By Jaweed Kaleem, Huff Post Religion…Nearly half of houses of worship in the United States now allow gay and lesbian members who are in long-term relationships to be members, while close to one in three now let gay and lesbian members hold voluntary leadership posts, according to a new study of more than a thousand American congregations. The statistics, which represent a sharp uptick in acceptance of gay and lesbians in religious communities, are part of Duke University’s latest National Congregations Study, which was previewed this week and will be released in full early next year.
By Briallen Hooper, Huffington Post
It started with Glee. First, former football star Finn saw Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich and started praying to his new “cheesy Lord,” and his prayers were all answered — which was great at first, until suddenly it got a little scary. Then the father of aspiring diva Kurt had a heart attack and ended up in a coma, and Kurt’s atheism was put to the test when all his friends tried to comfort him with spiritual music and prayers. Next, on Modern Family, no-nonsense dad Jay announced to his wife Gloria “I’m done with church!” and headed to the golf course on a Sunday morning. His 10-year-old stepson Manny skipped church based on Jay’s assurance that “there is no hell,” but later, when Jay admitted he couldn’t actually prove that hell doesn’t exist, Manny was propelled into a full-scale religious crisis and started to hyperventilate.
Religions are also constantly changing, developing, becoming something new, and, to some degree, one can never step twice into the same church, synagogue, mosque, or temple, or religious tradition. Meanwhile, the Hutaree (pronounced Hu-TAR-ay)… was going in the other direction, with increasing talk of violence.”