religion http://kplu.org en Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans http://kplu.org/post/gay-rights-advocates-idaho-bills-would-upend-local-discrimination-bans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gay rights advocates say legislation introduced this week in Idaho would undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances passed in seven Idaho cities. The new bills are aimed protecting religious people from activities they say violate their beliefs.</span></p><p>Republican Idaho lawmakers are responding to incidents elsewhere in the Northwest. A <a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/arlenes-flowers">florist in Richland, Wash., faces lawsuits</a> for refusing to provide the flowers for a same-sex wedding. In Oregon, investigators found a baker in Gresham who made a similar stand violated the state's civil rights laws.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13026 at http://kplu.org Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans Seattle-area clergy demand action on guns http://kplu.org/post/seattle-area-clergy-demand-action-guns <p></p><p>Seattle-area clergy from many faiths are presenting a united front against gun violence, demanding specific measures from elected leaders. Representing churches and synagogues, seminaries, mosques and Sikh temples, the religious leaders say it’s time to move beyond simply mourning the slaughter of 26 people in Newtown Connecticut. They say now it’s time for action.</p><p>Evoking a string of mass killings, including one in Seattle last spring, the clergy made the case for changing laws and changing attitudes. Imam Abdullah Polovina is with the Islamic Center of Shoreline.</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:28:46 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7440 at http://kplu.org Seattle-area clergy demand action on guns Young 'Nones' set to transform the political landscape http://kplu.org/post/young-nones-set-transform-political-landscape Culture warriors on the left and right would be wise to carefully examine a new survey from the Pew Research Center showing that a growing number of Americans are moving away from religious labels.<p>The study, titled <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Unaffiliated/nones-on-the-rise.aspx#.UHQPUf3TvfI.facebook">"Nones" on the Rise</a><em>,</em> indicates that 1 in 5 Americans now identifies as "religiously unaffiliated," a group that includes those who say they have no particular religion, as well as atheists and agnostics.<p>Perhaps more instructive is a close look at the age breakdown: If you'r Tue, 09 Oct 2012 22:00:44 +0000 Scott Neuman 6655 at http://kplu.org Young 'Nones' set to transform the political landscape From Seattle area Sikhs, shock and sadness at Wis. killing http://kplu.org/post/seattle-area-sikhs-shock-and-sadness-wis-killing <p><a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain?action=article&amp;ARTICLE_ID=892448">Sikh communities </a>around the Puget Sound region say they&rsquo;re dismayed and saddened by the mass killing at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin Sunday, and they&rsquo;re appealing for more education and outreach to the broader public.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:04:20 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5899 at http://kplu.org 'A Song For Our Planet' - Hearing the sacred in the environment http://kplu.org/post/song-our-planet-hearing-sacred-environment <p>Did you know that in just about every sacred text there is a reference to the environment? From the Bible to the Koran, to ancient Buddhist writings, there are passages that talk about how people have either been destroying the Earth or how we need to do a better job taking care of it.</p><p>A new coral work performed by Seattle First Baptist and Plymouth Church focuses entirely on the environment. It&#39;s called<a href="http://earthministry.org/events/a-song-for-our-planet"> <em>A Song For Our Planet</em></a>.</p><p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Wing 4301 at http://kplu.org 'A Song For Our Planet' - Hearing the sacred in the environment In France, 'de-baptism' seen as backlash to pedophile scandals http://kplu.org/post/france-de-baptism-seen-backlash-pedophile-scandals In France, an elderly man is fighting to make a formal break with the Catholic Church. He's taken the church to court over its refusal to let him nullify his baptism, in a case that could have far-reaching effects.<p><strong> </strong><p>Seventy-one-year-old Rene LeBouvier's parents and his brother are buried in a churchyard in the tiny village of Fleury in northwest France. He himself was baptized in the Romanesque stone church and attended mass here as a boy.<p>LeBouvier says this rural area is still conservative and very Catholic, but nothing like it used to be. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:22:29 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 3961 at http://kplu.org In France, 'de-baptism' seen as backlash to pedophile scandals Imam says 9/11 led to interfaith dialogue http://kplu.org/post/imam-says-911-led-interfaith-dialogue <p>Reflections of a Muslim leader in Portland:</p><p>&quot;As-Salamu Alaykum. That&#39;s &#39;Peace be unto you.&#39; I&#39;m Imam Mikal Shabazz, the director of the Oregon Islamic Chaplains Organization.</p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 17:00:29 +0000 Chris Lehman 2523 at http://kplu.org Imam says 9/11 led to interfaith dialogue Atheist group launches ad campaign on Spokane buses http://kplu.org/post/atheist-group-launches-ad-campaign-spokane-buses <p>A coalition of atheist groups in Spokane is trying to get the word out to other atheists who might feel they&rsquo;re on their own. This week the group launched an ad campaign on public buses and at the Spokane County Fair.</p><p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:15:27 +0000 Anna King 2499 at http://kplu.org Atheist group launches ad campaign on Spokane buses Porn...at Eastlake Church? http://kplu.org/post/pornat-eastlake-church <p><a href="http://www.eastlakecc.com/">Eastlake Community Church</a> in Bothell is tackling the spiritual implications of pornography this weekend, starting with <a href="http://www.eastlakecc.com/porn-and-pastries-tickets/">Porn and Pastries</a> Friday night, <a href="http://www.eastlakecc.com/porn-in-the-morn-tickets/">Porn in the Morn</a> Saturday morning, and the big event, the <a href="http://www.xxxdebate.com/">XXX Debate </a>between pastor Craig Gross and porn star Ron Jeremy Saturday night. Gross and Jeremy will also be attending the regular Sunday services.</p> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 18:39:43 +0000 Dave Meyer 923 at http://kplu.org Porn...at Eastlake Church?