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50% of Jewish Groups Have Gay-Friendly Policy

Organizations Seek To Include LGBT Community: Report

A new survey of Jewish communal organizations found that 50 percent of them have taken significant steps to welcome gays and lesbians and their families. The Jewish Organization Equality Index provides benchmarks for gauging and improving policies …

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Oregon may be next state for gay marriage ballot battle

PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Three states made history Tuesday (Nov. 6) voting to approve same-sex marriage, and a fourth repudiated an attempt to ban it. Oregon, once known as a trailblazer for progressive causes, wasn’t among them. But …

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Climate Change’s ‘Terrifying Math’ Coming to City Near You

350.org launches national tour that takes direct aim at fossil fuel industry

Less the 24 hours after Barack Obama won his reelection campaign on Tuesday, a new kind of campaign was launching in a sold out auditorium in downtown Seattle. For the climate activists at 350.org, it didn’t necessarily …

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My Take: 7 Ways religious diversity played in the election

“It’s demography, stupid!” is the new mantra for analyzing the 2012 election, in which African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos cast their votes in overwhelming numbers for President Obama. But religious diversity was another key theme. How …

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Announcement of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Right Reverend Justin Welby for election as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. He will succeed Dr Rowan Williams who is retiring at the end of December after ten years …

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What’s next for religious conservatives?

The other tack that emerged, however, was to concede that Christian conservatives may need to change the tone if not the substance of their message in order to appeal to voters who are increasingly non-male, non-white and …

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Mormonism Cost Romney the Election (But It’s Not What You Think)

Mitt Romney didn’t lose the election because he’s a Mormon, he lost because he isn’t Mormon enough. All political candidates must prove that they’re just like us, yet this requires some demystification: you cannot just tell us …

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Hurricane Sandy Spawns Right-Wing Theodicy

As Hurricane Sandy heads ashore on the east coast of the U.S., far right-wing religious zealots are already calling it a sign from God for everything from U.S. policy on Israel to, of course, the gays. The …

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A Religious Breakdown of 12 Battleground States

Mark Silk assesses the religious layout of 12 battleground states – and explains why religion will matter on Election Day. Arizona If Arizona is a battleground state this year, it’s because of the influx of Latinos over the …

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Is Global Warming Happening Faster Than Expected?

Over the past decade scientists thought they had figured out how to protect humanity from the worst dangers of climate change. Keeping planetary warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) would, it was thought, avoid such …

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University withdraws theologian’s invitation after pressure from financial contributors

The University of San Diego has canceled a visiting fellowship for a British theologian less than two weeks before her scheduled arrival at the university because of pressure from financial contributors, according to a letter from the …

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Liberal Mormons: A minority within a minority

ST. GEORGE, Utah (RNS) U.S. Mormons overwhelmingly share the party affiliation of Republican presidential nominee and fellow Mormon Mitt Romney, but there are liberal-leaning members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are finding …

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A Grim Warning from Science

One of the things that makes Sandy different from Katrina is that it’s a relatively clean story. The lessons of Katrina were numerous and painful—they had to do with race, with class, with the willful incompetence of …

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Birth 2012 – Let’s Co-Create a Global Birth Day

Join our global movement to create a planetary Birth Day celebration and webcast on Dec. 22 with 100 million people to mark the start of a new era for humanity! Events are activating around the world. Contribute …

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Jesus Through Pagan Eyes Press Release

PRESS RELEASE As we approach Christmas and the celebration of the birth of the most famous man ever to live, perhaps it’s time for a new spin on a very old story. Perhaps it’s time to look …

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“This is the most important election of all time!” (again)

You’ve probably heard by now that if Obama wins a second term we will become a socialist nation, gun ownership will be made illegal, our country will be unrecognizable by the end of his term, and on …

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Frontline: In-Depth Investigation into the Climate Denial Industry

Frontline goes inside the groups who shifted the direction of the climate change debate

Watch Climate of Doubt on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE. This story was originally posted on PBS Frontline.

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Evangelical Christian blogger scolded for using word ‘vagina’ in book

Rachel Held Evans doesn’t want to talk about her vagina anymore. “I’m sorry,” said a spokesman for her publisher, Thomas Nelson, in turning down a request for an interview, “she’s a little uncomfortable continuing with this conversation.” …

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