May 9, 2009
A recent poll from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that 54% of those who regularly attend church at least once a week said the torture of suspected terrorists was “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42% of people who seldom attend church services agreed. What does this say about religion’s role in how we perceive justice? And where do you, and your congregation, come down on this issue? According to this poll the difference is 12%, enough to indicate a definite difference in opinion, but it isn’t a landslide difference.
November 5, 2005
The Supreme Court this week heard arguments in a case that brings up the question of whether the nation's drug laws should ever trump religious freedom. In Gonzales vs. O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao Do Vegetal, the court could reportedly grapple with what happens when a religious ceremony requires consumption of a drug outlawed under the Controlled Substances Act. The case involves a New Mexico religious sect of 130 members that uses a tea made of hallucinogenic substances banned in the U.S. But this sacramental tea has been likened to the wine at a Roman Catholic Mass or unleavened bread at a Passover Seder.