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Vatican Gets Behind Adult Stem Cell Research
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

Wading into one of the most controversial fields of modern medicine, the Vatican is pushing adult stem cell research as ethical and scientifically more promising than embryonic stem cell research. ...

Irish Abortion Debate Reflects Growing Church-State Tensions
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Most European countries allow abortion on demand during the first trimester, but in Ireland, where there is still a palpable struggle between Catholic influence and an increasingly secular state. In many ways, ...

Across the Board, Peace
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 4:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Jim Balmer Jim Balmer is an antiwar activist whose commitment to no ...

Real-World Solutions
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Magazine Article

while 33 percent say it should be legal; 84 percent of evangelicals ages 18 to 30 say they would ...

Abortion Foes Debate Best PR Approach
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

When thousands of abortion opponents gather Friday on the National Mall for their annual protest march, they will be united in their fierce passion for ending a procedure that the Supreme Court legalized 40 ye ...

Poll Shows A Double Standard on Religious Liberty
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

Half of Americans worry that religious freedom in the U.S. is at risk, and many say activist groups — particularly gays and lesbians — are trying to remove “traditional Christian values” from the public square ...

40 Years After Roe v. Wade, How Do Americans Really Feel About Abortion?
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

In the past four decades, American attitudes have changed markedly on gay marriage, smoking, bullying, and a host of other cultural issues. In the past four decades, American atti ...

The Abortion Debate: We’re All in This Together
Originally Posted: 01/22/2013 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

This is a memorable week: on Monday the inauguration of President Obama on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and today, the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. Some p ...

40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Abortion Roes Are Winning — And Losing
Originally Posted: 01/17/2013 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

Four decades after Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, many opponents of the decision are in a celebratory mood while those backing abortion rights are glum, feeling that mo ...

New Generation Takes up March for Life as Roe v. Wade Turns 40
Originally Posted: 01/16/2013 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

After Nellie Gray’s death in August at age 88, a woman less than half her age will take up the cause to lead marchers from the National Mall to the Supreme Court on Jan. 25 to protest the 40th anniversary of R ...

10 Incredible Submissions to #26Acts of Kindness
Originally Posted: 12/20/2012 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Over the past few days on Twitter, NBC’s Ann Curry has almost single handedly popularized #26Acts, an initiative asking people to do 26 acts of kindness in honor of the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn. shootin ...

A Call to Arms
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Sadly, this country left the crossroads some time ago. We have passed the tipping point, and are rapidly descending into the abyss of chaos when it comes to respect for human life. ...

‘Are You My Mother?’ Sometimes, There’s No Easy Answer
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 8:16pm | Type: Blog

In a classic 1960 children's book, a baby bird toddles up to one critter after another asking, "Are you my mother?" For some babies today, there's no simple answer — biologically or legally ...

PHOTO ESSAY: 'Pro-Life' Redefined
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey People of all stripes are redefining what it means to be “pro-life” by upholding a consistent ethic of life—from womb to tomb. Take conservative luminary Richard Vigu ...

Four Reasons to Rethink the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Across the political and religious spectrum, Americans are rethinking the death penalty. Here are some reasons why: Mistakes. In January 2012, Joe D'Ambrosi ...

Gandalf, Gollum, and the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Theological considerations should frame the Christian response to capital punishment. EARLY I ...

Trials and Errors
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:04pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Among democratic nations, the United States has the highest death penalty rate in the world. As the only G8 country to regularly use capital punishment, the United St ...

Who Would Jesus Execute?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Richard Viguerie Jim Wallis interviews Richard Viguerie, a law-and-order co ...

It's Time to End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Attitudes toward capital punishment are changing, including among conservatives. I AM AGAINST the ...

Discerning Justice: Yes on 34
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds of faith community’s have endorsed Proposition 34 because we believe the best way to do justice in California is to replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole. ...

DNA Experiment Yields Great Promise, High Ethical Risks
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

PORTLAND, Ore. – Future generations could be stripped of mutations such as hereditary blindness or maternal diabetes, after a breakthrough study at Oregon Health & Science University. ...

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eric and Ruth Brown believe nothing about daughter Pearl Joy's life is a mistake. They say God gave Pearl her bright red hair and wide blue eyes, as well as the genetic disorder that c ...

Oregon Dentist Fined for Pressuring Employee to Attend Scientology Seminar
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

State labor officials have ordered a dentist to pay nearly $348,000 to settle allegations that he threatened to fire a dental assistant unless she attended a Scientology-related training session. ...

Tony Perkins says Enthusiasm Growing for Romney, Predicts Record Turnout
Originally Posted: 09/13/2012 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Sept. 12 that conservative Christians are growing more enthusiastic about GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and predicted they would show up at the polls ...

Conservative Christian Leaders Focus on Romney’s Policies, Not Faith
Originally Posted: 09/12/2012 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

More than two dozen Christian conservatives are trying to put theological debates about presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormonism to rest by focusing on the policies outlined in the GOP's new na ...

COMMENTARY: It’s Time for Baby Boomers to Cede Control
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

As baby boomers start clicking the senior citizen box on travel fares, I want to say a word to my generation and to the one that preceded us. It is time for us to get out of the way. ...

Evangelicals Seek a Future for Thousands of Frozen Embryos
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Conservative Christians have long joined hands to oppose abortion, often following the lead of the Roman Catholic Church. But evangelicals are leading the charge in adopting embryos, and encouraging people who ...

Ending the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Eric DeBode A California measure would fight crime—and deficits—by repealing capital punishment. IN NOVEMBER, ...

Transgender Killings Reflect Deeper Injustice
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

For the second time in Chicago this year, the life of a gender-variant young person of color was lost to violence. For the second time in Chicago this year, the life of a gender-v ...

Book Review: 'No Easy Choice'
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

Ellen Painter Dollar does not say yes or no in "No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction," but she tells the truth. In a book that is part memo ...

Sandusky Charity Transfers $2 Million to Christian Group
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

A Christian foster care organization has been tapped to take charge of $2 million in assets from the troubled charity run by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is on trial for multi ...

Affordable Care Act: What Could Happen?
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

CNN examines some of the possible outcomes of the Supreme Court's imminent decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. CNN examines some of the poss ...

When a Mother Bleeds to Death, a Nation Bleeds
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

$60 million. That’s what it would take to hire enough medical workers to meet Uganda’s needs. Stories like this one remind me that listening to women’s voices can be a matter of ...

Host of Catholic Groups Sue Over Contraception Mandate
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

As reported by  Alan Duke  for the  CNN Belief Blog : The University of Notre Dame and "a diverse group of plaintiffs" filed lawsuits Monday challenging the federal mandate that religious employers offer health insurance that incl ...

Vatican Newspaper Says Nazi Eugenics ‘Still Alive’
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Proponents of euthanasia and aborting chronically ill fetuses use the same arguments that were once used by the Nazis to promote their eugenics program of mass extermination, according to the Vatican's se ...

Having the Sisters' Back
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: SojoMail

April 26, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "For years, we dreamed of America, but now that dream is no good. There are no jobs and too many problems. We don't want to go." - Pedro Morales, 18 ...

Having the Sisters’ Back
Originally Posted: 04/26/2012 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

After an official investigation, the Vatican seems pretty upset with the Catholic Sisters here in the United States. After an official investigation, the Vatican seems pretty upse ...

Evangelicals Say It’s Time for Frank Talk About Sex
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

Eighty percent of young evangelicals have engaged in premarital sex, according to a new video from the National Association of Evangelicals. and almost a third of evangelicals’ unplanned pregnancies end in abo ...

Hope, Caught on Film
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Last week, anonymous U.S. officials told the media that the U.S. military wouldn't stop the drone-launched missile attacks, which they have been carrying out for years within Pakistan. ...

The War on Religion is Bad for Religion
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Continuing the talking point of a “war on religion” might be good for political fundraising, but it is bad religion. I’m not a fan of calling things wars that aren’t really wars. ...

Humanae Vitae: Catholic Birth Control Decree Remains Controversial
Originally Posted: 02/12/2012 - 5:53pm | Type: Blog

Some say Pope Paul VI predicted the dangers of loosening sexual morals: widespread divorce, disease and promiscuity. Others say he cracked open a culture of dissent that has seeped into every corner of the chu ...

Christians Join Fight Against Cockfighting
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Christian leaders are teaming with animal rights advocates to fight against cockfighting, calling the practice of watching and betting on roosters who fight to the death antithetical to biblical values. ...

Two-Thirds of Americans Say They're Both: "Pro-Life" AND "Pro-Choice"
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

abortion and same-sex marriage." According to the survey, Americans ages 18-29 (a.k.a., ...

EPA’s New Mercury and Air Toxics Standards = Breath of Fresh Air
Originally Posted: 01/03/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

After 20 years of opposition from the coal industry, the Environmental Protection Agency has released the first national standards for mercury and air toxin pollution. After years ...

What's Wrong With Capital Punishment
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger No one could stop Troy Davis' execution -- despite his apparent innocence. THE STATE O ...

Oregon Announces Moratorium on the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Yesterday Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced a moratorium on all executions in the state Yesterday Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced a moratorium on all executions in the ...

So, about those "Evangelicals..."
Originally Posted: 11/08/2011 - 6:22pm | Type: Blog

Below is a compilation of recent media reports where the word "evangelical" is invoked. When you read these, evangelical brothers and sisters, do you recognize yourself in how the word is used and de ...

Are Millennials Conflicted About Morality?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:55pm | Type: Blog

Institution in Washington, D.C. The most intriguing age group in the study are Millenials, ages 18 to 29. ...

Friday Links Round Up: Awesome people. Vegetarians. Going mute.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:41pm | Type: Blog

Acts 2:8,18 )." Have a great weekend. Jeannie Choi is web editor ...

An Alternative to Abortion: Imagine the Story We Can Live Out
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

of 18 and learning the story of his biological mother who turned away from the option of an abortion. Gowe told me, "Ever since I discovered that I was adopted (at the age of 18), I've always ... her You see shes 18, and shes a bit conscious About her dress and the reflection of her own image ...