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Should politicians heed their prophet or pope?

One day he’s dissing gay activists as immoral “buggers” and perhaps the “greatest threat” to the nation. Then, he’s embracing anti-discrimination legislation and conceding the “right” gay residents have to job and housing protections.  What swayed state Sen. Chris Buttars?  His church.

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Religious Leaders Urge Obama to Condemn Ugandan Anti-Gay Bill at Prayer Breakfast

From religiondispatches.org Obama is scheduled to address the National Prayer Breakfast, organized by ‘The Family,’ which has ties to the ‘kill-the-gays’ bill in Uganda. Religious leaders, including a member of the president’s faith-based Advisory Council, are calling on the president to condemn homophobia and offer an alternative, inclusive prayer event.

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Categories: Journalism.

Americans’ Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push

KAMPALA, Uganda — Last March, three American evangelical Christians, whose teachings about “curing” homosexuals have been widely discredited in the United States, arrived here in Uganda’s capital to give a series of talks.  Now the three Americans are finding themselves on the defensive, saying they had no intention of helping stoke the kind of anger that could lead to what came next: a bill to impose a death sentence for homosexual behavior.

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Bill would let clergy refuse to marry gays

Clergy members and churches would not face legal consequences for refusing to perform same-sex marriages, under a state bill being pushed by supporters of gay marriage.

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Call for Papers

The Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary is announcing a Call for Papers for the 2010 Colloquium, “Allegorical Bible 2.0: Scholarship meets Allegory, Code, and Mysticism.”  The Colloquium will be held at the Universal Truth Center, Miami Gardens, Florida, May 20-22, 2010.

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Faiths unite behind health care reform, even as details are vague

From: faithinpubliclife.org. By Adelle M. Banks- RNS. As Capitol Hill appears politically paralyzed over health care reform, the prescription from many faith leaders is firm: don’t abandon ship.  “The faith community has worked for decades for comprehensive health care reform and this last year … many of them have put aside other policy priorities to take this over the finish line,” said the Rev. Linda Walling, executive director of Faithful Reform in Health Care, an interfaith coalition of more than 70 groups.

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Charter for Compassion

A call to bring the world together…We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

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LGCM denounces House of Lords decision to approve amendments to the Equality Bill

Rev Sharon Ferguson, Chief Executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) has denounced the reactionary vote in the House of Lords to approve amendments to the Equality Bill which will enable churches and other religious bodies to discriminate in matters of employment.

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Controversial Billboard Of Joseph And Mary In Bed: God ‘A Hard Act To Follow’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A billboard at a New Zealand church depicting a downcast Joseph lying beside Mary in bed and the heading “God is a hard act to follow” provoked more than the intended reconsideration of the meaning of Christmas.

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Gaza Freedom Marchers are campaigning against the siege raised on the Palestinian territory

Hoping to ask the American ambassador for help in reaching the Gaza Strip, riot police surrounded 41 US citizens and one Egyptian on Tuesday and blocked their progress.

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Despite Disappointment, Climate Summit Marks High Point for Activist Movement

Media audiences across the world took notice as Copenhagen police arrested hundreds of activists at the peak of the United Nations climate conference that ended last Saturday.

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Health Care is a Moral Imperative

Throughout the course of human history, there are times when a nation and its people must speak to moral imperatives — to speak clearly to what is faithful to our American ideals, what is compassionate toward our people and what is right for our country.  As spiritual leaders of diverse religious background and with one voice, we the undersigned appeal to our elected representatives, our President, and elected officials of the State of Indiana to provide affordable and accessible health care for all Americans.

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Categories: Press Release.

U.S. says it could help raise $100 billion to fight climate change

December 17, 2009?. Attempting to revive climate negotiations that appear dangerously close to flat-lining, the Obama administration announced today that it would join allies in raising $100 billion by 2020 to help the world’s poorest countries adapt to climate change.

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Air Force Academy says religious climate improving

Dan Elliott (AP, December 16, 2009).  Air Force Academy, USA – The Air Force Academy says religious tolerance has improved dramatically since allegations five years ago that evangelical Christians harassed cadets who didn’t share their faith. Even the school’s most vocal critic agrees.

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2010 Fellowships Available for Theology Students

ATLANTA, Decembe 2009 – Gifted students across the U.S. and Canada who aspire to be pastoral leaders and professors can get help for their journeys through Fund for Theological Education (FTE) fellowships for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Right now, college students are finishing up their finals and looking forward to a few weeks of rest during the Christmas break. Many of them will use that time to reflect on what their futures will hold. Some may consider the corporate world; others may worry about further education options.

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Indian sect members vow to marry sex workers

BBC. Sirsa, India – More than 1,000 followers of a multi-religious sect in northern India have pledged to marry female sex workers who want to escape exploitation

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Categories: Journalism.

Couple’s book tackles evangelicals’ questions on climate change

WASHINGTON — As an evangelical Christian living in Texas, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe found that many conservatives had questions about climate change based on things they’d heard on talk radio.  The book is a look at the scientific consensus that heat-trapping gases, mostly from the use of fossil fuels, are causing an increase in the Earth’s average temperature. It explains how scientists reach their conclusions and why they rule out other possible explanations, such as the sun, volcanoes and natural cycles.

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Gays Organize DNC Boycott

Politico.com  by Ben Smith.  Frustration among gay Democrats at the White House’s unwillingness to make their issues a first-year priority — or even, in some cases, to acknowledge them — is boiling over today in the form of a move to boycott Democratic National Committee fundraising.

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