Nearly 6-in-10 Americans affirm American exceptionalism that God has granted America a special role in human history. Those affirming this view are more likely to support military interventions and to say torture is sometimes justified.
Despite a groundswell of support from the public to stop young people from taking their lives, the ongoing sanctioning by our government of lesser treatment for gay people is clearly missing from the dialogue.
There is disagreement within the Christian community when it comes to issues of human sexuality. But, there should be a united front against all who would disrespect anyone created in the image of God.
These ghastly candidates all profess their love for this country at all costs, maligning their way through elections, campaigning on ego, aggression and "sameness," ("I AM YOU"), rather than on ability.
I know that many parents find it difficult to discuss sexuality with their teens, but discussion is crucial if we want our teens to develop good self-esteem, embrace their own differences, and accept what is different in others.
The Christian community must reach out more compassionately to gay and lesbian youths. Here is a prayer I composed for all who feel excluded, rejected, marginalized, shamed or made fun of, in any way or place, religious or otherwise.
Tyler Clementi isn't dead because he was gay. Yes, he had his personal life splashed all over the internet because was gay. But this doesn't explain why his tormentors felt no compunction about violating his privacy in such an egregious and cruel manner.