Amy at Texas Faith: Are gay rights, religious rights on a collision course?

Amy at Texas Faith: Are gay rights, religious rights on a collision course?

question by Joel Thornton   It’s been three weeks since the Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage, and most of the hoopla has died down. But that doesn’t mean the pro- and anti- sides are any closer together on one of the most contentious issues in a generation. A common theme from Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton …

Amy at Texas Faith: Percent of Nones rises as Christian numbers decline

Amy at Texas Faith: Percent of Nones rises as Christian numbers decline

Texas Faith: Are there cracks in America’s Christian foundation? Question by Joel Thornton   The latest Pew study on religion wasn’t great news for America’s Christian churches. In the last seven years, the percentage of adults identifying themselves as Christians has dropped from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent… But the group making the biggest splash is “Nones” – atheists, agnostics …

Texas Faith: When is a city ban on feeding the poor an infringement on religious liberty?

Texas Faith: When is a city ban on feeding the poor an infringement on religious liberty?

TEXAS FAITH: When is a city ban on feeding the poor an infringement on religious liberty? Question by Wayne Slater That’s this week’s question: Is a city ban on feeding the homeless in a public place an infringement on religious freedom?   AMY MARTIN, writer/editor Moonlady Media and president emeritus, Earth Rhythms Fort Lauderdale’s ban on feeding the homeless in …

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; …

Amy at Texas Faith: Is religion to blame for the conflicts around the world?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is religion to blame for the conflicts around the world?

TEXAS FAITH: Is religion to blame for the conflicts around the world? Question by Wayne Slater Image by Todd Slater   The military crisis in Iraq is typically described in religious terms – a millennia-old conflict between Sunni and Shia. No doubt the sectarian divide has fueled tensions and defined the war. It has given critics ammunition to argue against sending …

Amy at Texas Faith: In faith and gender politics, what does submission mean — as in, submissive spouse?

Amy at Texas Faith: In faith and gender politics, what does submission mean — as in, submissive spouse?

TEXAS FAITH: In faith and gender politics, what does submission mean — as in, submissive spouse? Question by Wayne Slater   When Sarah Palin ran for vice president, as Hillary Clinton considers a race for president and with Wendy Davis actively engaged in a bid for governor, one aspect of that culture war is what it means in religious terms …

Amy at Texas Faith: Is it crazy to pray for your team to win the Super Bowl?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is it crazy to pray for your team to win the Super Bowl?

TEXAS FAITH: Is it crazy to pray for your team to win the Super Bowl? Question by Wayne Slater Two things Americans take seriously are religion and football. With the Super Bowl set for Sunday, here’s a question: Why do so many people pray for their favorite sports team to win? Is it just a ritual? An act of faith? …

Amy at Texas Faith: Can you have morality without the existence of God?

Amy at Texas Faith: Can you have morality without the existence of God?

TEXAS FAITH: Can you have morality without the existence of God? Question by Wayne Slater When President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty exactly 50 years ago, advocates called it the moral obligation of a wealthy nation. Johnson said he was doing it not because it was efficient or helpful or politically expedient (which, of course, it was for liberals), …

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: What relevance does Pope Francis have beyond the Catholic Church?

Amy at Texas Faith: What relevance does Pope Francis have beyond the Catholic Church?

TEXAS FAITH: What relevance does Pope Francis have beyond the Catholic Church?   question by:Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist Pope Francis made quite a splash when he said last week in response to a question about a priest being gay: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” As …

Amy at Texas Faith: Is belief overrated?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is belief overrated?

TEXAS FAITH: Is belief overrated? By Bill McKenzie / Editorial Columnist wmckenzie@dallasnews.com 3:47 pm on June 25, 2013 | Permalink         Let’s return to an issue that we dealt with back in April, when I asked you all a question about belief. The question dealt with what it means that we may believe differently about different things. …

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