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Current high profile topics in the U.S. -- with a religious component:

Of the hundreds of religious topics saturating the news, the following appear to have the highest profile right now. It is interesting that almost all of the topics are related to human sexuality and/or gender:

bullet Same-sex marriage: What rights and protections should same-sex couples and their children have? Should they be allowed to marry, or be only registered in civil unions, or be allowed only to enter domestic partnerships, or be considered "legal strangers" -- merely as roommates? On 2016-JUN-26, the court ruled in the case Obergefell v Hodges that marriage by same-sex couple was a new civil right across the entire country: the District of Columbia, 50 states, and 4 of 5 territories. The territory of American Samoa has yet to decide whether it will recognize the Supreme Court's decision. There have been a dozen or so instances in the U.S. mainland where stores in the wedding business have refused to serve same-sex engaged couples. This has triggered Religious Freedom Restoration Acts in several states to guarantee the right of such businesses to discriiniate freely against sexual minorities.

bullet Abortion access: In what situations should informed women be free to choose to have an abortion: all, none, or some? What are the best ways to reduce abortions: by restricting access, by making child raising more feasible, or by increasing contraceptive usage. Would educating sexually active youth in how to prevent pregnancy and STIs help or hinder?

bullet Islamophobia: This involves fear, anger, hatred, discomfort, and/or discrimination directed against Muslims. Some target the 19 perpetrators of 9/11; some a group of violent radicals within Islam; some against Muslims trying to escape violence in their country of origin, some against all of the world's 1.2 billion Muslims.

bullet Religious freedom:  This term has two very different meanings. In the past it referred to people being free to believe as they wish, assemble with others of the same religious tradition, engage in different religious practices, proselytize freely, etc. However, it is now often used to mean something very different: to use religious freedom to oppress, denigrate, and attack women and minorities -- particularly sexual minorities -- in voilation of the Golden Rule.

bullet The fight against the HHS birth control mandate: A recent Health and Human Services mandate requires most employee health insurance policies -- including those used by Catholic hospitals, universities, agencies, etc. -- to offer free access to birth control for their employees.  Some church groups feel that it is against their beliefs to be required by law to provide contraception services. The government provided a compromise: the employer need only fill out a form removing themselves from the obligation to provide birth control. This is not adequate for some employers who feel that by filling out this form, they will start a process that gives their employees the freedom to obtain free contraceptives, thus involving the employer in the process. If the mandate survives, then there is likely to be a drastic reduction in unexpected, unwanted pregnancies, about 40% of which result in abortion.

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"Boy Scouts of America" (BSA): The BSA prohibited LGBT youth and adults from joining, and expelled any such persons when they were discovered within the organization. Delegates to their 2013 annual meeting voted to allow LGBT youths to join, but to expel them on their 18th birthday. Conservative religious denominations and parachurch groups are outraged that LGBT youths are allowed to join; some are organizing groups in competition to the BSA. Meanwhile, the BSA ban on Atheist and Agnostic members continues.

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Transgender persons and transsexuals: These terms refer to people who were identified as being of one gender when they were born, and who now identify being of the opposite gender or, rarely, as having no gender. With the legalization of same-sex marriage during mid-2015, many religious and socially conservative agencies who opposed equality for lesbians, gays and bisexuals switched their much of their emphasis to opposing equal rights for transgender persons and transsexuals.

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Over a third of a million unique visitors come to this web site each week. However, about 97% of our visitors bypass this home page entirely and go to sections dealing with specific topics.

Recently, the most popular section is World religions' beliefs & practices, followed by Buddhism, Islam, Wicca, a neopagan religion, Hinduism, Homosexuality in the Bible, Human embryo & fetal development, Same-sex marriage, Christianity, Sharia law, Data about world religions, The Amish, TaoismOur group's statement of beliefs, Naturist info., and Homosexual orientation/LGBT topics.

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