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The Boundaries of Religious Liberty

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The recent anti-gay bills in the Arizona and Kansas legislatures purport to defend the ancient concept of religious liberty, or more broadly, “freedom of conscience”. This is a misunderstanding, if we can use that word to talk about a bill … Continue reading

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Perform A Wedding in New York City

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There are a handful of places in the United States that are “hotspots” for marriages performed by Universal Life Church Monastery ministers. These areas include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and the metropolitan areas of Texas; a myriad of weddings … Continue reading

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Proposition 8 and Religious Equality

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The march toward full legal recognition of same-sex couples has been building up momentum this week with a surprising jump in velocity, beginning with the repeal of Proposition 8. In a 2-1 vote, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Why Homophobia Makes No Sense (Part 2)

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In a recent blog entry titled “10 Reasons Why Homophobia Makes No Sense (Part 1)”, we attempted to refute five arguments used to justify homophobia and deny LGBT people equal rights. Here we will attempt to refute the remaining five. … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Why Homophobia Makes No Sense (Part 1)

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As the Washington State Legislature holds hearings on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state, social conservatives have ramped up their campaign against homosexuality and LGBT rights. The National Organization for Marriage, for instance, has offered to … Continue reading

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Sweden Recognizes "File-Sharing" Religion

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The Swedish government has officially recognized a new religion founded on the practice of file-sharing, called “Kopimism“. Kopimists subscribe to the tenet that information and knowledge are sacred; for them the act of copying and spreading information is a sacrament. … Continue reading

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Pat Robertson: Is Mac and Cheese "A Black Thing"?

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Right-wing fundamentalist Pat Robertson has been known to say some downright odious things on behalf of his faith. No doubt many of our own ministers ordained online are familiar. Recently he said that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease is … Continue reading

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Universal Life Church Monastery Minister Conan O'Brien to Perform Gay Wedding

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Conan O’Brien, the late-night talk show host and comedian, has been officially ordained by the Universal Life Church Monastery. As of October 21st 2010 he joins the ranks of our many celebrity ministers. Conan O’Brien will be commemorating his one-year … Continue reading

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