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A Missed Opportunity for Equal Rights in Houston

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: When voters in Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S., went to the polls earlier this month, a policy on the ballot extending equal rights protections to many groups was defeated – even though the city council had already approved the measure. But religious leaders and others objecting to public bathroom access for transgender people dominated headlines prior to election day. “Inaccurate and unrealistic fears were spread by opponents of the legislation…almost entirely based on fiction.” Watch my video for more insight and......

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Civilians Under Attack in the Middle East

There have been recent attacks on Israeli citizens who are going about their lives, including a rash of stabbing assaults, and all eyes are on the Israeli response and the efforts to restore some order. While visiting Jerusalem this week, I’m seeing the effects of this recent mayhem in the streets: “It’s not that I’m saying that Israel is blameless all the time, but what’s going on now is terror…People are feeling spooked without letting rage or anger take over.” Watch my recent appearance on The Daily Wrap, discussing this topic:......

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Compassion in California

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: A new bill has been enacted in the state of California known as the “right to die” law, empowering terminally ill patients to legally seek assistance if they decide to end their life. Critics say it’s a step too far toward trying to play God, but the law’s supporters believe a suffering patient’s companions and doctors shouldn’t be penalized for honoring a request that’s ultimately one of comfort and mercy. “How much pain would you tell another person they have to endure?…This really is......

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A Wedding Made Unforgettable by Dad's Decision

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: At Brittany Peck’s wedding in Ohio last month, she reportedly worried about who should walk her down the aisle. Putting her feelings first, her father surprised guests when he reached a hand out to Brittany’s stepfather, pulled him from his seat, put their animosity aside and insisted that he participate in the bride’s entrance. The wedding photos taken by Delia Blackburn have gone viral, and it’s clear why: “There are probably more good partners in our lives than we realize the kind of......

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A Perfect Pope for Our Times

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Millions of Americans have been responding with adoration to Pope Francis on his high-profile visit to this country. The Pope’s knack for blending the pastoral with the political is why I consider him a genius and one of my spiritual teachers, even though I’m not Catholic. “We can all learn from his approach…Have your faith fully engaged but remember dignity to be found among those we disagree with most.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks tells the......

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Let's Talk About Free Speech

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, regents at the University of California-Berkeley declined to enact a proposed policy known as a “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance.” It was a wise move, because the statement itself was an attempt to legislate away what we can only resolve with real relationships and dialogue. Maybe there’s a role for those kinds of rules, about what a person can and can’t say, but we’d all do well to ask, “How will we commit to speaking to each other, about the most divisive......

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When Religion Disrupts the Secular Workday

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: After all the headlines about the county clerk jailed for refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky, a flight attendant named Charee Stanley has now made news for refusing to serve alcohol to airplane passengers. Her claim is that as a devout Muslim, her religion forbids her to perform that task. But where is the religious freedom movement to support her? “If you intuitively stand with one, why don’t you stand with the other just as much since each is looking for accommodation......

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Religious Freedom vs. Imposing Your Faith on Others

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: A county clerk in Kentucky has been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses in accordance with the law. The way I see it, Kim Davis not being allowed to impose her religious views on others – her belief that only heterosexual partners should marry – actually guarantees the religious liberty principle that Americans hold dear. “The bedrock upon which religious freedom rests is the fact that we have laws which protect the religious and personal views of all people, whether any of us......

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The Danger of Being an 'Injustice Collector'

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: A useful detail emerged after the horrific public deaths of TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who were shot while broadcasting live from a bucolic tourism site near Roanoke, VA. Parker’s father is pledging to honor his daughter’s life by advocating for strong gun regulations to save lives in the future; meanwhile, the murderer’s past (as a disgruntled ex-journalist) is why he’s being called a classic injustice collector by an NYPD counterterrorism official observing the case. For each of us, there’s an......

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Amazon's Toxic Workplace: Is a Fix Right on Our Doorstep?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Despite being a company that doesn’t actually net much profit, Amazon has grown to infiltrate the lives of millions of Americans, who rely on the online shopping portal regularly for goods delivered quickly to our offices and homes. As consumers, what can we do about the disturbing new flood of allegations about the toxic culture inside Jeff Bezos’ company? It’s only responsible to ask: “How do we navigate through radically innovative and novel business settings?” Watch my video below for more insight and discussion.......

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