Subscribe to RSS - Gay Rights

Skipping Breakfast: Why Obama Should Insist On A Different Prayer Circle

President Barack Obama gave his personal testimony yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Did you see it? What did you think?

I watched the address on a live stream from the White House website. It’s still there if you want to take it in for yourself.

Obama’s message was deeply personal and overtly Christian. I guess he’s been falsely accused of being a Muslim so much that he feels obligated to make that point pretty bluntly one more time.

‘Equal Access’ In Utah: Gay-Straight Alliances At Public Schools Have The Religious Right To Thank

Back in the 1980s, a number of Religious Right groups got a bright idea: Since public schools can’t legally sponsor prayer and other religious activities, perhaps it would be better to foster the creation of student-run clubs in high schools that would meet during non-instructional time to pray, read the Bible and talk about religion. A draft bill was proposed in Congress.

Mayoral Mistake: California Official Should Stay Out Of The Salvation Business

Some years ago, I attended a press conference held by notorious anti-abortion zealot Randall Terry. There weren't many people at the event, and afterward Terry asked me where I was from.

When I told him I worked at Americans United, he replied, "You and Barry Lynn had better watch it – you're going to hell!"

I rolled my eyes and shrugged it off. I expect that sort of thing from a guy like Terry, so it was no big deal. In his view, pretty much everyone is going to hell.

But I wouldn't expect such a comment – and I wouldn't tolerate it – from a government official.

Capital Clerical Control Checkmated: D.C. Pastors Learn There Are Limits To Their Power

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.

Chucking Democracy?: Colson Headlines Paleo-Confederate's Conference In Atlanta

Has Chuck Colson finally gone off the deep end?

Colson, a prominent and revered Religious Right author and theoretician, seems to have been drifting toward the edge of the flat Earth for years.

Colson converted to evangelical Christianity while doing time in prison for his felonious role in the Nixon-era Watergate scandal. After getting out in 1975, he founded Prison Fellowship and focused on helping inmates find God. His emphasis on rehabilitation instead of draconian punishment made him friends among progressives and enemies among the hard right.

Pastors In Prison?: Religious Right Spreads Lies About Hate Crimes Bill

Legislation that would target hate crimes is expected to start moving in Congress soon. The Religious Right is going bananas.

The legislation, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913), is intended to do a few key things: It would allow the U.S. Justice Department to offer assistance when a crime that results in death or serious injury is committed against any American because of the victim's race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Unholy Alliance: Marriage Laws Should Separate Church And State

Spring seems to finally be making an appearance here in Washington, D.C.   Besides the flowers, warmer temperatures and upbeat moods, one other thing spring brings is the start of the wedding season.

I spent four days in Cleveland last week celebrating the wedding of a close friend. She had a Hindu ceremony with all the bells and whistles — from the groom arriving on a horse, to henna on her hands, to guests wearing colorful saris.

Iran, North Korea And The Family Research Council: Has FRC Joined The 'Axis Of Evil'?

Just when you think Religious Right groups can't get any farther out on the edge of the flat Earth, they do.

Last week, the Family Research Council (FRC) was apoplectic that the Obama administration has decided to endorse a UN Declaration on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

Mormon Might: LDS Church Leaders Have Inappropriate Government Role In Utah

Is the state of Utah a theocracy?

You certainly might think so after reading an article in today's Salt Lake Tribune.

More than 80 percent of legislators are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and for the past 15 years, legislative leaders have met annually with Mormon church officials to discuss the coming year's agenda.

Pages