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Abercrombie & Fitch to Change ‘Look Policy,’ Allow Hijabs
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Abercrombie & Fitch will change its “look policy” and allow employees to wear hijabs after a three-year legal battle with two Muslim women was settled out of court. Abercrombi ...

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In Baby Veronica Case, Some Evangelicals Side With Adoptive Parents
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

The Baby Veronica case, named for the girl at the center of a contentious child custody dispute, has stirred powerful emotional responses from many groups, including some Christian evangelicals. ...

Richard Dawkins Under Fire for ‘Mild Pedophilia’ Remarks
Originally Posted: 09/10/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s best-known and outspoken atheists, has provoked outrage among child protection agencies and experts after suggesting that recent child abuse scandals have been overblown. ...

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Change is Still Going to Come
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

Looking back over five decades, the evidence is clear that everything has changed. We elected black mayors in the South and fought to end apartheid in South Africa. Nelson Mandela walked out of prison after 27 ...

Conversion Therapy Ban in N.J. Prompts Suit Vow From Conservatives
Originally Posted: 08/20/2013 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Licensed therapists are banned from using conversion therapy to try to change a child’s sexual orientation from gay to straight under a bill Gov. Chris Christie signed Monday, making New Jersey the second stat ...

What Does the World Need More Of? Kid President Celebrates World Humanitarian Day
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

On this World Humanitarian Day, Kid President thinks the world needs more hugs. What about you? On this World Humanitarian Day, Kid President thinks the world needs more hugs. Wh ...

Support Grows for Fired Gay Catholic Schoolteacher
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 5:48pm | Type: Blog

Support for a Roman Catholic high school teacher fired for marrying his same-sex partner continued to grow Monday as the number of people signing an online petition topped 58,000 people. ...

Writer Sees Growing Gay Acceptance Among Mormons
Originally Posted: 08/06/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

he edited with Jeff Laver of Salt Lake City and Johnny Townsend of Seattle. The book features 25 ...

Hip-Hip-Hooray for Belgium!
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

to Belgium. A Belgian citizen  with no supplementary insurance  would have paid only 25-50 percent ...

African Chief Evangelizes About Adult Circumcision
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

In some African countries, tribes have shunned circumcision because it was seen as a Muslim practice or was simply considered primitive. “We thought they were born differently and had to reconfigure the way th ...

Khaipi
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Four questions for Khaipi. Bio: "Khaipi" (real name withheld) is a peace studies pr ...

Pealing Bells to Mark 50 Years Since MLK’s Rousing Speech
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The King Center is urging communities around the world to participate in a bell-ringing ceremony next month to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech. ...

British Government to Investigate Discrimination Against Jews
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

The British government plans to investigate whether other Jews were denied employment benefits after an Orthodox Jew who refused to work on the Sabbath won a landmark appeal. The ...

Reformist Priest Sees Potential Ally in Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

An Austrian priest who’s been banned from speaking at Roman Catholic churches during his three-week U.S. tour said Pope Francis could be an ally in reforming the Catholic Church, but said it will take more tha ...

Five Questions for Transgender Chaplain Cameron Partridge
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

She graduated from all-female Bryn Mawr College in 1995, where she came out as gay and also as a woman called to the priesthood. After college, she graduated from Harvard Divinity School, married her girlfrien ...

Meeting Madiba — An Unlikely Encounter with Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

In 1994, during Bill Clinton’s presidency, I had the honor of meeting President Nelson Mandela in a most unexpected way — just two months after his April inauguration as the first democratically-elected Presid ...

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)
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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 ...