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February 12, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Obama’s theology: A universal truth

Columnist Ross Douthat amusingly demonstrates once again that if President Obama praised a grilled cheese sandwich, Republicans would have to figure out a way to feel abused by either grilling, cheese, sandwiches, or all three [“Obama the Theologian,” Opinion, Feb. 10]. Although stating a simple truth may not be relative in Douthat’s theology,…


Comments | More in Religion | Topics: Joseph Salmon, President Obama, religion

February 10, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Allow only valid medical exemptions to measles immunizations

A dose of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine. (Damian Dovarganes / AP)

As pediatricians, we have seen the benefit of immunization: the elimination of once-common diseases [“It’s time to end all debate on vaccines,” Opinion, Feb. 5]. Every day, we counsel parents about vaccines. We know they want to do what is best for their child. So do we. Most parents accept immunization, but not all. Un-immunized children can acquire and transmit measles — igniting outbreaks and endangering our community.

The public conversation spurred by the current measles outbreak suggests this risk is no longer tolerable. HB 2009 proposes eliminating personal belief exemptions from school immunization requirements. Will this increase immunization rates? Perhaps, but marginally. But it is very likely to


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Douglas J. Opel, Douglas S. Diekema, Edgar K. Marcuse

December 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Homelessness: More churches and other religious properties should open their doors

Per The Seattle Times’ editorial “Mayor Ed Murray and homelessness task force must look for long-term solution” [Opinion, Dec. 22], let me suggest an obvious solution: If every faith-based property (mosque, synagogue, church, whatever) were to open their doors each evening to allow people shelter, homelessness would go away. Where is the compassion supposedly…


Comments | More in homeless | Topics: churches, homeless, homelessness

November 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Kenneth Bae’s release: When proselytizing, church should rescue captives

It is great that the men being held in North Korea got to come home [“Kenneth Bae is finally home after months of painful uncertainty,” Opinion, Nov. 10]. Their families must have been heartsick with worry for them. I am concerned, though, that other people will feel compelled to visit countries without religious…


Comments | More in North Korea | Topics: Cindy Blake, Kenneth Bae, north korea

September 29, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Gay marriage: The Catholic Church isn’t the ‘author’ of norms

Syndicated columnist Frank Bruni skips over the real question when he charges the church for “punishing a same-sex couple for formalizing a relationship that was already obvious, as these men’s partnership was [“When ‘I do’ means you’re done in the Catholic Church,” Opinion, Sept. 24]. Are all interpersonal relationships really “marriages” simply awaiting…


Comments | More in Catholic Church, Gay marriage | Topics: Frank Bruni, gay marriage, Peter D. Beaulieu

September 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Mars Hill Church: Stop the witch-hunt against Mark Driscoll

I fail to understand the constant witch-hunt against Mark Driscoll, the leader of Mars Hill church [“The rise and fall of Mars Hill Church,” Local News, Sept. 13]. If you don’t attend his church, who cares? Yet, it has consumed the front page of The Seattle Times twice recently. It seems to be…


Comments | More in Religion | Topics: Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church, religion

June 26, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Religious people have a duty to understand atheists

Thanks to Danny Westneat for his revealing column about American’s intolerance of atheists [“Poll finds Americans’ growing tolerance stops at atheists,” Local News, June 22].  Based upon this survey, one’s belief in God accounts for 50 percent of the people in this country not feeling comfortable with atheists, especially if they are members of one’s…


Comments | More in Religion | Topics: atheists, christians, Danny Westneat

February 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Religion shouldn’t dictate health care; don’t impose beliefs on others

Religion shouldn’t dictate health care

Kathleen Parker, like many religious people, seems to believe that “religious liberty” means the freedom of those who are religious to impose their beliefs on everyone else with whom they interact, especially those people over whom they have some control, such as employees and also customers [“Obama, practice what you preach,” Opinion, Feb. 9].

This interpretation of “religious liberty” fails to acknowledge that religion should be private and every person should have the right to her or his own religious beliefs and practices. I believe that any state or country that imposes, legalizes or allows the imposition of any religious belief of one person onto another is taking away the “religious liberty” of the other person.

With that reasoning, when employers are allowed to not provide contraceptive health coverage because of their own religious beliefs, they are taking away their employees’ religious freedom. To borrow an observation by Jon Stewart, religious employers are already providing the means to obtain contraception — it is called a paycheck. Why do so few people talk about this other side of religious liberty?

Margaret Garber, Seattle

Don’t impose beliefs on others

Kathleen Parker seems to intentionally ignore that President Obama does “practice what he preaches” in regard to religious freedom. She just doesn’t want to acknowledge what he is actually preaching.


Comments | More in Religion | Topics: Kathleen Parker, Margaret Garber, Obama

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