The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meets Monday in Baltimore for its national meeting claiming to be 'under siege:' from a broader culture moving toward accepting marriage equality; a White House they often condemn as hostile to Catholic teaching; and state legislatures that church leaders claim are chipping away at religious liberty.
Tomorrow night, November 15, the Park 51 Islamic Center and the Center for Inquiry NYC will host A New Way to Be Nonreligious at Harvard and Beyond, and the launch of two new initiatives spearheaded by the Humanist Chaplaincy of Harvard University.
The United States Commission on Civil Rights has recently delivered a report to Congress and the President titled "Peer-to-Peer Violence and Bullying: Examining the Federal Response," assessing the impact of bullying and violence in schools.
Maryland's Roman Catholic bishops recently released a 16-page statement claiming a marriage equality law would lead to violations of First Amendment rights. The statement called on parishioners to act against any proposal for a marriage equality law.
The Michigan Catholic Conference expressed dismay at the religious exemption clause in "Matt's Safe School Law." Although the Conference originally supported the bill, they withdrew their support when the religious exemption clause was added.
In a letter to the editor, Rev. Jamie Washington, associate pastor of the Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore, pointed out The Baltimore Sun’s missed opportunity to highlight the contributions and impact of black LGBT-affirming congregations in their editorial "Marriage equality and race" (Nov. 1).