Gonna get political for a sec. Here’s how I feel about the United States potentially invading Syria (it’s being discussed):
Honestly, my guess is there’s oil or some other factor involved that the U.S. has a personal interest in in Syria. Atrocities happen all over the world, but we only seems to think some of them are worth getting involved in (presumably the ones our politicians think the U.S. can gain something from). That may sound a little conspiracy theory-esque, but pretty sure we never did find those supposed WMDs in Iraq…
Mr. Putin’s campaign against lesbian, gay and bisexual people is one of distraction, a strategy of demonizing a minority for political gain taken straight from the Nazi playbook. Can we allow this war against human rights to go unanswered? Although Mr. Putin may think he can control his creation, history proves he cannot: his condemnations are permission to commit violence against gays and lesbians.
Russia’s Anti-Gay Crackdown
We want an end to the culture wars. We want a truce between science and faith. We want to be known for what we stand for, not what we are against. We want to ask questions that don’t have predetermined answers. We want churches that emphasize an allegiance to the kingdom of God over an allegiance to a single political party or a single nation. We want our LGBT friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities. We want to be challenged to live lives of holiness, not only when it comes to sex, but also when it comes to living simply, caring for the poor and oppressed, pursuing reconciliation, engaging in creation care and becoming peacemakers.
Why millennials are leaving the church
Just to clarify: marriage equality was not legalized across the country today. However, today’s supreme court decisions will strengthen marriage equality laws in states that have already passed them, encourage other states to pass pro-equality legislation, and almost certainly lead to an even bigger supreme court case in a few years that WILL legalize marriage equality nationwide.
Today is Loving Day, the anniversary of a 1967 supreme court ruling that struck down interracial marriage bans in 17 states. This month, the court will be issuing rulings on multiple cases regarding same-sex marriage. I hope equality wins now as it did then.
An often used argument against any gun control proposal is that it won’t stop ALL criminals from securing or using firearms, and therefore it is not something worth doing. However, if the test for any law is whether it TOTALLY solves the problem being addressed, then no action would be ever taken addressing so many of society’s important issues. For example, why require the use of seat belts if wearing a seat belt does not ALWAYS save a life in an accident? Why prohibit people from carrying guns onto planes if it doesn’t eliminate ALL risk of hijacking? Why prohibit providing assistance to terrorists if it doesn’t stop ALL terrorist acts?