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Tag: religion


PLU: Let faculty vote on forming a union

Re: “PLU fights effort to form contingent faculty union” (TNT, 4-30).

Pacific Lutheran University claims that, as a religiously affiliated institution, it has the right to block the efforts of contingent faculty to form a union to address pay and benefits inequities. This is not a matter of government or religious jurisdiction; it is a matter of human dignity and justice.

PLU relies on a large group of highly trained contingent faculty who make up almost half the total faculty. The lecturers, senior lecturers, instructors, clinical faculty, visiting faculty and resident faculty are all “contingent,” meaning their employment relies

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RELIGION: Another tradition worth tolerating

Re: “As times change, will tolerance for tradition be tolerated?” (TNT, 3-28)

The playing field will finally be level. Traditional faiths have always felt free to be intolerant with impunity. Now John Kass is worried about karmic kickbacks.

Chill! Have some lovely coconut shrimp while lounging in your polyblend PJs.

How about if we all just practice a good old tradition: “Do unto others …” Now there’s a tradition worth tolerating.


FRANCIS: Pray for interfaith peace and understanding

I want to congratulate the Catholic Church and Pope Francis on his election to the office of pope. I pray that he can bring about interfaith peace and understanding through his leadership. As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, we understand the importance of leadership and its role in bringing about peace between the various faith communities worldwide.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has always believed and practiced interfaith peace stemming from the teaching of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Prophet Muhammad invited Christians of his time to interfaith dialogue and guaranteed religious freedom. The Holy Quran, the holy scripture of

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RELIGION: Several European governments collect tax for churches

Re: “New pope should heed predecessor’s warning” (TNT, 3-15).

Chicago Tribune writer John Kass refers to “the stridently secular big-government West that regards Christianity as a competitor, an obstacle to overcome, if not an outright threat to squash.”

Kass must not know that in Europe, some governments withhold taxes from paychecks that are earmarked for churches. The only way out is to renounce religion, which most people don’t do because it alienates them from their community and results in the loss of privileges, such as burial in church cemeteries.

He must not know that no serious politician in the United

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SHOOTING: We must welcome God back into schools, government

Like many others, I am deeply concerned about the direction our country is going. The main reason, I believe, is a lack of morality.

While the Connecticut atrocity is fresh in our minds, and many are looking for answers, I would offer that the only solution is to turn to God. Rather than ban him from our schools and government, and belittling him in our society, humbly and sincerely welcome him back. Instead of saturating our culture with immorality, seek good things that don’t harm others.

If we continue to reject him we are doomed. Thank you and God bless

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VETERANS: War memorial excludes many faiths

For those of you that have not seen the religious monument at War Memorial Park by the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, let me describe it.

Above the monument is a faded photograph of three caucasian gentlemen with a caption that reads: “The religious monument paying tribute to the courage and patriotism of Americans of all faiths was dedicated in March 1961. The brass symbols are mounted on a block of sandstone, which itself rests on a concrete base.”

These brass symbols? A cross and a Star of David.

If you believe that Christianity and Judaism represent all faiths in our military

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R-74: Measure isn’t about religion, reproduction

Referendum 74 is about human rights. It’s about the freedom of two adult persons to enter into a legal union that is equivalent to every other legal union in this state.

Heterosexual couples where one or more partner is infertile are allowed to marry, though they will never bear children. So this isn’t about reproduction.

Heterosexual couples where both persons are not religious are allowed to marry. So this isn’t about a religious definition of marriage. Many religions approve of marriage equality, and they should not have their rights to perform same-sex unions prohibited by law. So this isn’t an

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POLITICS: Shun the sin of ‘trickle-down’

I am uncomfortable labeling myself an atheist and find it more troubling to accept faith and magic. I love Jean-Paul Sarte’s quotes and his one about his grandmother was a classic: “She believed in nothing, only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.”

I remember those callow, less cynical days when church was a staple and holy rolling was a Sunday feast for the soul. When called to the altar, I would feel the tug and the inner battle would begin: the promise of a future rapture and freedom from all the evil my 10 years of living could

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