How will the ELCA hold gay pastors who aren't married accountable to the standard of monogamy and lifelong commitment? Do same-sex couples have to prove what is taken for granted with married heterosexual couples?
Attacks on Israelis inside or emanating from the West Bank are now almost nonexistent. Peace efforts are focused instead on settlements—because the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a conflict over land.
WASHINGTON (ABP) – Abortion and gay rights appear to be decoupling
as important dividing lines among Americans when it comes to social
issues, according to recent surveys on values, faith and public life.
about a religion is a dangerous thing. A generalization that had seemed safe
was that Buddhism is a peaceful religion. It's all about compassion, isn't
it—about renouncing desire and learning to empty yourself?
(RNS) Oklahoma state Rep. Rex Duncan expects his "Save Our State"
referendum to keep Islamic law out of state courts to pass easily on
Nov. 2. He's less certain a similar measure could pass in Michigan.
The reason? Muslims have already established a foothold in and
around Detroit, and wield enough political power to stop it, he says.
Cotton was king in the 19th century, and the industry was dependent upon slavery. It wasn’t only southern plantation owners who reaped its benefits. Northerners and Europeans created a worldwide textile industry on the backs of slave labor, and they lent money to plantation owners to buy more slaves. We are still living with the legacy of that slavery, says Edward E. Baptist, author of the recently released The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Part of the legacy is that white households have almost $15 worth of wealth for every dollar held by African-American households (CNN, September 7).