Archive: May 18, 2008 - May 24, 2008
Given the amount of time, energy, and agony we spend on love, shouldn’t it be an occasion of public amazement and celebration when two people find each other? If that commitment confers with it certain civil rights, then those rights should be equally available to all.
By Starhawk | May 23, 2008; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (90)
There are evidences in several European countries that have normalized gay marriage that, when that happens, heterosexual marriage declines precipitously. I believe it is not only biblical duty but common sense to recognize the natural law and the natural moral order in an effort to protect marriage.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | May 23, 2008; 1:54 PM ET | Comments (46)
We can’t approach the question of marriage law today with the assumption that marriage is now what it has always been in either its religious context or its secular context.
By M. Cathleen Kaveny | May 23, 2008; 1:40 PM ET | Comments (7)
Gay marriage is not about 'rites' or 'rights.' People on both sides are more interesting in imposing their beliefs than in doing what's best for all.
By Irwin Kula | May 23, 2008; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (6)
Jews can empathize with Sen. John McCain because we have faced the same dilemma with Rev. John Hagee. No fundamentalist Christian is more overtly supportive of Israel.
By David Saperstein | May 23, 2008; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (184)
There will be speeches and flags and words about heroism spoken this Memorial Day, but relatively little about the moral evil of war and what it costs.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | May 23, 2008; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (0)
Does the state have a right to regulate marriage? It does. Does the state have a right to regulate a sacrament? No. Because modern America puts marriage in a shadow zone somewhere between a civil rite and a sacrament, values keep shifting.
By Deepak Chopra | May 22, 2008; 1:42 PM ET | Comments (10)
Given the context of Islam's insistence on sex taking place only within a solemnized relationship, the need for marriage to be inclusive becomes clear. Otherwise the Qur'an would be condemning a significant portion of the world's populace to celibacy or sin.
By Pamela K. Taylor | May 22, 2008; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (19)
The way we currently handle marriage is a remnant of our centuries long, partly unsuccessful, effort to disentangle church and state, to disentangle morality and legality.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | May 22, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (19)
Church cannot nullify “rights” defined by state, and state cannot deny church the right to define its “rites.”
By Willis E. Elliott | May 22, 2008; 9:28 AM ET | Comments (32)
Queen Rania inspired me when I met her. Now she's inspiring the world.
By Eboo Patel | May 22, 2008; 9:18 AM ET | Comments (65)
Americans clearly believe that their many faith voices need to be raised in the public square. We need an Internal Revenue Service that is clear in its guidelines for tax-exempt religious organizations and we need the IRS to follow those guidelines.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | May 21, 2008; 9:02 AM ET | Comments (11)
Homosexual couples are simply two people who love each other. Please explain to me how that can be wrong in the eyes of God. Didn’t God make us all in his image? Please tell me how it could possibly be harmful to society to have two loving people form a union.
By Sally Quinn | May 21, 2008; 8:44 AM ET | Comments (544)
I don't have the slightest idea why happily or unhappily married heterosexuals feel so threatened by the very existence of same-sex marriages, but I can only hope that this controversy will not expand and overwhelm the more fundamental issues at stake in the 2008 election.
By Susan Jacoby | May 21, 2008; 7:48 AM ET | Comments (463)
In a sinful and wicked world, sinners and wicked people behave as, well, sinful and wicked people.
By Cal Thomas | May 21, 2008; 6:35 AM ET | Comments (277)
The court could have done much to shore up the rights of gay couples’ access to all those rights (and obligations) which come with married status in California, without taking this legally unjustified step.
By Brad Hirschfield | May 21, 2008; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (11)
We’re in for the long debate. Even if laws change soon—as I hope they will—the meaning of marriage should be plumbed at deep levels in both sacred and secular spheres.
By William Tully | May 20, 2008; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (0)
The married couple is looked at as a complete module for worship and participation in cultural/social acts.
By Rajan Zed | May 19, 2008; 6:11 PM ET | Comments (1)
The revival of Evangelical faith inside the academy (witness the explosive growth of Evangelical colleges and universities) is breaking down old misunderstandings through exposure of both communities to each other.
By John Mark Reynolds | May 19, 2008; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (45)
Accepting the olive branch offered by the manifesto can only be provisional at this point. Looking over the seven points of essential doctrine, each takes a dogmatic position that millions of other Christians don't accept
By Deepak Chopra | May 19, 2008; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (18)
Our allegiance is not to any political party or ideology but to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Evangelicals, we should be careful that we are not used as political puppets of any political parties.
By Gabriel Salguero | May 19, 2008; 8:33 AM ET | Comments (14)
I wasn't aware of a demand for an "evangelical manifesto." Everything a follower of Jesus needs is in God's Word. It seems to me to be another attempt to "fit-in" with the world. "Evangelicals" ought to be fitting-in with God and His agenda, which is redemption, not reforming a fallen planet.
By Cal Thomas | May 19, 2008; 7:25 AM ET | Comments (42)
These Evangelical leaders have come to rue the day they were discovered as a voting bloc by Republican strategists. They have been manipulated and “that way faith loses its independence.” All people of faith should heed this warning.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | May 19, 2008; 6:25 AM ET | Comments (8)