Posts Tagged ‘New York’

No clergy-led prayer at 9/11 anniversary causes controversy Comments 1

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Conservative Catholic and Christian groups are condemning New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to ban clergy-led prayer at the 10th anniversary commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Catholic League and the Family Research Council, say the event shows a prejudice against religion and ignores the central role religious groups played in the city’s 9/11 response. Read more

Vatican paper backs Dolan on sex ed Comments 0

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The Vatican newspaper has backed Archbishop Timothy Dolan in a debate over over a new sex education curriculum in New York City, which is supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a means of combating early and unintended pregnancies, especially among Black and Latino youth.

The initiative has been criticised by Dolan for, among other things, potentially usurping the role of parents in shaping the moral values of their children.

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Ground Zero mosque moves forward slowly Comments 0

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The Ground Zero Mosque is moving forward, but more under the media spotlight it has received. There will be no more imams as the public religious face of the project, and Sharif El-Gamal, the lead developer and Chairman of the 45-51 Park Place property says he has been trying to regroup and reach out to Read more

Gay marriage: What’s the real issue? Comments 0

Friday, July 8th, 2011

The decision of the New York state legislature to approve gay marriage will be seen by some as a symptom of an underlying disease called “moral relativism.” But this is a mistake that, I think, blocks our understanding of what is really going on. One need only look at the joy and satisfaction with which Read more

NY redefines marriage Comments 0

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

On Friday, New York joined the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont and Washington DC as places where same-sex marriage is legal in the United States. Opponents of same-sex marriage have vowed to fight back and outlaw gay marriage as they did in California and Maine. The National Organisation for Marriage (NOM) has Read more

Analysis: How did gay marriage become NY law? Comments 0

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

How did New York lawmakers, long known for their decades of late budgets and partisan gridlock, manage to pull off a generational milestone like legalizing gay marriage? Friday night’s victory for gay marriage advocates was the product of changing public attitudes, and a political campaign that was more sophisticated, better funded, and armed with more Read more