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The Islamophobia Dodge of the Religious Freedom Pledge

…um’s endorsement of Muslim profiling, he told me that “we’re happy to discuss the pledge, but not to comment on individual candidates’ stance on issues. We’re not experts in each candidates stance or statements on every issue. We do want candidates to pledge to upholding religious freedom for people of all faiths which of course includes Muslims.” But when I asked Dykstra if I could interview an Open Doors representative about the pledge in light…

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Talking Prop. 8: Of Rites and Rights

…nt landmark case to watch. I’d like to start out by asking Candace to discuss how religion has been a powerful obstacle for gays and lesbians, and to think about the implications surrounding Judge Walker’s discussion of gender roles. Peter Laarman will follow by discussing Judge Walker’s assertion that the belief in the difference (and inferiority) of same-sex couples is a belief formed solely by religious and moral ideas and will also comment on…

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Federal Judge Declares Prop. 8 “Unconstitutional”

…his decision that the ban is unconstitutional, violating both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment : Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has n…

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About That “Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage”

…of far too many others, these self-styled civil rights champions liken a possible Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality to the Dred Scott decision. That’s right, while young, black, unarmed men are disproportionately brutalized by law enforcement, these defenders of “life” compare the dehumanization of black people to some imagined infringement of their rights should gays and lesbians be granted the right to get married. “We will vi…

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Gay Judge’s Prop. 8 Decision Holds

…hat rendered him incapable of making an impartial decision, is as warrantless as the presumption that a female judge is incapable of being impartial in a case in which women seek legal relief. The move by ProtectMarriage.com was an obvious Hail Mary attempt to get the ruling nullified. Their reaction has been pretty typical—now training their sights on Judge Ware—pointing to a story that the judge “misrepresenting himself as the brother of a boy k…

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Not a ‘Weenie-A** Lodge’: James Ray Trial Begins

…guru and author James Ray, prosecutor Sheila Polk played tapes of Ray discussing with participants the sweat lodge they were about to encounter—some for the first time. This is not a “weenie-ass lodge,” Ray was heard to say on the tapes, a statement he apparently held fast to as one participant passed out and fell and burned his arm on the red-hot stones. Ray asked him to come back into the lodge to finish the sweat. The trial finished its first w…

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When Religion Kills: The Narco-Traffickers of the Borderlands

…a Man’s Soul, was required reading for La Familia. While Eldredge has expressed “sorrow and anger” at the news that his book has found such devoted readers in La Familia, his unique theological focus on male bonding and heroism was evidently just the thing for a gang of “knights” in search of a chivalric code. “Very Dangerous Men” The best-selling Christian author received his master’s degree in counseling from Colorado Christian University in 200…

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Another Judge Rejects Religious Arguments Against Marriage Equality

…ne loves someone they have a right to marry. . . . Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. In her opinion, which she stayed pending appeal, Judge Allen, like Judge Heyburn in Kentucky did earlier this week, and a federal judge in Oklahoma did last month, rejected the argument that the religious beliefs of some citizens are a justification for depriving others of their constitutionally-protected rights. Judg…

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What American Flag-Worship Looks Like to a New Citizen

…, did you know that we pray to the flag every morning at school?” Any discussion of an American “civil religion” needs to take account not only of history and of ideology, but of the religious rituals that surround our secular cult. Walk into many public elementary schools in America a few minutes after the opening bell, and you will know: we already have an established religion in this country, and its graven image is the flag. Our youngest child…

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Religious Leaders Pledge to Protect Religious Freedom—For Everyone

…nd speaking out, without reservation, against bigotry, discrimination, harassment and violence based on religion or belief. The event was hosted by the Cathedral and the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign, an interfaith group that formed in 2010 to push back against rising anti-Muslim rhetoric, particularly around the so-called “Ground Zero mosque,” the Qu’ran-burning pastor Terry Jones, and the hearings organized by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on “radicali…

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