"We could do today what we couldn't do yesterday," stated George Daley, a researcher at Children's Hospital in Boston, in response to yesterday's clearance from the Obama administration for scientists to begin using new lines of human embryonic stem cells in federally funded experiments.
It's always fun to report on church-state victories, and yesterday, we had a big one.
The District of Columbia Council voted 11-2 to permit same-sex couples to marry in the nation's capital. And despite threats from the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, the council refused to unduly broaden the measure's religious exemption, which already adequately protected religious freedom.
Religious Right leaders love to invoke Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King engaged in civil disobedience to oppose Jim Crow laws in the South, they argue, and so can we to fight abortion or same-sex marriage.
Here's some news you might have missed in the holiday shuffle last week: Wiley Drake, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., and former vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has issued a press release calling for the end to an "imprecatory prayer" for President Barack Obama's death.
No, Drake was not overcome with the holiday spirit. Instead, he has received some "spiritual guidance" that made him realize Obama is worth more alive.
It's the day after Thanksgiving, and you know what that means. Yes, the malls will be crowded, but this time of year also means an escalation in the battles over how public schools and government deal with Christmas.
Some disputes have already erupted. In Chambersburg, Pa., the borough council voted unanimously to ban most displays from a public square rather than accommodate an atheist who wanted access to the space.
Note: This post is a re-publication of one that originally appeared on Thanksgiving Day 2007. Enjoy the holiday!
When you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner today, do you plan to say grace?
If so, what religious tradition will the prayer come from? Will it be a blessing from the Jewish, Muslim or Hindu faiths? Will it be Catholic, Mormon or one of the infinite varieties of Protestant denominations?
Maybe you won't offer a prayer at all, instead simply thanking the cook for the bounteous meal set before you rather than a deity of any sort.
Some members of the clergy in Washington, D.C., are angry because the city council will no longer automatically do what they want.
As The Washington Post reports today, clergy in the nation's capital are used to having their calls returned promptly; they expect the council to be responsive to their demands.
I regard Sarah Palin's new book like I do the movie "New Moon" – I'm not the intended audience and I don't really care about it.
But the media keeps sticking the thing in my face. In the case of Palin's book, it has become obvious that I'm going to be forced to look at the train wreck even though I'd rather not.
So let's just plunge right in, shall we?
It turns out there's actually a church-state angle because release of the book has reopened questions about what Palin does (or does not) believe about evolution.
The New York Times today reported on a sad and worrisome situation in Vallejo, Calif.
Though the community faces a financial crisis, much like the rest of the country, The Times asserts the town is also struggling because "its political system increasingly reflects the influence of evangelical churches."