Archive: Debra W. Haffner
Family planning mitigates the need for abortion. Is this really a way to treat human life as sacred?
By Debra W. Haffner | February 16, 2011; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (41)
While we respect that medical providers can and will disagree on matters of conscience, religious institutions that oppose specific services must still ensure that the services are available for the women who need them.
By Debra W. Haffner | January 26, 2011; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (13)
The irony is that many of the organizations committed to promoting marriage seek to exclude same sex couples from these benefits.
By Debra W. Haffner | December 7, 2010; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (11)
Could this announcement be the pope's Trojan Horse, indicating that future pronouncements on sexuality, conducive to the 21st century world, are forthcoming?
By Debra W. Haffner | November 23, 2010; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (8)
I have gay friends who are serving in the military right now. The ones who have partners can't talk about them, can't have their photos with them when they are fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, can't list their partners as "next of kin" if the worst happens, won't be able to provide for their partner's futures.
By Debra W. Haffner | November 16, 2010; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (33)
I don't think voting is a religious act, but I do think it's a moral decision.
By Debra W. Haffner | November 1, 2010; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (3)
For too many LGBT people, faith communities have contributed to their sense of brokenness, alienation, and internalized homophobia.
By Debra W. Haffner | October 13, 2010; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (2)
What if next weekend all of us told them from our pulpits how heartbroken we are by Tyler Clementi's suicide and that we want to make sure that no young person in our community would ever feel such despair?
By Debra W. Haffner | October 4, 2010; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (139)
It doesn't surprise me to see attempts to control people's sexual lives emerge in Tea Party candidates' platforms
By Debra W. Haffner | September 21, 2010; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (14)
Ms. Rice says that she must walk away from all organized religion because of her support for the rights of LGBT people, feminism, and reproductive justice. What she apparently hasn't recognized is that there are many faith communities that support these issues.
By Debra W. Haffner | August 3, 2010; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (4)
I didn't have the heart to tell them that despite the freckles and straight nose, I was Jewish. Not being Italian was enough of a mixed marriage in my husband's family; not being Roman Catholic might have been too much to handle at the celebration. Our now young adult children identify as part Jewish, part Italian, and Unitarian Universalist.
By Debra W. Haffner | July 27, 2010; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (6)
The Bible actually includes almost 120 passages about welcoming, taking care of, and loving the stranger, including this from Jesus: "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in."
By Debra W. Haffner | May 25, 2010; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (12)
It is precisely because life and parenthood are so precious that no woman should be coerced to carry a pregnancy to term. That is why many religious leaders support responsible procreation, prenatal care and intentional parenting.
By Debra W. Haffner | May 20, 2010; 10:19 PM ET | Comments (13)