Hobby Lobby, Satanists, and Pro-Life Propaganda

August 4th, 2014
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The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was supposed to be a narrow ruling. Religious liberty would only allow for disregarding laws as they applied to a mandate for employers to provide coverage for contraception. It was … Continue reading

Patty Duke Becomes Ordained to Marry Gay Couples

June 18th, 2014
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In a move illustrating the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage, TV legend Patty Duke recently became an ordained minister online in the Universal Life Church. The actress, whom many will remember from her roles in The Patty Duke Show and … Continue reading

The World’s Most Beautiful Sacred Architecture

May 19th, 2014
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For millennia humans have been building grand structures to symbolize our deepest religious convictions. Some of these structures are mere relics eroded away by time, while others are only beginning to show signs of crumbling down into ruins. Some have … Continue reading

The Growth of Bible Skepticism in America

April 14th, 2014
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“For the Bible tells me so”. Most Christians in America probably remember singing these very words as children in Sunday school. It is a simple proclamation that if the “Good Book” says so, you can be sure it is true. … Continue reading

The Wedding Vow: Ever Changing Pledge of Devotion

April 9th, 2014
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“To have and to hold”. “To love and to cherish”. Such phrases have left an indelible mark on our understanding of what it means to unite in holy matrimony, at least in Western Christianity. But what are the origins of … Continue reading

Responding to the Death of Fred Phelps

March 24th, 2014
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“God Hates Fags”. The phrase has become synonymous with bigotry in the United States, particularly the fundamentalist Christian cult known as the Westboro Baptist Church. A new chapter in the church’s history began on the 19th of March with the … Continue reading

The Problem with Arizona’s “Religious Freedom” Bill

February 26th, 2014
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  How would you like to walk into a diner, sit yourself down at the counter, and order a coffee and apple pie only to be told you have the wrong skin color? It wasn’t very long ago that such … Continue reading

Spring Returns with the Pagan Festival of Imbolc

February 4th, 2014
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With a swath of North America experiencing snow and freezing temperatures, Spring couldn’t seem further away. Undaunted by this, many Pagans ushered in the season with Imbolc celebrations. Imbolc, which normally falls on 1 or 2 February, marks the astronomical … Continue reading

ULC Ministers Join in “Robot Wedding” Trend

January 31st, 2014
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How would you like your wedding officiant to be C-3PO, the saucer-eyed bronze-plated android from Star Wars? Perhaps you would prefer to have his counterpart, the garbage-bin-shaped R2-D2, as your ring-bearer. The concept is not as far-fetched as it may … Continue reading

Resurgence of Exorcism Raises Moral Questions

January 29th, 2014
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Ministers ordained online have long performed weddings, baptisms, and funerals, but what about exorcisms? Does battling “demonic possession” have a legitimate place in church operations, or is it a dangerous throwback to medieval superstition? Writer and civil rights activist Eliyahu … Continue reading