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Category: Politics

vegas

The marriage licenses are already gender-neutral. Chapel photographers have been practicing shooting two brides wearing white gowns. And an ordained Elvis will be waiting at the end of the aisle. Las Vegas, the land of wedding chapels, is ready for gay weddings. Nevada and Idaho joined the growing number of states where same-sex marriage is…

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real

The conversation got heated on the most recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” when Ben Affleck got into a spirited debate with the outspoken host over radical Islam, reports Rob Shuter of Naughtybutnicerob.com. Author Sam Harris opened up the conversation when he opined, “The crucial point of confusion is that we have been…

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hong-kong

Baptist ministers, Catholic cardinals and Christian students are at the forefront of protests for free democracy in Hong Kong. Among the founders of the ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ movement is Baptist minister Rev Chu Yiu-ming, who has fought for true democracy in Hong Kong for more than 30 years. Ahead of the demonstrations,…

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marriage

This week my denomination, through its executive committee, voted to “disfellowship” a congregation in California that has acted to affirm same-sex sexual relationships. This sad but necessary move is hardly surprising, since this network of churches shares a Christian sexual ethic with all orthodox Christians of every denomination for 2,000 years. One of the arguments…

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Justin Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury has backed military action in Iraq but he also urged British parliamentarians to “face the fact” that for some young Muslims, the appeal of Jihad is great than that of their life in the West. Speaking in the House of Lords on the debate in Iraq, Justin Welby said Islamic State…

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leyla

“I am not ashamed,” a young woman says into a camera. “I am not ashamed.” The woman is Leyla Josephine of Glasgow, and she is a self-described feminist performance artist. She is reading a poem titled “I Think She Was a She” — a poem lauded by The Huffington Post as “unapologetic. … She ardently…

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Mousul

In the part of his Sept. 10 speech on confronting the Islamic State that probably drew the least attention, President Obama mentioned the need to help Christians and other minorities, expelled from cities and villages in northern Iraq, return from where they came. “We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homeland,”…

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euthanasia

Physician-assisted suicide, much like abortion and same-sex marriage, has become something of a cultural bellwether. Support for the right to end your own life indicates that you are a progressive-minded, compassionate person sensitive to the unique feelings and experiences of individuals facing terminal illness or chronic pain. It means you value the right of self-determination,…

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shane

Shane Claiborne has championed non-violent protest, insisting it is the only way to guarantee “genuine, lasting change.” In a piece posted on his Facebook page, Claiborne, who is renowned for speaking publicly on peacemaking and social justice, writes of the power of engaging in non-violent demonstrations and movements. “Nonviolence has the power to expose injustice…

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phil

The moment Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson said to Sean Hannity, that, with regard to ISIS, you have to “either convert them or kill them,” it was obvious that others would pounce on those words and claim that he was no better than ISIS. After all, haven’t these murderous terrorists done this very thing to the…

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pakistan

Pakistan protests are entering their third week, and protestors are reportedly ratcheting up their intensity, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif clings to power. “The whole country is on a knife’s edge right now,” says Bruce Allen of Forgotten Missionaires International (FMI). “It’s gotten fairly violent in the clashes with police, as they’re trying to maintain…

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phil

“Duck Dynasty” patriarch and author of “unPHILtered: The Way I See It,” Phil Robertson, said that the only solution to deal with ISIS is to either “convert them or kill them” on Tuesday’s broadcast of “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. “Convert them or kill them. One or the other … It’s not like a…

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