A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday deemed that prayers said before town meetings are not in violation of the Constitution, Reuters reports.
In a Rochester, New York suburb, a Jewish resident and an atheist resident filed a suit against the town of Greece stating they were made "uncomfortable" by town officials who "overwhelmingly" picked Christian members of the public to recite prayers before meetings, states the report. Despite this revelation, however, the town's policy is to not single out one religion over another.The court maintained that prayer is fundamental and historical to America and in no way violates the First Amendment, even if it is exclusively one religion. The tight 5-4 decision indicates the conservative/liberal fault line within the court on the issue. Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Samuel Alito Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas joined the court's majority opinion Justice Anthony Kennedy in favor of the Christian prayers. Kennedy wrote:
The town of Greece does not violate the First Amendment by opening its meetings with prayer that comports with our tradition and does not coerce participation by nonadherents. So long as the town maintains a policy of nondiscrimination, the Constitution does not require it to search beyond its borders for non-Christian prayer givers in an effort to achieve religious balancing...That nearly all of the congregations in town turned out to be Christian does not reflect an aversion or bias on the part of town.
These ceremonial prayers strive for the idea that people of many faiths may be united in a community of tolerance and devotion. Our tradition assumes that adult citizens, firm in their own beliefs, can tolerate and perhaps appreciate a ceremonial prayer delivered by a person of a different faith.Read full story on www.truthrevolt.org
The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world’s Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband.
Bishop Gene Robinson has never been fully accepted within the more than 70 million-member Anglican Communion, which is rooted in the Church of England and represented in the United States by the Episcopal Church.
Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012.
OK, first the pink elephant in the room. All of you “bigoted,” “homophobic,” “anti-gay” opponents of “marriage equality” who happen to live in “marriage reality,” please join me as we set aside, for the moment, the inescapable cognitive dissonance associated with the Huxleyan turn of phrase: “plans to divorce his husband.”
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A female neighbor tiptoed over, all pitying smiles, to show me, the hapless man, how to use the laundry room dryer. I’d been living in the building for six years, washing clothes once a week, which means I’d worked that dryer over 300 times. I am a spin-drying genius. “Thank you so much,” I smiled at her, swallowing back the words, “and you’re a sexist.”
Would I have preferred her to know who I am — a househusband, a homeboy, the man of the housekeeping? Or would I have found that emasculating?
My wife and I made a deal 12 years ago. I would leave my office job to pursue my dream of getting a novel published, taking on freelance work (I compile crosswords) while writing fiction. But I would be earning less than before. In return, I would look after the house.
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