“If you’ve never committed a sin, please pick up that rock, pick up that boulder, and hit me as hard as you can.” – Celebrity cook Paula Deen, in a tearful interview with The Today Show’s Matt Lauer, about allegations that she has used racist language.
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WASHINGTON (RNS) The demise of the Defense of Marriage Act leaves an expanse of battlegrounds and a patchwork of laws. While every state in New England now recognizes same-sex marriages, for instance, not a single state in the South does.
Some religious leaders respond with charity and grace to DOMA ruling. Chinese authorities tell Tibetan monks they can worship the Dalai Lama. Spielberg may be considering a movie on Moses.
We asked faith leaders and members: What does the Supreme Court decision today mean for you in the context of your faith?
WASHINGTON (RNS) White evangelicals are also more likely than any other religious group surveyed to believe that God has granted the U.S. a special role in history and to say they will likely attend a public July 4th celebration.
Religion News Service documents reactions to the Supreme Court decision both in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, Mo.
(RNS) Beyond issuing denunciations, religious conservatives have a number of possible options for responding to the decisions, including renewing calls to protect religious freedom. But can they agree which path is best?
“How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.” – President Obama, reacting to the Supreme Court ruling striking down a federal ban on same-sex marriages.
WASHINGTON Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 26-page opinion Wednesday (June 26) striking down a federal ban on same-sex marriages offers a window into Americans’ rapidly shifting views of same-sex relationships — a shift that increasingly relies on matters of law and fairness, not moral or religious views.