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Religion and Politics

No church? Kansas civil servant is fired

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A lawsuit filed against the Kansas secretary of state's office in federal court alleges that Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker fired a woman because she would not attend a Christian religious service.Courtney Canfield, who previously worked as...

Date: 08/20/2015 | Nation & World

A Polish Jew reaches out to save Syrian Christians

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Switch to civil unions would resolve debate

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two...

Date: 07/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Don’t change cannabis buffers

Only a week after setting its regulations and zoning for operation of marijuana businesses, the Everett City Council may be asked to reconsider one aspect of the rules: the rejection of a proposed 1,000-foot buffer...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Editorials

After gay marriage, can we move from battleground to common ground?

In recent years, religious freedom — or, more precisely, religious-freedom claims — have been front and center in the battle over same-sex marriage.From bitter debates in Arizona and Indiana to the grand compromise in Utah, proponents and opponents have shouted...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Commentary

With marriage and liberty for all

Viewpoints: Does court's ruling threaten religious liberty?

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary

More reasons to limit carbon

The justifications for taking real and effective steps to slow climate change and limit the amount of carbon and other greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere continue to mount.Recent studies and events now add to the warnings and recommendations about the threat to our...

Date: 06/24/2015 | Editorials

Pope’s climate stance political not spiritual

Pope Francis released an encyclical Thursday on climate change — a draft of which was leaked to the Italian magazine l'Espresso on Monday. The New York Times reports that the encyclical is "eagerly awaited, especially by scientists and environmentalists" —...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

'Our common home'

Viewpoints: Pope Francis calls for action on climate change

Date: 06/21/2015 | Commentary

All are welcome

Edmonds church reconciles to include LGBT

Date: 06/20/2015 | Local News

Volunteer quits Young Life over ban on gay leaders

SNOHOMISH — A woman here is standing up for what she believes is right.Pam Elliott, a volunteer leader for Young Life Snohomish, is leaving the evangelical Christian ministry after being asked to...

Date: 06/11/2015 | Local News

1 reason ­— and counting — to separate religion, politics

Several years ago, I heard Republican strategist Karl Rove give a most eloquent answer to a question about his faith, rendered here from memory:"Faith is a gift that, unfortunately, I have not received."I feel the same way about reality shows.

Date: 06/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why is GOP infatuated with the Duggars?

Why did Republicans embrace the Duggars in the first place?Rick Santorum no longer digs the Duggars.Back in 2012, I watched the Republican presidential candidate campaign in Iowa alongside Jim Bob Duggar and several of his many children — the celebrity...

Date: 06/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Suspensions revoked for teen who preached at Cascade High School

EVERETT — A Cascade High School senior who was suspended three times for loudly preaching at the school has had his suspensions erased from his record by a federal judge.The student, Michael Leal, was disciplined after...

Date: 05/30/2015 | Local News

Religious rights

UW prof explores how religions treat human beings

Date: 05/23/2015 | Local News

Pope or Palin? You decide

A columnist for The Guardian newspaper, Kristina Keneally, a self-described "progressive Catholic" accuses Pope Francis of being nothing...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Editorials

Freedom best antidote to counter Islamic State

WASHINTON, D.C. -- As Arab leaders gather for discussions at Camp David this week, the Obama administration is quietly debating a revision of its strategy against the Islamic State to reflect a U.S. assessment that the terrorist group poses a global threat.Given the swirling...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Respect for faith a casualty of presidential campaign

It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians — inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party's base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.Of course, religious folks come in a variety of stripes, checks...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Decades may pass before Mideast storms blow over

Will the Middle East be as unstable 10 years from now as it is today? I asked that question this week to a class of students at Harvard's Kennedy School. About half answered yes — that things will be as bad or worse, no matter what America does.These Harvard graduate...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Assisted suicide doesn’t offer dignity that is sought

The assisted-suicide movement is the rare self-proclaimed civil rights movement that exists to cater to the wishes of affluent Americans. On Tuesday, the California Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on SB 128, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in the state. (Proponents don't...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Quick turn-around shows most on right side of history

The only purpose of the "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and other states is to assert that discrimination against gay people is acceptable. The only way to "fix" such measures is to repeal them.As events this week have shown, the nation is...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Our response when rights clash

It's worth noting that the authors of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights felt the subject of religious liberty important enough that they addressed it succinctly in the first 16 words of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Editorials

Indiana unveils changes to religion bill; Arkansas in flux

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers on Thursday announced changes they plan to make to the state’s new religious-objections law aimed at quelling widespread criticism from businesses and others who have called the proposal anti-gay.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Nation & World

Respect would aid debate on our freedoms

Excited protests against Indiana's recently passed religious freedom law have highlighted both America's growing support for same-sex marriage and our apparent incapacity to entertain more than one idea at a time.The law in question is a version of the 1993 federal Religious...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

People leading on gay rights; Will R’s follow?

The good news for Republicans: They have a path to victory in 2016. The bad news for Republicans: They are not on that path.At the moment, in fact, they have wandered into a dense thicket and are picking nettles from their skin while being bitten by mosquitoes.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Christian florists, others have right to decide who they sell to

"There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Apple chief executive Tim Cook warned Monday in a Washington Post opinion piece against Indiana's newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It matters not to the corporate big shot that...

Date: 04/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Israel’s survival depends on two states

Eleven years ago, I carried my infant daughter into a synagogue basement and plunged her tiny body, head to toe, underwater.She emerged sputtering and coughing, then wailing, and the procedure, immersion in a Jewish ritual bath called mikvah, felt barbaric. But it was for an...

Date: 03/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lynnwood church helps families of beheaded Egyptian Christians

LYNNWOOD — Flowers and messages of support are coming for the people of a church here as they mourn the loss of fellow Egyptian Christians at the hands of Islamic extremists.

Date: 03/16/2015 | Local News

Calls for national religion threaten our freedoms

Thanks to the First Amendment, the United States is arguably the most religiously diverse — and most religiously free — society on earth.But not all Americans welcome the new religious America.Consider the flap in Idaho this week when a session of the...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Commentary

Reclaiming Islam

Viewpoints: What you might not know about Muslim faith

Date: 02/22/2015 | Commentary

Policy has a place in standing up to ISIS

The causes of extremism in the Middle East are complex. We ought to be suspicious of simplistic explanations. Causes include the historic failure of Arab societies to achieve democratic governments that provide for political participation and broad-based economic...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Commentary

'Church of martyrs'

Lynnwood's Copts mourn slain Christians

Date: 02/19/2015 | Local News

Was murder victims' Muslim faith a relevant detail?

As soon as the news broke Tuesday evening, anyone near a TV, radio or computer heard that three Muslim students were murdered near the University of North Carolina.My immediate thought was, "Oh, my God, not Muslims."That very same day, we had gotten...

Date: 02/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Where Obama was wrong on religion, history

There is no doubt that President Obama's remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also — let's face it — glib, facile and patronizing.I must immediately dissociate myself from the bombastic...

Date: 02/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Michelle Obama had a choice; women in Saudi Arabia don't

First lady Michelle Obama made an important statement when she showed up in Saudi Arabia with her husband Tuesday to mourn the death of King Abdullah and meet successor King Salman. Though the first lady dressed in a fashion respectful of Saudi custom — in black pants and a long,...

Date: 02/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

‘Never again’ must be ‘never ever’ for Iran

Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of "never again" on Tuesday's 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance.It has become routine. If the kosher-grocery...

Date: 01/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a “balanced approach” in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom.

Date: 01/27/2015 | Nation & World

Analyzing the pope’s words about women

Forget E.F. Hutton. It's P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen.And then they get busy trying to figure out what he was really saying. Even non-Catholics are keen to study his words, so surprised and delighted are they to hear a pope say things that...

Date: 01/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

We should be showing same bravery as the French

Here's what I love about the French: They've long understood the dangers presented by radical Islam. French President Francois Hollande swiftly called the deadly Wednesday shooting at Paris' Charlie Hebdo magazine "an act of exceptional barbarity," without doubt a terrorist...

Date: 01/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pope and politics

Viewpoints: Heed Francis's words on global warming?

Date: 01/04/2015 | Commentary

Pope has sought a change in message, not in doctrine

News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes...

Date: 11/24/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Student sues Everett schools over his on-campus proselytizing

EVERETT — A student at Cascade High School is suing the Everett School District in federal court for violating his constitutional free-speech rights.

Date: 11/21/2014 | Local News

Issue in Houston is signatures not sermons

If you believe Houston Mayor Annise Parker, then you have to believe that when lawyers for her city subpoenaed five local pastors and demanded copies of their sermons, the episode represented an unfortunate instance of lawyer overreach, with no intent to harass or intimidate the...

Date: 10/22/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Syrian pastor visits Snohomish to spread words of peace

SNOHOMISH — He was here promoting peace.

Date: 10/04/2014 | Local News

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