Court says rights for some, but not others, is unconstitutional

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down California’s Proposition 8, which forbid legal recognition for the marriages of same-sex couples. Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote: Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their [Read More…]

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Poor women’s health as ‘political bargaining chip’

William D. Lindsey is not pleased that his church’s leaders are rallying all their political power in order to avoid providing health care to women: I’m well aware that Planned Parenthood does also provide abortion services in some areas. I’m also well aware that the vast bulk of the services Planned Parenthood provides are not [Read More…]

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The party of Lincoln is not the party of Lincoln

Before I was born, my dad ran for local office and got to speak at a 1960 rally where he introduced the speaker who introduced Republican presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon. Nixon was then vice president, but that’s not the cool part of the story or why Dad is still rightly proud to have shared [Read More…]

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Catholic bishops fight to deny health care to the 98 percent

The 98 percent, that is, of American Catholic women who use contraception. Some 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptive methods banned by the church, research published [in April] showed. [An April 2011] report from the Guttmacher Institute, the nonprofit sexual health research organization, shows that only 2 percent of Catholic women, [Read More…]

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‘Just put yourself in that person’s shoes’

Smarter-than-I-thought people saying smart things: “Miley Cyrus on Marriage Equality and Christianity” Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do — you know, wear the ring on your finger and [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Psalm 137:1-4 By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How could we sing [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

Psalm 137:1-4 By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How could we sing [Read More…]

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Little boys worship a little boy

John Piper is a boy, so John Piper wants God to be a boy. Silly, silly boy. J.R. Daniel Kirk points out that the Bible does not let Christians claim that God is a boy. Sarah Moon notes that folks like Piper don’t seem to know much about women [fixed]. Paul at Disoriented-Reoriented notes that [Read More…]

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