Tennessee governor vetoes bill making Bible the official state book https://t.co/aBRKYQc0Kw— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 15, 2016
Aside from the First Amendment principle of church-state separation, it escapes me why some people think it serves their faith to get the government involved. But it's not really about faith. It's about dominance and control, for which religion is a marker.
Our friend Peter Tatchell writes from London:
Pope Francis has failed LGBT people
Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality
"The Pope promised reform but has reconfirmed traditional Catholic doctrine on same-sex relationships. He has ignored submissions and appeals by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics. Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality. Joy of Love offers a change of tone, not of substance,” said LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
He opposes our marriage rights, but somehow we're the intolerant ones. And America's Founders were intolerant of King George.
Bravo to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for their comments excoriating Ted Cruz over his hateful and utterly counterproductive demagoguery.
The battle over religious supremacy laws continues. And that's what they are. Religious freedom does not include the right to impose your faith dictates on others in unrelated commerce.
Georgetown students invite Cecile Richards, head of Planned Parenthood, to speak on campus -- and a cardinal objects. https://t.co/fQKOK8I7UU— Wash Post Faith (@washpostfaith) March 8, 2016
Multiple choice. Who wrote this: "For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it."
A. Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Georgetown University
B. The Founder of Trump University
C. Thomas Jefferson on the University of Virginia
D. The host of Romper Room
BREAKING | Va. House approves 'Kim Davis' religious freedom bill https://t.co/4pbiLc5LQq— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) February 16, 2016
Freedom only for people who agree with her. Freedom to deny equal protection of the law to people she doesn't like. Nothing could be more blatantly unconstitutional.
I couldn't agree more. There is a de facto schism in the Anglican Communion. Pandering to bigots will not and cannot help matters. If Welby is going to pretend otherwise, he should step down.
President Obama was right to speak at an American mosque, as Jeb Bush agreed.
‘His death made us stronger’: Uganda's LGBT groups on David Kato’s murder https://t.co/ZtopbIi1uQ— The Guardian (@guardian) January 26, 2016
January 26 was the fifth anniversary of the brutal murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato. His colleagues have carried on with great courage and remarkable grace. Below is video from Kato's funeral in 2011, where his friends carried his coffin themselves.
Republicans praise him even as they work relentlessly to dismantle the social safety net. Their Martin is just a source of noble sentiments, safely emasculated and safely dead. But he did not get a national holiday and a national monument by being safe. He had to connect, yes, and his brilliance as an orator was evident the moment he stepped into the pulpit of Holt Street Baptist Church for a mass meeting of the Montgomery Improvement Association on Dec. 5, 1955 to launch a bus boycott.
But key to his power and greatness was his challenge to the nation, evident in these words from that speech, which many in power took as a threat worth killing over. Only by taking up that challenge do we properly honor him.
My friends, I want it to be known that we're going to work with grim and bold determination to gain justice on the buses in this city.
And we are not wrong; we are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. If we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong. If we are wrong, Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer that never came down to Earth. If we are wrong, justice is a lie, love has no meaning. And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
Imagine being that brilliant at age 26. It never ceases to provoke awe.