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Gay marriage in the ‘Land of Lincoln’: Faith, freedom and frustration

 This week in Springfield, Illinois, the statue of Abraham Lincoln was draped in a rainbow flag as thousands held a … Continued

Oprah interview stirs debate: What is an atheist?

RNS () — What was supposed to be a touchy-feely, one-on-one interview by Oprah Winfrey with long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad … Continued

‘Secular safe zones’ offer campus shelter to atheist students

RNS () — The small sticker on professor Robert Schmidt’s office door isn’t just a decoration — it’s a beacon … Continued

Love is greater than faith

The first thing I did when I read the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in the cases involving the Defense of … Continued

Ex-gay group Exodus International shuts down, president apologizes

Exodus International, a group that bills itself as “the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality,” announced … Continued

Exodus International ‘reparative therapy’ organization to shut down

<iframe src=”″ height=”338″ width=”600″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe> Talk about a one-man culture war. The president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, issued … Continued

A growing presence in the LGBT rights movement: The religious

Supporters of gay marriage react outside the James R. Browning United States Courthouse after a federal appeals court declared California’s … Continued

One Scouts ban remains intact: Atheists

The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to accept openly gay Scouts has raised the question: Are atheists and … Continued

John Paulk, former Christian ex-gay spokesman, recants and apologizes

John Paulk, who for years was known as the poster boy for the Christian “ex-gay” movement, has formally renounced his … Continued

Mormons say they’re OK with change in Scouts’ gay policy

SALT LAKE CITY — The compromise proposal from the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay youths — while continuing … Continued

Archbishop of Canterbury to meet with gay rights activist

CANTERBURY, England — The new archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will hold talks with gay rights leader Peter Tatchell on … Continued

What atheists can learn from the gay rights movement

I’m not gay. But I am jealous. How did homosexuality shift in public opinion from less respectable than atheism to … Continued

Jews trek to the Mojave Desert for a visceral Passover

More than 3,000 years ago, the Israelites escaped bondage in Egypt and made themselves into a nation in the Sinai … Continued

What Christians should learn from Dan Cathy

Tim Carman/The Washington Post See also –What gay rights activists should learn from Shane Windmeyer On Monday it came out … Continued

Years of tension yield to thaw between gays, Mormons

SALT LAKE CITY — After years of tension between Mormons and gay rights activists — with political action and theological … Continued

New Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby inherits a divided Anglican Communion

CANTERBURY, England — Bishop Justin Welby, a former oil executive who’s emerged as a critic of corporate excess, was named … Continued

Anti-Obama black pastors group has deep conservative ties, records show

Since the Rev. William Owens launched his national campaign in May calling on African-Americans to withdraw their support of President … Continued

Leader of black clergy group: Obama is ‘pandering to the homosexual community’

“Mr. President, I’m not going to stand with you, and we have thousands of others across this country that are … Continued

Chick-Fil-A protest spikes sales for Md. business

Hamil R. Harris Hamil R. Harris Crowds of patrons line up inside and outside of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Landover. … Continued

Christians can change their minds on homosexuality. I know, because I did.

When President Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage, I was thrilled. But I also was filled with a sense … Continued