Tag Archive for Religion

50 Years Ago Today And Not Much Has Changed

On September 12, 1960 Senator John Kennedy of Massachusetts gave a speech to the Houston Ministerial Association at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas. He faced great skepticism at that time for a number of reasons not least among which was his faith. He was a practicing Catholic. All American presidents to that point had…

Obey or Don’t – Please Resolve

Last night I was reading a book. That alone is no big deal, except that I don’t do it often enough. But last night I came across something as puzzling as it is interesting. Oh, and it’s a Bible thing. Jesus Christ lived and died an observant Jew. In Galatians, the Apostle Paul asserts that…

‘Gay Marriage’ Challenges Christianity’s Credibility

The following was written by a friend, Karen Ocamb. She’s a brilliant journalist and posted this on her blog, LGBT POV, yesterday. It is presented here with her permission. There’s an old saying: “The Devil screams the loudest just before leaving the room.” After last night’s devastating loss of marriage equality in Maine 52.84% –…

Shout the Good News! Rick Warren’s Conversion

When accessing the political apologetics of evangelicals, it is tempting to deal with them on their own terms and question whether their contrition is perfect and sincere enough to remove the stain that their sins have placed on their souls. In Christian terms, forgiveness for sin requires a deep and sincere change of heart accompanied…

Prop 8: What’s Really at Stake for the California Supreme Court

The primary legal issue at tomorrow’s hearing before the California Supreme Court on the same sex marriage Prop 8 case is the narrow and extremely arcane question whether Prop 8 is an amendment to the state constitution or a revision of the state constitution. But appellate cases – and especially high profile and controversial appellate cases — are rarely decided on such narrow and arcane questions of law, even though lawyers and judges must pretend that they are. What’s really at stake in the Prop 8 case – and what will probably be the real deciding factor in the California Supreme Court’s decision – is the power and prestige of the California Supreme Court itself.