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Refusing Service in The Name of Religion is Never Acceptable
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

In Vermont, a country inn declined to provide a wedding reception for a same-sex marriage. In Hawaii, the owner of a bed and breakfast refused a double room to a lesbian couple. Both said providing service wou ...

Gov. Chris Christie, a Catholic, Tiptoes on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

As activists push states to recognize gay marriages, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — conservative Republican governor in a blue state and a 2016 presidential possibility — is walking a fine line between two e ...

Queen Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill in England, Wales
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

England and Wales became the 16th and 17th countries in the world to recognize gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave “royal assent” to a same-sex marriage bill. England and W ...

Vatican’s New Legal Guide Adds Offenses for Abuse, Leaking Documents
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday approved a major overhaul of the Vatican’s criminal laws, introducing specific offenses for child sexual abuse and leaking confidential documents. Pope Fr ...

Gay Marriage Fight Shifts to the States
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

The legal battle over same-sex marriage has shifted from the Supreme Court to state capitals and lower courts as supporters seek to build on their recent victories and opponents hope to thwart that progress. ...

Yeshiva Hit with $380 Million Abuse Lawsuit
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Nineteen former students of a high school run by Yeshiva University, the flagship school of Orthodox Judaism, have filed a $380 million federal lawsuit over what they claim are hundreds of acts of abuse by two ...

Catholic Hospitals at Odds with Bishops Over Birth Control Mandate
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

The organization representing Catholic hospitals across the country says it no longer objects to the Obama administration’s mandate that all employees receive free birth control coverage. ...

African Religious Leaders Reject Obama’s Call to Decriminalize Homosexuality
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders in Africa strongly rebuked President Obama’s call to decriminalize homosexuality, suggesting it’s the reason why he received a less-than-warm welcome during a recent trip to the continent. ...

Struggling Alongside the People of Sudan and South Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

Sudanese turned to the U.S. for a better life not only for themselves but in order to support their family and friends back home, and to advocate for help in stopping genocide, mass atrocities, and human right ...

BREAKING: Morsi Is Out as Egyptian President
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Egypt's military forcefully seized power from President Morsi on Wednesday. Egypt's military forcefully seized power from President Morsi on Wednesday. An emergency mee ...

Yeshiva University’s Norman Lamm Resigns Amid Sex Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

The chancellor and head of the seminary at Yeshiva University, the flagship U.S. school for Orthodox Judaism, resigned his posts on Monday and acknowledged that he had mishandled sex abuse allegations against ...

From the Archives: August 1983
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Liane Rozzell A Deadly 'Snowstorm' ON MARCH 1, 1954, at 6:45 a.m., the U.S. government detonated a ...

Untying the Hands of Justice
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

command to care for the “least of these” (Matthew 25). It’s time for the church to get serious about ...

Mr. Obama, Close Down This Jail!
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

David P. Gushee Guantanamo reminds us of the fragility of constitutional democracy. PUBLIC PRESSURE IS finall ...

The Real Fights Over Gay Marriage are Just Starting
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, while historic, didn’t settle the issue. In fact, they fuel it. The Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, while historic, didn’t se ...

4 Things Religious Conservatives Might Do After High Court Rulings:
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

The twin Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday that further opened the door for gay marriage in the U.S. were not entirely unexpected, and the condemnations from religious conservatives angry at the verdicts were ...

Love is Greater Than Faith
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

The first thing I did when I read the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in the cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8 on Thursday morning was offer a silent prayer. ...

Religious Leaders Divided on Gay-Marriage Decisions
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 3:18pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders from across the country revealed their thoughts on yesterday’s DOMA and Prop 8. decisions. Religious leaders from across the country revealed their thoughts on y ...

Christian Leaders Respond to DOMA Decision
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

“DOMA is dead.” “DOMA is dead.” Such were the chants heard outside the United States Supreme Court yesterday when it was announced that the highest judicial body in the nation ...

ANALYSIS: A Cultural Wave on Gay Marriage Reaches the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 26-page decision Wednesd ...

Waiting for the Courts: Hopes and Fears Over DOMA & Prop 8
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

This week the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down decisions on two significant cases for same-sex marriage: United States v. Windsor (regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA), and Hollingsworth ...

Commentary: Apologies Are Too Late When the Damage Is Already Done
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

After almost 40 years, Exodus International is closing its doors. It was the oldest Christian services group of its kind and a market leader in reparative/ex-gay/sexual orientation change therapy. ...

D.C. Imam Provides Counseling, Weddings, and Prayer Space for Gay Muslims
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

Imam Dayaiee Abdullah never knows how many people are going to show up for Friday prayers. Imam Dayaiee Abdullah never knows how many people are going to show up for Friday prayer ...

Bhutan’s Buddhist Monks Accused of Sexually Molesting Boys
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

The South Asian nation of Bhutan has been rocked by a sexual abuse scandal in which young Buddhist monks molested by older monks fled their monastery and reported the abuse to journalists. ...

Ex-Gay Group Exodus International Shuts Down, President Apologizes
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Exodus International, a group that bills itself as “the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality,” announced late Wednesday that it’s shutting its doors. ...

Supreme Court Marriage Rulings: Anything But Simple
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

If the range of possible Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage this month requires a scorecard, the potential confusion arising from those decisions may demand a manual. If the ra ...

July 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Product

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The LGBT Gap, By Religion
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

We all know that when it comes to the acceptance of LGBT folks, religions differ. But what the religions communicate, and how the people in the pews actually feel, are not the same. ...

Study Says Gays Find Most U.S. Faiths Unfriendly
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

Gay Americans are much less religious than the general U.S. population, and about 3-in-10 of them say they have felt unwelcome in a house of worship, a new study shows. Gay Americ ...

International Criminal Court Dismisses Abuse Claims Against the Vatican
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

A campaign to hold former Pope Benedict XVI responsible for crimes against humanity floundered on Thursday as the International Criminal Court in The Hague threw out a case filed by victims of clergy sex abuse ...

Southern Baptists Condemn Gay Scouts Policy but Won’t Force a Boycott
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

just 2.5 percent of their annual income to local churches. — On health care “rationing”: Baptists ...

Privacy from Rulers: Tents of Ancient Israel, Cell Phones of Today
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Are there any spiritual and religious roots to the notion of personal and household privacy? What does the ancient arrangement of tents in an ancient Israelite encampment have to ...

What Will the Supreme Court Do on Gay Marriage?
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Houston lawyer Mitchell Katine came to the Supreme Court 10 years ago for the final chapter of Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark gay rights case in which the justices struck down state sodomy laws. ...

Both Sides See Gay Marriage as ‘Inevitable’
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

About 72 percent of Americans say legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable,” according to a survey released Thursday. About 72 percent of Americans say legal recogni ...

Jewish Federations Support Egalitarian Space at Western Wall
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

The Jewish Federations of North America announced Monday that its trustees had passed a resolution in favor of a nonsegregated place where men and women can pray and read from the Torah at the Western Wall, th ...

ELCA Lutherans Elect First Openly Gay Bishop
Originally Posted: 06/04/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has elected its first openly gay bishop, the Rev. R. Guy Erwin, to oversee churches in Southern California, four years after the church allowed openly gay men and les ...

Churches Move to Cut Ties to Scouts After Gay Policy Change
Originally Posted: 06/04/2013 - 10:10am | Type: Blog

For the Rev. Ernest Easley, the decision to cut ties with the Boy Scouts was simple. For the Rev. Ernest Easley, the decision to cut ties with the Boy Scouts was simple. The Bi ...

June 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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Does Religious Freedom Report Need More ‘Teeth?'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

Watchdogs say the State Department missed a key opportunity to put teeth into its annual assessment of global religious freedom, which was released by Secretary of State John Kerry Monday. ...

N.J. Priest Faces Judge for Violating Ban on Access to Children
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

clean.” Bail remains at $25,000 with a 10 percent option. The charges will next be presented before ...

Do Americans Really Care How Their Clothes Are Made?
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

job hunt. Others see it differently. Seamstress Asma Akhter, 25, who is no relation to the woman ...

Guatemalans Gain Justice Over ‘Evangelical’ Dictator
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Blog

On May 10, 2013, a Guatemalan court sentenced Rios Montt to 80 years in prison after finding him responsible for deliberate killings by the armed forces of at least 1,771 members of the Maya Ixil population du ...

Take a Stand
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Curt Devine 8 ways to stand against human trafficking. PRAY for freedom for the 27 million people enslave ...

Inspired by Faith
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Curt Devine "I never imagined humanity could be stripped from a person like that." KRISTIN HART pla ...

After Rhode Island, Is Gay Marriage ‘Inevitable’? Conservatives Say No
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — Rhode Island on May 2 became the 10th state to approve same-sex marriage, and the Delaware Legislature holds a key vote on May 9 on the same issue. But Brian Brown, president of the National Orga ...

N.J. Catholics Outraged Over Accused Priest’s Access to Children
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is facing fierce criticism for his handling of a priest who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a co ...

May 2013 Sojourners Magazine
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Gay at A&M: Saying 'Religious Liberty' When We Mean 'Control'
Originally Posted: 05/12/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

The notion of religious liberty has lately conveyed an impoverished attitude toward the common good among Christians. Namely, “we’ll pay for what we like, and won't pay for what we don’t.” ...

Standing with Syrian Refugees
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."  (Matt 25:35-36 NIV) ...