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Military Gay Ban Rejected: Federal Judge Rules That ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Violates Free-Speech Rights

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the policy, which bans the military from asking about a service member’s sexual orientation but requires the discharge of those who admit to being homosexual, violates service members’ First Amendment free-speech rights and their Fifth Amendment due process rights.

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Virtual Book Burning and Its Consequences

Dove World Outreach pastor Terry Jones’ threatened Qur’an-burning has received a disproportionate amount of media attention, including hand wringing about whether there should be media attention given to small time pastors who use such tactics precisely to gain such media attention. And yet the lightning speed at which the threat, the negotiations, and the withdrawal of the threat occurred suggests another level of complexity to the iconography of the book which may be new.

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Wrong Then, Wrong Now: What Yesterday’s Anti-Catholicism Has in Common with Today’s Islamophobia

For the past few months, I’ve been doing some research in New York newspapers on the anti-Catholic vitriol the Irish faced in the nineteenth century. It’s been hard to avoid noticing how similar those attacks are to the biting comments being made against Islam and the backers of a Muslim community center proposed for a lower Manhattan building near the World Trade Center site.

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Palin Goes ‘Hopey-Changey,’ But Don’t Call it Political

Palin’s event, combined with Glenn Beck’s non-political political rally, raise flags with respect to faith-based groups’ exemption from non-discrimination regulations. The insistent rhetoric suggests that some high-profile conservatives may be positioning themselves to receive public dollars for activities that are only non-political by the narrowest possible definition. At the very same time some religious right leaders have been crying “foul” at the use of taxpayer dollars to fund activities they oppose.

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Obama’s Pledge to Close Down Guantanamo is ‘Not Even Close’

Barack Obama’s pledge to shut down Guantanamo Bay will not be honoured until at least a year after the President’s self-imposed deadline – and may not be completed in his first administration.

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Beyond Adam and Eve

Christians reach out to the transgender community

When people discuss the rights of lesbians and gays in contemporary U.S. culture, and across religious denominations, the abbreviation “LGBT” is used as a shorthand: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender. But are transgender people really being taken into account? What’s the state of the struggle, where transpeople are concerned?

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Glenn Beck’s rally cannot block nation’s path

Regardless of the activity on the Mall this weekend or the inactivity on the Mall in the days after, the question before us still remains: Who do we want to be as a people and as a nation? Do we want to go back, or do we want to move forward? Do we want to erase the steps we struggled to take in the ’60s by gutting or repealing the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the 14th Amendment, the Fair Housing Act, and other progressive measures? I say, we have suffered too long and struggled too hard to turn back now. As a nation and as a people, we cannot, and we must not go back.

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Dangerous Religion

Which religion has proved the most violent and destructive in U.S. history? The answer should not be a surprise.

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Dispelling “Anchor Baby” Myths

The Pew Hispanic Center, which conducts stellar research on everything from health care to religion, released a report today quantifying just how many children are born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants. The report comes in the midst of a campaign by some Republicans to hold congressional hearings on whether children born to illegal immigrants should automatically become citizens.

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Festive Muslim holiday falls around Sept. 11 this year; US Muslim leaders fear backlash

Eid al-Fitr, a joyous holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, this year falls around Sept. 11. Muslim leaders fear that their gatherings for prayer and festivities could be misinterpreted by those unfamiliar with Islam as a celebration of the 2001 terrorist strikes.

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Creating a Cell: Science Plays God

‘Creation of a bacterial cell controlled by a chemically synthesized genome’ is the title of the paper. It was published in the prestigious journal Science and came out of the Craig Venter Institute. Venter is the scientist whose name always comes connected to the word ‘maverick’; he’s the one who first made his name by bringing big private dollars into molecular biotechnology to compete with the federal government and speed up the sequencing of the first human genome (that is, the determination of the identity and order of all the billions of DNA base pairs in one human). The title here is certainly in keeping with Venter’s bodaciousness.

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Interview with ‘ground zero mosque’ spokesman

The leaders of the proposed Islamic community center and mosque near New York’s ground zero are addressing their critics by vowing to be open and transparent as the project progresses.

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Canadians Not Surprised at Enbridge Oil Spill in Michigan

Canadians familiar with North America’s largest oil pipeline operation, Enbridge Inc., say they are not surprised that the company has spilled oil again.

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Calling Out the Hatemongers

Progressive faith activists are on the march this summer, challenging the misperceived monopoly of conservatives who for far too long have tried to establish themselves as the sole guardians of faith, morality, and values.

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Many Haitians still homeless more than six months after quake

“Our government is incapable of getting us out of this situation,” Nicholas said. “I hope the international community can keep our hope alive, because it’s fading.”

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Same-Sex Marriage Inches Toward High Court

A federal court in Boston ruled last week that same-sex married couples deserve federal recognition. That case, along with another in California, is likely to move the battle closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Water as Human Right Threatens to Split World Body

UNITED NATIONS – A long outstanding proposal to recognize the right to water as a basic universal human right is threatening to split the world’s rich and poor nations.

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Lord have mercy

Mercy is the missing factor in our ever-stranger political debates about immigration, health care, joblessness, financial reform and local government budgets. A nation founded on mercy — as shown in religious tolerance, in a Bill of Rights, in a Civil War fought to end slavery, in an open door to “huddled masses” and in the Marshall Plan — seems to have decided that mercy is no longer affordable. Or even necessary.

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