Archive: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009
Because no one is forced to follow a particular faith, or to join a particular church, we should not require churches to sanction marriages which they believe go against their beliefs.
By Pamela K. Taylor | July 31, 2009; 6:15 PM ET | Comments (7)
Our government's decision to recognize same-gender marriage would in no way inhibit any religions right to make up its own mind about celebrating such a marriage.
By Jane Holmes Dixon | July 31, 2009; 5:31 PM ET | Comments (22)
The arrest and detention of Dr. Aboul Fattouh symbolizes the continuing problem of Arab authoritarianism.
By John Esposito | July 31, 2009; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (1)
When people get serious about God and an honest relationship with this God we talk about, we might be able to have an honest discussion about marriage being a truly sacred experience.
By Susan K. Smith | July 30, 2009; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (17)
The way to be white in America is to frankly acknowledge we are not there yet on racial/ethnic equality. See the patterns of racial discrimination, don't overreact and choose to join a movement of people who realize that deep change comes from concrete actions that shift power relations.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | July 30, 2009; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (129)
Today's small transgression can turn into tomorrow's front page news. It happens to the best of us. Without vigilance and a firm set of principles, it's all too easy to be carried down a path of shame.
By Erica Brown | July 30, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)
Neither the Quran nor the Hadith invokes a penalty for alcohol consumption. The sin of consuming alcohol is described in the Quran in the mildest language of prohibition.
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | July 29, 2009; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (2)
I don't believe the state has any business telling us who we should love or how. As a Pagan, I see marriage as one option for nurturing relationships--but not the only option. And I don't want another religion's values to define it for me.
By Starhawk | July 29, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (13)
The concept of a civil marriage is a much later development, established for a secular government to mimic the religious rite while attempting to remove any religious trappings.
By Ramdas Lamb | July 29, 2009; 1:41 AM ET | Comments (28)
I did not take vows in a church or temple, and my vows were taken in the names of several Gods. Would my evangelical Christian friends consider that a legitimate marriage? Who really does have the right to define what is a "marriage" or a "civil union?"
By Aseem Shukla | July 29, 2009; 12:29 AM ET | Comments (10)
The State should not tell religious institutions who they should welcome, but not to welcome all of God's people violates everything I know about God and I would have no desire to be part of a discriminating religious body.
By John Shelby Spong | July 28, 2009; 9:16 PM ET | Comments (60)
Religion without the stability provided by reason is toxic, but so is reason without the information that only God can provide.
By John Mark Reynolds | July 28, 2009; 4:48 PM ET | Comments (5)
Blacks and Latinos may end up as the proverbial firewall preventing the advancement of the gay and lesbian agenda.
By Samuel Rodriguez | July 28, 2009; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (65)
That marriage was instituted by God doesn't invalidate marriage; it enhances it.
By Cal Thomas | July 28, 2009; 4:04 PM ET | Comments (31)
Muslim women don't want equity, or parity, they want equality with men and nothing less. They are working for it daily.
By Pamela K. Taylor | July 28, 2009; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (19)
The Supreme Court describes civil marriage as "a coming together for better or for worse...and intimate to the degree of being sacred" and recognized the "sacred precincts of marital bedrooms."
By Jim Daly | July 28, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (92)
If government officials and religious leaders distinguished the differences between legal marriage and religious marriage, they could greatly reduce the amount of conflict in public discussions on same-gender marriage.
By Welton Gaddy | July 28, 2009; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (135)
Dr. Welton Gaddy's invitation to dialog toward "common ground" is really a thorough bash-job against all opposition to defining "marriage" down to include same-sex unions.
By Willis E. Elliott | July 27, 2009; 10:43 PM ET | Comments (22)
My wife is married to another man in the eyes of the Catholic Church, even though she received a civil divorce over 25 years ago.
By Herb Silverman | July 27, 2009; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (10)
Why should it be the marriages of gay Americans where we take God out of the contract? I think a related, and I hope complimentary struggle, is for the equality of soul of every human being.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | July 27, 2009; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (96)