washington Post Jul 08, 2008 Atheist soldier sues Army for 'unconstitutional' discrimination
QUOTE: In March, Hall filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, among others. In the suit, Hall claims his rights to religious freedom under the First Amendment were violated and suggests that the United States military has become a Christian organization.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 08, 2008 Saudi king set to lead rare interfaith talks in Spain: The three-day conference of religious leaders will start July 16 in Madrid.
QUOTE: Not only is Saudi Arabia the birthplace of Islam, but it also is the wellspring of an austere, exclusivist version of Sunni Islam. Sometimes called Wahhabism, it bans the open practice of other faiths in the kingdom and tends to reject inter-religious dialogue with non-Muslim "infidels." Ever since the kingdom experienced its own terrorist attacks in 2003-04, however, Abdullah and other officials have been stressing a more moderate, tolerant expression of their faith, sometimes over opposition from hard-liners in the religious establishment.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 24, 2008 Evangelist accuses Obama of 'distorting' Bible
QUOTE: In comments aired on his radio show Tuesday, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson criticized the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for comments he made in a June 2006 speech to the liberal Christian group Call to Renewal. In the speech, Obama suggested that it would be impractical to govern based solely on the word of the Bible, noting that some passages suggest slavery is permissible and eating shellfish is disgraceful.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 30, 2008 Marine in Iraq Suspended Over Coins Quoting Gospel
QUOTE: criticized U.S. troops, whom many in the city view as occupiers, for acting like Christian missionaries. He said the coins were part of a pattern of insensitivity toward Muslims, citing the outcry this month over a U.S. sniper in Baghdad who used a Koran, Islam's holiest book, as a target for practice.
Washington Post May 20, 2008 Hybrid Embryo Research Endorsed
QUOTE: Hundreds of British scientists and medical organizations support the process and say it is necessary because of a shortage of human eggs and embryos for research. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, a leading figure in the Catholic Church, had described the research as a "monstrous attack on human rights, human dignity and human life." He said the bill would allow experiments of "Frankenstein proportion."
Washington Post May 08, 2008 Faith groups mount campaign against torture: They're protesting Bush administration policies. But polls show Americans are split on the issue.
QUOTE: More than 175 religious organizations have joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). Their aim is to build a moral consensus among Americans on the issue and to bring government policies in line with US law and international norms.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 28, 2008 School Board to Pay in Jesus Prayer Suit
QUOTE: At [her daughter's] high school graduation in 2004, a minister’s prayer proclaiming Jesus as the only way to the truth nudged [a local woman] to ask the school board to consider more generic and less exclusionary prayers...As news of the request spread, many local Christians saw it as an effort to limit the free exercise of religion, residents said.
New York Times Jan 16, 2008 U.S. religious freedom is being eroded, advocates say: Misconceptions and ignorance are weakening the Constitution's 'first freedom.'
QUOTE: "A great many Americans don't define religious liberty as a universal right for everyone,"...a weakening in federal courts in recent years of the First Amendment provisions relating to religion, a development that could endanger the rights of minority faiths.
Christian Science Monitor 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 Nov 20, 2007 Are Scientists Playing God? It Depends on Your Religion
QUOTE: Asia offers researchers new labs, fewer restrictions and a different view of divinity and the afterlife. In South Korea, when Hwang Woo Suk reported creating human embryonic stem cells through cloning, he did not apologize for offending religious taboos. He justified cloning by citing his Buddhist belief in recycling life through reincarnation.
New York Times Nov 14, 2007 One warden's way of instilling hope behind bars: The prison at Angola, La., has gone from being one of history's meanest lockups to one of the most peaceable high-security prisons in America.
QUOTE: Some 1,000 Angola inmates are the beneficiaries of Warden Burl Cain's faith-based system of earned privileges that, in the past decade, has turned Angola from one of history's meanest lockups into one of the most peaceable high-security prisons in America.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 07, 2007 Senator Questioning Ministries on Spending
QUOTE: Senator Charles E. Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent evangelistic ministries to determine whether they have illegally used donations to finance opulent lifestyles.
New York Times Nov 05, 2007 2,000-Year-Old Christian Community in Iraq Gains a Spiritual First in Baghdad
QUOTE: Iraq’s Christians have fared poorly since the toppling of Saddam Hussein, whose government treated them well, needing their support. They have been persecuted primarily by Sunni Arab extremists, who brand them apostates and in some areas have bombed their churches and burned their homes.
New York Times Nov 04, 2007 A Battle Rages in London Over a Mega-Mosque Plan
QUOTE: This summer on the Web site of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, more than 250,000 critics of the proposed mosque supported a petition initiated by a backer of the conservative British National Party. Some of them said a large mosque had no right to exist in such a prominent place in a Christian country.
New York Times Oct 11, 2007 Professors Sue Oral Roberts President
QUOTE: A suit filed by three former professors charges financial, political and personal irregularities by the president of Oral Roberts University, including a claim that he illegally mobilized students to campaign for a Republican mayoral candidate.
New York Times 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 Oct 06, 2007 Christian Split in Lebanon Raises Specter of Civil War
QUOTE: Christian youth are signing up for militant factions in the greatest numbers since the end of the civil war, spray painting nationalist symbols on walls and tattooing them on their skin, and proclaiming their willingness to fight in a new civil war — in particular, against fellow Christians.
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 Sep 03, 2007 Freed Koreans Are Contrite Amid Growing Criticism
QUOTE: They face a nation relieved that the volunteers had been freed, but also increasingly angry at their decision to travel to Afghanistan despite government warnings, and at what many here consider overzealous proselytizing by South Korean churches.
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 Jul 07, 2007 Faith Intertwines With Political Life for Clinton
QUOTE: Her Methodist faith, Mrs. Clinton says, has guided her as she sought to repair her marriage, forgiven some critics who once vilified her and struggled in the bare-knuckles world of politics to fulfill the biblical commandment to love thy neighbor .... [her] references to faith, though, have come under attack...
New York Times May 25, 2007 Army and Air Force Deny Formal Links To Christian Event
QUOTE: A Washington-based advocacy group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, sent letters yesterday...contending that the military's extensive cooperation in the [evangelical Christian] event would be unconstitutional.
Washington Post May 23, 2007 Indian laws put Christian missionaries on defensive: Proponents of religious freedom are criticizing Indian laws against forced conversion.
QUOTE: there have been fears, even within India's Christian minority, that an expansionist evangelical movement is proslytizing too aggressively among India's poorest people. But recently, these concerns have been used to justify a number of violent attacks on missionaries, and an increase in controversial anticonversion laws.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 19, 2007 Bishops look at fleecing of flocks
QUOTE: The past year saw several cases where clerics were accused of stealing from their faithful. Some churchgoers say the thefts result from putting too much trust in one person and say more oversight is needed to stop it.
USA TODAY Dec 10, 2006 Religion for a Captive Audience, Paid For by Taxes
QUOTE: Since 2000, courts have cited more than a dozen programs for having unconstitutionally used taxpayer money to pay for religious activities or evangelism aimed at prisoners, recovering addicts, job seekers, teenagers and children. Nevertheless, the programs are proliferating.
New York Times Oct 26, 2006 Paths to Forgiveness - Mercy vs. justice as Liberia heals itself: Liberia's new Truth and Reconciliation Commission seeks a balance between punishment and forgiveness.
QUOTE: they debate such issues as how to help victims of war testify in public - and whether to subpoena warlords-turned-members of parliament. Meet the members of Liberia's new Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Theirs is the latest of the 30-plus truth commissions held around the world since 1974, including South Africa's, which famously charted a healing path for its postapartheid nation.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 19, 2006 Muslim scholars write the pope - and everyone else
QUOTE: Thirty-eight Muslim scholars from 20 countries sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI urging mutual tolerance and respect over the weekend, and 500 prominent Muslims signed a religious ruling rejecting violence against civilians on Tuesday. Neither got much publicity. But when Al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, issues his latest bloodcurdling threat it dominates the airwaves.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 08, 2006 In God’s Name: Secular Laws Cede to Religious Exemptions
QUOTE: In recent years, many politicians and commentators have cited what they consider a nationwide “war on religion” that exposes religious organizations to hostility and discrimination. But such organizations — from mainline Presbyterian and Methodist churches to mosques to synagogues to Hindu temples — enjoy an abundance of exemptions from regulations and taxes. And the number is multiplying rapidly.
New York Times
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