Amy at Texas Faith: Can churches can preach politics from the pulpit?

Amy at Texas Faith: Can churches can preach politics from the pulpit?

TEXAS FAITH: Why should the government say whether churches can preach politics from the pulpit? Question by Wayne Slater   That’s this week’s Texas Faith question. Is it time to repeal the law forbidding churches engaged in partisan politics from the pulpit? Our Texas Faith panel of experts weighs in. Read the panel   AMY MARTIN, director emeritus, Earth Rhythms; …

Scott Parkin: Former North Texan activist says ‘More efforts needed to stop assault on environment’

Scott Parkin: Former North Texan activist says ‘More efforts needed to stop assault on environment’

on Nature

Former North Texan activist says ‘More efforts needed to stop assault on environment’ July 23, 2014 By Amy Martin   Scott Parkin wants you to raise a ruckus. Maybe even break a few laws.   The eco-activist, who was born in 1969 and raised in Garland, has worked with the Ruckus Society and participated in Bill McKibben’s call for civil …

Amy on Texas Faith: Boko Haram, false prophets and phony messiahs

Amy on Texas Faith: Boko Haram, false prophets and phony messiahs

Texas Faith: Boko Haram, false prophets and phony messiahs Question by Rudolph Bush In Nigeria, a nation awaits the fate of 276 girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Like so many groups before it, this one is led by a man who claims direct contact with God. History is filled with false prophets and phony messiahs. Faith is …

Bill Maher: The Art of Insult

Bill Maher: The Art of Insult

on Comedy

Review: Bill Maher | AT&T Performing Arts Center | Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House   The Art of Insult Bill Maher gathers another roaring crowd of Southern liberals for his show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House. by Amy Martin published Monday, November 18, 2013 Photo: Alberto Tolot Dallas — Even though the political opinions that …

Amy at Texas Faith: Religious advice for politicians

Amy at Texas Faith: Religious advice for politicians

TEXAS FAITH: What words of religious faith should politicians really hear and heed? Question by Wayne Slater     Dick Thornburgh, former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. attorney general, gave a speech last month entitled “The Role of Faith in Public Service.” In it, he said not only that his religious faith was important to him as a lawyer, governor and …

AMY on TEXAS FAITH: Can Obama and Cruz learn from each other?

AMY on TEXAS FAITH: Can Obama and Cruz learn from each other?

TEXAS FAITH: What can Obama and Cruz learn from each other? Question by Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist    You’ve read the coverage in the paper or online, followed the play-by-play on television news and probably even heard chatter around the water cooler about the government shutdown. So, I don’t need to replay the details for you about the last few …

Amy at Texas Faith: Pope Francis on abortion, gay rights and conception

Amy at Texas Faith: Pope Francis on abortion, gay rights and conception

TEXAS FAITH: Pope Francis criticizes narrow focus on abortion, gay rights and conception By Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist   Pope Francis offered some provocative thoughts last week. Speaking about the hot-button issues of abortion, gay rights and conception, he told a Jesuit interviewer: “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”   He went on …

Amy at Texas Faith: How should the U.S. respond in Syria?

Amy at Texas Faith: How should the U.S. respond in Syria?

TEXAS FAITH: How should the U.S. respond in Syria? By Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist     We dealt with the Mideast last week, but now there is a pointed question before Congress. This question comes with all sorts of moral parameters, so I would like to hear your answers to it as religious clergy, laity and scholars: “Should Congress …

Amy at Texas Faith: Is the West getting any better at handling religious conflict?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is the West getting any better at handling religious conflict?

TEXAS FAITH: Why isn’t the West getting any better at handling religious conflict? Or are we? By Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist wmckenzie@dallasnews.com   We are headed once again into a drama in the Mideast in which religious conflict is playing a serious role. The tension between Shia and Sunni Muslims is part of the dynamic in play in Syria …

Amy/Moonlady at Texas Faith: Was it moral to shut down the Texas Senate? ~  ~ Online/Broadcast

Amy/Moonlady at Texas Faith: Was it moral to shut down the Texas Senate? ~ ~ Online/Broadcast

TEXAS FAITH: Was it moral to shut down the Texas Senate? Last week’s week’s filibuster in the Texas Senate stopped an abortion bill and catapulted Sen. Wendy Davis to national political attention. Television stories beamed pictures of hundreds of cheering, jeering protesters who shut down Senate business while Republican leaders struggled to regain control. In the end, the bill that …

Amy at Texas Faith: After the election, how do we become one?

Amy at Texas Faith: After the election, how do we become one?

This week’s question: “What is the message that different faith traditions can send about the [post election] importance of being one?”   AMY MARTIN, Executive Director, Earth Rhythms; Writer/editor, Moonlady Media The most important thing to remember is that there is only one God or divine. Instead too many act like there is a God that supports Christians and another …

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