The Common Good, Gay Rights, and Faith

November 2, 2006, 3:57 pm | Posted by

With last week’s New Jersey State Supreme Court ruling, the Religious Right has once again tried to trump up voter fears with the specter of gay marriage destroying the traditional American family. This strategy has worked in the past, although the latest poll numbers from CBS show that Democrats enjoy an ADVANTAGE among evangelicals right now.

This morning at the Center for American Progress, FPL Executive Director Jennifer Butler moderated a discussion with Bishop Gene Robinson. Most remember Bishop Robinson’s election as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, and the strife that has ensued within the Anglican communion since then. Check out CAP’s website for video of this very interesting event. The Bishop’s remarks were notable for both their wisdom and charity (even to those with whom he disagrees), two virtues that are rare in our public discourse.

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Who cares about Darfur?

November 1, 2006, 11:10 am | Posted by

Although a few months old, this very informative short doc provides exclusive interviews with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rabbi David Saperstein and Rev. Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals.

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PBS Spot on Progressives and Religion

October 31, 2006, 3:59 pm | Posted by

This segment aired a week ago on Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. A very interesting look at some of growing ties between progressives faith leaders and elected officials. Enjoy the clip.

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Wait, is climate change a MORAL issue?

October 30, 2006, 6:48 pm | Posted by

Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers, points out the reasons for creation care on the Tavis Smiley Show.

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VIDEO: Chair Roy Herron Debates Southern Baptist Richard Land

October 27, 2006, 12:14 pm | Posted by

Richard Land is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Princeton (A.B., magna cum laude) and Oxford (D.Phil.) educated, Dr. Richard Land has headed the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission since 1988.

Roy Herron is a State Senator from Tennessee covering the 24th distract. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with highest honors, Roy studied New Testament and ethics in Scotland as a Rotary Scholar, then became one of Vanderbilt University’s first two joint divinity and law graduates.

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