RELIGIOUS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/RELIGIOUS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: Schools just a product of bully culture http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58284632-82/bullying-schools-teachers-public.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58284632-82/bullying-schools-teachers-public.html.csp">Letter: Schools just a product of bully culture</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T19:54:03.041-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 07:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Adults worry, discuss and employ a variety of programs to address problems of bullying in our youth. A recent letter discussed bullying in public schools (“Don’t ignore bullying,” August 9). As an educator who has witnessed intimidation in both private religious and public schools, I believe that to effectively address this issue we must understand that we are a culture of aggressors and intimidators. Adults model offensive behaviors daily. Principals, staff, teachers, parents, siblings and f...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58284632@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:54:03 MDT From peyote to sex: Religious liberty fight recast http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58279012-68/religious-liberty-freedom-groups.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58279012-68/religious-liberty-freedom-groups.html.csp">From peyote to sex: Religious liberty fight recast</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RACHEL ZOLL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Religion Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-09T11:29:18.25-06:00">Updated Aug 9, 2014 11:29AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Not long ago, when religious liberty cases reached the courts, the people seeking protection for their beliefs were mostly from small faith groups and their lawyers were liberals. The contested issues were narrow: a demand that plain, black Amish buggies carry bright safety triangles, for instance, or bans on hallucinogenic tea in a Native American ritual. The resolutions of these cases were as narrowly drawn as the complaints themselves. A judge might carve out an exemption for the practice in ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582790122014-08-09T11:29:18.25-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-09T11:29:18.25-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58279012@www.sltrib.com Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11:29:18 MDT Pyle: The good and the bad hide behind religion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58273550-82/bundy-god-http-behavior.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58273550-82/bundy-god-http-behavior.html.csp">Pyle: The good and the bad hide behind religion</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By George Pyle</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-08T17:40:17.07-06:00">Updated Aug 8, 2014 05:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The reporter at the next desk, who had covered the cops and courts beat for a long time, said he had never actually seen Jesus. But he knew where he lived. The fourth floor of the local courthouse. That was where the county jail was in that town. And it was from there that inmates often emerged to tell the judge that, while they had time to spend reconsidering their lives, they had met Jesus, and were ready to tread the straight and narrow. In the words of a great American religious leader, “Ho...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58273550@www.sltrib.com Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:40:17 MDT Losing religion at college? Not anymore, says study http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58273262-80/college-religion-likely-born.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58273262-80/college-religion-likely-born.html.csp">Losing religion at college? Not anymore, says study</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-07T16:54:01.875-06:00">Updated Aug 7, 2014 04:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">You don’t need a doctorate to think higher education leads people away from organized religion. That’s been common wisdom for decades. Now, a sociologist’s new generational study upends that thinking. Today, it’s the least-educated members of Generation X — people born roughly between 1965 and 1980 — who are “most likely to leave religion,” said Philip Schwadel, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Millennials — Americans roughly between ages 18 and 30 — wer...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58273262@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:54:01 MDT Russell Moore answers all you wanted to know about sex (but were afraid to ask) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58250500-80/moore-issues-sex-pastor.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58250500-80/moore-issues-sex-pastor.html.csp">Russell Moore answers all you wanted to know about sex (but were afraid to ask)</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ADELLE M. BANKS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-01T10:01:02.132-06:00">Updated Aug 1, 2014 10:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The issues sound like they belong on the therapist’s couch: The couple who haven’t had sex eight months into their marriage. The parents who can’t deal with their son’s homosexuality. The male teen who wants to be called by a girl’s name. But they’re also the kinds of topics that frequently crowd the inbox of Russell Moore, who recently marked his first anniversary as the Southern Baptist Convention’s top public policy expert. Though he often grapples with contentious political issues — the Hobb...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58250500@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:01:02 MDT Religious persecution makes migrants out of millions, says U.S. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58236835-80/religious-report-freedom-kerry.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58236835-80/religious-report-freedom-kerry.html.csp">Religious persecution makes migrants out of millions, says U.S.</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BRIAN PELLOT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T09:38:01.997-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 09:38AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">And then there were nine. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that Turkmenistan has joined the State Department’s list of worst religious-freedom offenders. The State Department’s “Countries of Particular Concern” list had remained static since 2006, when eight countries — Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan — were designated as CPCs. Justifying the addition of Turkmenistan, Kerry cited reports of people detained, beaten and tortured for their...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58236835@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:38:01 MDT Rabbi Saperstein tapped as first non-Christian to serve as U.S. religious-freedom envoy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58236853-80/religious-saperstein-freedom-rabbi.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/58236853-80/religious-saperstein-freedom-rabbi.html.csp">Rabbi Saperstein tapped as first non-Christian to serve as U.S. religious-freedom envoy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LAUREN MARKOE and BRIAN PELLOT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T16:21:46.489-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 04:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama has tapped Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. As ambassador, the man named as the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine in 2009, will head the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom and will be tasked with monitoring religious-freedom abuses around the world. “When it comes to the work of protecting...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58236853@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:21:46 MDT Editorial: Religion and LGBT rights can co-exist. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58211345-82/religious-act-freedom-hatch.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58211345-82/religious-act-freedom-hatch.html.csp">Editorial: Religion and LGBT rights can co-exist.</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-23T17:10:01.494-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 05:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Good people the world over, throughout history, have found strength and solace in various religious faiths. That’s why a freedom to follow one’s chosen religion is prominent in both the founders’ Bill of Rights and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. But no religion returns the loyalty of its devoted followers if, instead of helping them negotiate the challenges of a changing world, it makes them the false promise that change will not occur. Not only will large numbers of the faithful be in ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58211345@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Obama’s order protects gay workers; Hatch wants religious exemption http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58206916-90/exemption-obama-order-federal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58206916-90/exemption-obama-order-federal.html.csp">Obama’s order protects gay workers; Hatch wants religious exemption</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matt Canham</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Courtney Tanner</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-21T22:05:50.3-06:00">Updated Jul 21, 2014 10:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">With the stroke of a pen Monday, President Barack Obama barred federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Gay-rights groups heralded the executive order as a historic advancement, but others, including Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, criticized Obama for not carving out contractors tied to a religion. Obama signed the order, in part, because a nondiscrimination bill has been stymied in Congress. “I’m going to do what I can, with the authority I have, to act,” Obama said moments bef...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58206916@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:05:50 MDT Religion survey: Jews score highest, Muslims lowest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58190745-78/groups-evangelicals-jews-pew.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58190745-78/groups-evangelicals-jews-pew.html.csp">Religion survey: Jews score highest, Muslims lowest</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Religion News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T21:56:30.193-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 09:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • We like ourselves. A new Pew Research survey finds U.S. adults feel most warmly about people who share their religion or those they know as family, friends or co-workers. Americans give their highest scores to Jews, Catholics and evangelicals on a zero-to-100 “thermometer” featured in the survey, “How Americans Feel about Religious Groups,” released Wednesday. They’re nestled within a few degrees of one another: Jews, 63; Catholics, 62; evangelicals, 61. In the middle of the chart:...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190745@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:56:30 MDT Op-ed: Hobby Lobby decision deals a blow to religious liberty http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58195843-82/wheaton-hobby-lobby-religious.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58195843-82/wheaton-hobby-lobby-religious.html.csp">Op-ed: Hobby Lobby decision deals a blow to religious liberty</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Frederick Mark Gedicks and Lawrence Sager</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T16:26:02.119-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 04:26PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The other shoe never dropped so fast. Last week in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the Supreme Court held that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) excuses closely held for-profit employers from providing contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s “contraception mandate.” Within days, the court issued an exemption order in a related case, Wheaton College v. Burwell, which magnified the potential dangers of its Hobby Lobby decision. The mandate already exempts religious n...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58195843@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:26:02 MDT Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58198762-68/federal-obama-discrimination-religious.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58198762-68/federal-obama-discrimination-religious.html.csp">Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By NEDRA PICKLER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T16:18:34.057-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 04:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. Obama’s action comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case that allowed some religiously oriented businesses to opt out of the federal health care law’s requirement that contraception cover...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581987622014-07-18T16:18:34.057-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-18T16:18:34.057-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198762@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:18:34 MDT Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190318-68/democrats-women-control-court.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58190318-68/democrats-women-control-court.html.csp">Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DONNA CASSATA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-16T16:16:10.567-06:00">Updated Jul 16, 2014 04:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November. Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court ruling and ensure access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections. The vote was 56-43 to move ahead on the legislation — dubbed the “Not My Boss’ Business Act” by proponents — four short of the 60 necessary...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581903182014-07-16T16:16:10.567-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-16T16:16:10.567-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58190318@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:16:10 MDT Letter: Pioneer Day not just for Mormons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58182891-82/mormons-pioneer-freedom-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58182891-82/mormons-pioneer-freedom-state.html.csp">Letter: Pioneer Day not just for Mormons</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T09:05:02.346-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 09:05AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The expulsion of the Mormons from Illinois represents the only time in American history where U.S. citizens were forced to leave the country because of their religion. Their entry into this valley in 1847 is commemorated by the celebration of Pioneer Day on July 24. The fact that Pioneer Day is a state holiday should not cause others to ignore or shun it because of their perception that it is “only about Mormons.” Pioneer Day is not just about Mormons, but about religious freedom for all Americ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58182891@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:05:02 MDT Letter: Recent Utah news shows a life not elevated http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58174389-82/elevated-utah-care-elderly.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58174389-82/elevated-utah-care-elderly.html.csp">Letter: Recent Utah news shows a life not elevated</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T17:20:02.725-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The conditions in Utah lately seem to mock “Life elevated.” We make it hard to be elderly or care for the elderly. We don’t want to expand Medicaid. We tenaciously hold onto our last-place ranking in per capita education spending while gleefully wasting public monies fighting marriage equality. We grossly underpay those who care for and try to educate our children. Religious institutions excommunicate and try to silence women wanting to discuss ordination/gender equality. We have a one-party sys...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58174389@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:20:02 MDT Ponnuru: Liberal rage flows from misreading Hobby Lobby http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58164804-82/accommodation-court-hobby-lobby.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58164804-82/accommodation-court-hobby-lobby.html.csp">Ponnuru: Liberal rage flows from misreading Hobby Lobby</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ramesh Ponnuru</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T07:26:08.036-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 07:26AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Liberals should spend less time lauding the dissents in last week’s Hobby Lobby decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and more time reading them. If they did, they’d notice that some of their main arguments find little support — even from liberal justices. The Obama administration has sought to require almost all employers that offer health insurance to cover contraceptives. The court’s majority ruled that Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and similar companies could refuse to cover contraceptives to which t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58164804@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:26:08 MDT Gay-rights groups reject anti-bias bill due to religious exemption http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58162417-90/act-bill-discrimination-exemption.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58162417-90/act-bill-discrimination-exemption.html.csp">Gay-rights groups reject anti-bias bill due to religious exemption</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matt Canham</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-08T19:37:11.802-06:00">Updated Jul 8, 2014 07:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, supported a bill to protect gay people from workplace discrimination, in large part because it contained a strong exemption for religious organizations. Now a collection of gay-rights groups are abandoning the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) over that very exemption, afraid that if the bill passes, it would allow employers to undercut the proposal’s very goal by claiming a moral objection to homosexuality. The coordinated announcement from groups such as the Am...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58162417@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:37:11 MDT Mercury News: Women take another hit from Supreme Court http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58156680-82/women-court-contraception-companies.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58156680-82/women-court-contraception-companies.html.csp">Mercury News: Women take another hit from Supreme Court</a></h4>