Archive: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010
"Do ask and do tell" may not work any better for many believe same-sex sexual relationships and same-sex marriage are sins. Others believe it to be an abomination, a learned behavior, sexual preference or perversion or psychological malfunction. It is still the elephant in the living room. Making pretend that it is not there won't make it go away. Deal with it!
By Vashti Murphy McKenzie | February 13, 2010; 12:16 AM ET | Comments (11)
An archaic Oregon law not only keeps Catholic priests and nuns from serving as public school teachers, but also observant Muslims, Sikhs, and Orthodox Jews. So why is the ACLU supporting it?
By Asma T. Uddin | February 12, 2010; 1:54 PM ET | Comments (29)
How did stained-glass rhetoric and sanctimonious bickering about moral superiority become more important than the religious experience itself? What makes me religious is the way I experience life and the way I try to live it. What makes you religious?
By Norman Lear | February 12, 2010; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (123)
In the military as in any business or corporation, the sexual preferences of consenting adults should be their own business as long as they fulfill their duties and do not cause harm to others or to the military in the process.
By Ramdas Lamb | February 12, 2010; 3:29 AM ET | Comments (5)
When the Air Force respects and safeguards the religious rights of minorities, we are all safer. Only if Jews, Muslims, Pagans and infidels of all sorts can worship freely can Christians of all denominations rest secure that their rights, too are safeguarded.
By Starhawk | February 11, 2010; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (176)
Homosexuality is a religious issue only in the sense that in this debate religious people reveal their deep prejudices and their abysmal ignorance about the nature of sexual orientation. Then to their ignorance they apply the perfume of illiterate biblical quotations.
By John Shelby Spong | February 11, 2010; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (30)
When you read accounts of heroism and bravery, what motivated men wasn't abstract ideals but their love for their comrades. They didn't want to let them down. Allowing openly gay men threatens this cohesion by raising the possibility of a different kind of love in which "All for one and one for all" could give way to "sexual competition, protectiveness and favoritism," with disastrous military consequences.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | February 10, 2010; 3:50 PM ET | Comments (59)
It has always been a sin against God's universal love to say some are not included in that divine generosity. That's why 'don't ask, don't tell' was always a bad idea.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | February 10, 2010; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (2)
There is a huge moral problem with asking our soldiers, who in some cases risk their lives on our behalf nearly every minute of their day, to be less than honest, or less than open, or to treat gay American military personnel as less than fully equal.
By Greg M. Epstein | February 10, 2010; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (3)
The Obama Administration's reluctance to push Congress to quickly move and officially kill "don't ask, don't tell," a widely flouted policy, belies a fear of the outcry that a minority in the defense establishment and the far right evangelical community will reflexively launch.
By Aseem Shukla | February 10, 2010; 8:56 AM ET | Comments (7)
Since the days of our founding fathers, the United States has been committed to religious tolerance: a commitment that means we do not judge our fellow Americans based on our own religion. Keeping that promise is a matter of our nation's integrity, no matter what your religion.
By Janet Edwards | February 9, 2010; 5:05 PM ET | Comments (1)
In more than 30 countries, including allies like Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom, gay Steves and Samanthas serve openly and effectively alongside straight Adams and Eves.
By Herb Silverman | February 9, 2010; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (65)
Gay people have been in the military a long time, fighting for this country that they loved. Gay people have struggled to prove their worth to humans who will not receive their worth, dying in the line of duty, suffering if they didn't die, once they've returned home.
By Susan K. Smith | February 9, 2010; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (5)
It is unconscionable that gay service members can be fired simply for being honest about who they are. Competence, excellence in job performance, and dedication to the service should be what determines a soldier's career path, not sexual orientation which has no impact at all upon how well they perform the tasks set for them.
By Pamela K. Taylor | February 9, 2010; 8:40 AM ET | Comments (42)