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Should same-sex marriage be legalized in Washington?

09/14/13 Washington could be the seventh state (plus D.C.) to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill is moving steadily through the state legislature and is backed byGov. Chris Gregoire. Some religious groups are hoping to stall the bill, including the state's four Catholic bishops who are urging parishioners to contact their legislatures and “defend the current definition of marriage.”Other faith groups, …

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Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims blast Rick Santorum on ‘equality’ comment

09/14/13 Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus are accusing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum of bigotry and ignorance after he said that “equality” is solely a Judeo-Christian concept. “Where do you think the concept of equality comes from?” Santorum said on the campaign trail last Friday (Jan. 20). “It doesn't come from Islam. It doesn't come from the East and Eastern religions. …

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David Brooks, The Wealth Issue and Bain of Lost Dreams

09/14/13By Contributor Ernesto Tinajero Below is a poem I wrote in response to “The Wealth Issue,” a recent column by David Brooks of The New York Times. ~~~ Hear, oh hear David Brooks proclaim preach and teach the lessons of our sin of envy. “Mitt Romney is no spoiled rich boy. He toils long and hard for his spoils. Look …

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After minor turbulence, Alaska Airlines suspends prayer cards

09/14/13 After causing a bit of turbulence with some passengers, Alaska Airlines will no longer serve prayer cards with in-flight meals, the company announced Wednesday (Jan. 25). The cards, which take a line or two from the Book of Psalms, have been an Alaska Airlines trademark for 30 years, uplifting some flyers but annoying others.   “This difficult decision was …

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Top Catholic bishop feels betrayed by Obama

09/14/13 WASHINGTON — In the wake of President Obama's controversial decision to mandate that religious groups pay for contraceptives for their employees, much of the coverage focused on how the president had disappointed progressive allies by giving religious groups an extra year to comply. But the decision also had New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of …

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Muslims say Ron Paul is their kind of Republican

09/14/13 Growing up in rural parts of the American West, Nadja Adolf's libertarian streak developed early on. “When you come from a countryside that can kill you,” said Adolf, a Muslim convert in her late 50s, “there is a strong emphasis on individual rights, a strong emphasis on self-reliance, and an emphasis on helping each other out.” That attitude is …

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