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Non-celibate gay Lutheran clergy restored to ministry

July 26, 2010 – 4:34 pm |

The nation’s largest Lutheran body, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or ELCA, took another step Sunday toward claiming a major place at the forefront of faiths heeding the call to inclusivity and openness to …

Court’s ruling on expletives emitted in public is step in our society growing up

July 13, 2010 – 10:01 pm |

Maybe you thought about the late stand-up comedian George Carlin when you learned today that a federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s so-called “fleeting expletive policy.” The iconoclast Carlin made a career  …

Mary Jo West talks candidly of Catholicism with KTAR’s Pat McMahon on ‘God Show’

July 12, 2010 – 6:56 pm |

“The God Show,” hosted by Pat McMahon for many years on KTAR (92.3FM) on Sunday morning, is a one-of-kind show that I have followed from the beginning.  I, in fact, have been a guest on …

Mormons get deserved contempt for homophobia revealed in documentary ‘8: Mormon Propo$ition’

June 18, 2010 – 11:14 pm |
8: The Mormon Proposition

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gets well-deserved scrutiny and disdain in the documentary “8: The Mormon Propo$ition,” which opened in limited theaters Friday. We saw it at Harkins’ Camelview in Scottsdale.  It …

Jews split over whether cemeteries should accept those from intermarriage

June 11, 2010 – 12:35 pm |

Legalism is especially brutal when it is applied to religion. Stern, absolute, human-crafted rules are handed down with pontification as if they with divine sanctions and dictates. Cocksure religionists rarely have justice or people’s welfare …

New film scrutinizes the Mormon Church for its work to defeat California gay marriage

June 1, 2010 – 12:34 pm |

The momentum continues strong to “normalize” homosexuality as part of God’ creation. The greater society has largely come to terms with the fact that a segment of humanity is gay and that it is not …

Pediatrics group reverses on female circumcision – now do the right thing and urge end to male cutting

May 27, 2010 – 12:34 pm |

Just weeks after the American Academy of Pediatrics thought it was doing the right thing by suggesting it would be OK for parents to submit their daughters to a “ritual nick” to their genitals as …

Copple funeral a community reunion

May 25, 2010 – 12:33 pm |

It is never a good thing that death brings people together. But going back eons in most cultures, the death of folks have created reunions for the living. If it is a cruel excuse to …

Van Praagh: Open up before you reach the other side

May 18, 2010 – 12:32 pm |

I really didn’t know who James Van Praagh was when I was invited to interview him in 2001 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe back when I was the Spiritual Life editor for the East …

Medical group calls for allowing ‘ritual nick’ female circumcision lest girls face radical cutting overseas

May 11, 2010 – 12:31 pm |

By Lawn Griffiths
It is unfathomable how some in medicine have so little regard for the welfare of people and their human rights.
Here we thought that female genital mutilation, or female circumcision, in America had been …