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Tag: religion

May
7th

No rosebuds for discriminating against gay customers

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Opponents of same-sex marriage have rallied around a Richland florist who is being sued by the state attorney general’s office and the ACLU for refusing to provide flowers for a gay couple’s wedding. But the core issue isn’t same-sex marriage; it’s the consumer’s right not to face discrimination.

Florist Barronelle Stutzman says she is religiously opposed to same-sex marriage because of her Christian beliefs, and she has every right to hold that opinion. She just doesn’t have the right to impose it in the commercial marketplace.

State anti-discrimination and consumer protection law is clear: Merchants cannot refuse goods and service to someone because of race, creed, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, military status or disability.

Would Stutzman’s supporters defend her if she Read more »

March
7th

Rick Santorum and the wall of church-state separation

This editorial appears in Wednesday’s print edition.

American tradition may keep church and state at arm’s length, but it doesn’t prevent candidates from bringing religion into politics – as Rick Santorum is the latest to prove.

The Republican presidential candidate has struggled to clarify one metaphysically tinged statement after another, including his assertion that Barack Obama harbors a “phony theology.” (Santorum later said he was talking about the president’s world view, not questioning his Christianity.)

But if we’re getting all picky about words, Santorum was right on one point: “Absolute” separation of church and state isn’t what America is about. Read more »

May
20th

Soundtrack for the end of the world

Having an end-of-the-world party? If you believe 89-year-old Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping – and who am I to say he’s a deluded nut case? – Judgment Day is coming. At 6 p.m. PDT Saturday, to be precise.

That’s when a powerful, worldwide earthquake is supposed to hit, throwing open all the graves. The righteous will ascend to heaven in the Rapture and the sinners will be left in torment to endure the chaos and destruction that will be rained down on Earth.

Guess that mean I don’t have to plan dinner for Saturday. Well, maybe I’ll pick up

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Sep.
3rd

Burqa ban in France? And not by the fashion police?

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

The French haven’t had such a to-do about fabric since the advent of the miniskirt.

But the current controversy gripping France – whether or not to ban the burqa worn by some conservative Muslim women – has rien to do with couture and everything to do with the tricky dilemma of balancing religious rights in a secular society.

The issue has created interesting common ground between the right and left. Some on the right see the burqa as a gauche symbol of a brand of radical Islam whose followers set themselves apart from the wider French society and its values. And some on the left see the burqa, and the slightly less concealing niqab (the woman’s eyes are not covered), as a sign of degradation and inégalité.

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Sep.
3rd

Friday’s editorials: Medicare reform, French burqas

Washington’s congressional delegation has long railed against Medicare reimbursement rates that penalize this state for having an efficient health care system. They shouldn’t squander the opportunity to finally do something about them in the health care legislation before Congress.
UPDATE: We’re holding this editorial and running one about the court ruling on the Kent teacher strike instead.

The controversy gripping France – whether or not to ban the burqa worn by some conservative Muslim women – has nothing to do with couture and everything to do with the tricky dilemma of balancing religious rights in a secular society.

If

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