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'I've Been to the Mountaintop' - Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday marks the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life: “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” Here’s a recording and the text of that sermon.... Read more»

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Catholic bishops hold mass for thousands who died crossing border

In the shadow of the border fence that divides Nogales between the United States and Mexico, Roman Catholic leaders celebrated mass on Tuesday in an attempt to highlight the fateful consequences of current U.S. immigration policies.... Read more»

Here's what Mexico is teaching Latin America about gay marriage

Mass same-sex marriages, presided over by the mayor? Yes, and then some.... Read more»

Commentary

With the Big Bang confirmed, what will become of Christianity?

The really big story of the past month ended up as a one-day media splash: the almost certain confirmation of the Big Bang, or inflation theory, of the creation of our universe. It barely made the front pages before slipping back into space.... Read more»1

Commentary

Az, immigration, and LGBT rights: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Gov. Brewer’s veto of SB 1062 came after a nationwide public outcry over the measure — and after four of the state’s largest business groups sent her a letter that expressed their concern over the potential harm it could cause to employers, tourism, job creation, and the overall economy.... Read more»

Analysis

Discrimination? Corporate loopholes? Hobby Lobby’s slippery slope

This term, the Supreme Court will rule on whether the religious beliefs of the owners of Hobby Lobby Stores, a for-profit, secular corporation, can be used as justification to deny the company’s employees the contraceptive health coverage they are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»1

Justices to weigh contraceptive mandate against religious freedom claims

Two businesses are challenging the health law’s birth control coverage requirement on religious freedom grounds.... Read more»

Simple funeral, cremation trends mean changes for mortuaries

These days, most families opt just for cremation, a far less expensive alternative to a traditional funeral and burial.... Read more»

Commentary

'What is religion for, anyway?'

Best-selling author Thomas Cahill reflects on Pope Francis and the astonishing change he brings to the Vatican.... Read more»

Comic: Hatemongering

Judgment Day for Phelps

Fred Phelps, Sr., founder of the Westboro Baptist Church and merchant of hate and prejudice, is near death, according to his son. Update, 3/20: Phelps has died at age 84.... Read more»

Dems slam conservative group behind SB 1062, abortion bill

The advocacy group behind legislation such as SB 1062 and attempts to restrict abortions has too much power over the Legislature, Democratic leaders said Tuesday.... Read more»

Tempe joins Az cities barring discrimination against gays

Just a day after the veto of a controversial bill that would have reinforced the ability of Arizona businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers, the Tempe City Council unanimously voted to join three other cities, including Tucson, that have broadened civil-rights protections for gay and transgender people.... Read more»1

Brewer vetoes SB 1062: 'Could divide Arizona in ways we cannot imagine'

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062 on Wednesday, saying it would “create more problems than it purports to solve… Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination ... I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated.”... Read more»4

As Brewer considers SB 1062, groups make their case at Capitol

Michael Salman’s opinion may not have been the most popular among those gathered Tuesday outside the State Capitol, but it was one he wanted heard. To him, SB 1062, which Democrats, business leaders, civil rights groups and the state’s Republican U.S. senators say deserves a veto, is needed to protect religious freedom in Arizona.... Read more»

Phx printer encouraging businesses to take on SB 1062 through signs

Scott Koehler’s feelings on SB 1062 are no secret to those passing his printing business on North Central Avenue in Phoenix. “Governor Brewer Veto SB 1062 / Bad For Business Bad for Arizona,” reads a banner covering much of the north side of FastSigns on Central.... Read more»

Guest opinion

The other big questions about SB 1062

SB 1062 raises some serious questions about such weighty issues as discrimination, civil rights, freedom of religion, and the proper relationship between church and state. But regardless of one’s view of the measure’s merits, the dispute also raises another set of questions, including: Is this how public policy is supposed to be made?... Read more»

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