By Dan Merica, CNN
Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.
From the Blog:
CNN: Contraception controversy consumes D.C., campaign
Congressional Democrats and Republicans escalated their rhetorical war Thursday over a pending federal rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women – one day after hints emerged of a possible compromise between the White House and conservative religious critics.
A same-sex marriage bill passed the Washington House and Senate. Rev. Mike Denton approves.
CNN: Opinion: Why I support gay marriage in Washington
Rev. Mike Denton writes that, “Fifteen years ago, gay and lesbian folks were still stepping gingerly around the words “wedding” or “marriage.” It didn’t feel safe and just didn’t seem to be worth the fight so words like “union service” or “commitment service” were used instead.” In a piece special to CNN, Denton writes why he gay marriage legislation in Washington state.
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From @ReligionNewsNow: Boo! Evangelicals are much more likely to believe in ghosts (not the Holy Spirit) than other Christians ow.ly/8YRVe
Baptist Pres: Wash. gay ‘marriage’ bill goes to governor
Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire is on the verge of signing a bill that would legalize gay "marriage," but voters in the state likely will get the last word.
The Guardian: Can a religion survive being stripped of its superstitions?
A recurring criticism I've face in this series is that I talk about religion but focus almost exclusively on the Judaeo-Christian tradition. In some ways that's fair, but given my concerns are with the broader features of religious belief, not the minutiae of doctrinal differences, I'm pretty confident that all or at least most of my main points apply to the monotheistic religions at least, and many are also relevant to others.
The Christian Post: Honor of Dishonor? Tebowing vs. Bradying
"Tebowing" is considered an expression of praise, and has even received its own definition: "to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around is doing something completely different." On the other hand, "Bradying" isn't being seen as necessarily giving off the same meaning as its counterpart.
Religion News Service: Anglican breakaway group confronts new power struggle
The saga of the Anglican Mission in the Americas sounds like the words to an old country song: "Why have you left the one you left me for?" Founded by breakaway Episcopal priests who left their former denomination because they felt it was too liberal, the Anglican Mission is now in the middle of another ugly church feud.
Quote of the Day:
Palestine has to become part of the American vocabulary in the way Americans learn about and digest information, like in the kinds of magazines you read in the Laundromat.
Sarah Schulman, a professor of English at the City University of New York, spoke at a conference for people who believe Israel, due to their relationship with Palestinians, should be boycotted. Schulman and other boycott organizers hope to make their movement more “alive, progressive, increasingly available,” than it has been in the past.
CNN: Opinion: Why I fight to uphold traditional marriage in Washington
Rev. Kenneth Hutcherson writes in an article special to CNN that he is a strong supporter of traditional marriage, “because I am a pastor of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a shepherd that is supposed to lead, feed and protect the flock. Anything the bible says is good for society, I stand on it and I will not compromise on it.”
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GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum addresses a group of pastors Wednesday in McKinney, Texas.
CNN: 10 reasons religious conservatives love Rick Santorum
For all the attention paid to the clout of fiscally focused tea party conservatives and of the primacy of jobs in the 2012 election, Rick Santorum’s trifecta victories Tuesday night are a good reminder of the powerful role religious conservatives play in the GOP. They fueled Santorum’s wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado – and his earlier victory in the Iowa caucuses.