Amy at Texas Faith: Is torture ever justified in American policy?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is torture ever justified in American policy?

What does your faith say about enhanced interrogation – about torture – as an instrument of American policy in a dangerous world? Question by Wayne Slater   AMY MARTIN, President Emeritus – Earth Rhythms In Taoism, to struggle is to do things the hard way. It’s not just foolish; it’s a spiritual death wish. The Taoism sacred text, the Tao …

Amy at Texas Faith: A cup of coffee and other holy rituals

Amy at Texas Faith: A cup of coffee and other holy rituals

Texas Faith: A cup of coffee and other holy rituals question by Rudolph Bush Every faith has its rituals. Hopefully these help put us in the mind of being with God and make us more present in our prayer. Our lives have their little rituals too. In a recent article,Rabbi Patrick “Aleph” Beaulier wrote about the ritual of a morning …

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 …

Religious liberty vs equal rights in Houston

Religious liberty vs equal rights in Houston

TEXAS FAITH: Is it ever right to subpoena religious sermons? Question by Wayne Slater   What are the limits, if any, of religious leaders to speak out as a matter of religious faith without facing a government subpoena? We asked our Texas Faith panel of religious leaders, theologians, academics and faith-based activists what they thought of the clash between faith …

Amy at Texas Faith: Falling into sin

Amy at Texas Faith: Falling into sin

Texas Faith: Falling into sin Question by Rudolph Bush   Most of us agree on the difference between right and wrong. It is wrong to steal; it is wrong to commit adultery; it is wrong to kill. The parameters of right and wrong are widely shared in most civil societies. But we often find ourselves, in the practice of everyday …

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 love and marriage, do different faiths really matter in America?

Amy at Texas Faith: In love and marriage, do different faiths really matter in America?

Texas Faith: In love and marriage, do different faiths really matter in America? Question by Rudolph Bush   Recently, I attended the beautiful wedding of two friends, one from a Jewish family and one from a Christian family. The ceremony largely followed the Jewish tradition with occasional mention of the bride’s Christian upbringing. I began to wonder, witnessing this blending …

Amy at Texas Faith: What’s the best way for people of one faith tradition to engage people of another?

Amy at Texas Faith: What’s the best way for people of one faith tradition to engage people of another?

TEXAS FAITH: What does Southwestern Baptist acceptance of a Muslim student say about one faith engaging another? Question by Wayne Slater The decision by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to admit a Palestinian Muslim to the school’s Ph.D. archaeology program has stirred attention. For one thing, the decision was an exception to the seminary’s admissions policy. Southern Baptist seminaries have historically …

Amy at Texas Faith: How should we suffer?

Amy at Texas Faith: How should we suffer?

Texas Faith: How should we suffer? Question by Rudolph Bush   The Lenten season is closing now in Holy Week. It comes around each year to remind Christians of Christ’s suffering and the suffering that we all endure in life. But, of course, the question of suffering extends to all faiths and is experienced by people regardless of religion. David …

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 …

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