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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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

November 14, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Remove all government prayer

Atheists are treated like second-class citizens The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Greece v. Galloway, which involved Christian prayers at City Council meetings [“Supreme Court hears case on public prayer,” News, Nov. 7]. Nondenominational prayers would be better than sectarian prayers, but it’s not acceptable to atheists, who don’t pray. If the court were consistent…

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Comments | More in government, Religion | Topics: government, religion

October 28, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Mars Hill Church is not convincing

Relocation is based on money, not God’s will So let me get this straight, the Mars Hill congregation of 2,500 people believe that God is monitoring and telling them where their church should relocate? [“Mars Hill eyes Sound Transit land in Bellevue for church,” page one, Oct. 25]. God has so many issues facing our planet, for…

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September 24, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Pope Francis shakes up Vatican hierarchy, dogma

A welcome change I find it extraordinarily refreshing that Pope Francis has articulated and emphasized the core values of the Catholic faith — service to the poor and marginalized that acknowledges the divine in all individuals — by de-emphasizing the rigid dogma that has pitted Catholics on opposite sides of the religious spectrum for the past…

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Comments | More in Catholic Church, Religion | Topics: Catholic, dogma, faith

September 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Death with dignity in Catholic hospitals

Catholic health care is dignified I read with stunned disbelief Tom Preston’s guest column. [“Defend death with dignity in Catholic-run medical facilities,” Opinion, Sept. 2.] I was particularly amazed at that last line: “A peaceful death, surrounded by loved ones, is a choice that should be respected, honored and treated with the dignity every person deserves.” That…

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Comments | More in Health care, Politics | Topics: death, Death with Dignity, health care

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