The church certainly has the right as a private institution to believe what they want and to act accordingly. However, they simply do not have the right to bring that discrimination into the public sphere.
Coastal advocates like much, though not all, of what they've read in the national, oil-spill commission report released this month, and instead of stashing the document in a desk drawer, they plan to stay engaged and speak up about its ideas.
Jesus said that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. I invited Beck to a civil and respectful conversation about the issues at stake here, but he has chosen a different path.
One night every year, volunteers walk thousands of miles on the grids of the city, Queen, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx, and climb through the underworld of the subways lines to count the homeless.
Which is the lesser of two evils: accommodating a few gays and lesbians while providing for 68,000 needy people, or leaving all of those needy people high and dry for the sake of making a statement against gay marriage?
On December 15, 2009, the D.C. Council voted 11-2 in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District. That distresses the Pope and his employees almost as much as sexual abuse of children.