Providence Presbytery, which spans about 65 churches in York, Chester and Lancaster counties, voted 50 to 39 to approve a denomination-wide amendment which defines marriage as a “unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” The amendment gives each church minister the option of whether he or she will conduct a same-sex marriage.
For someone unaffiliated with any church, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has become an unlikely advocate for the religious, from supporting the right of Orthodox Jews to use oral suction during circumcision to closing schools on Muslim holidays.
Many people want to make our “war on terror” a war on at least a segment of the Muslim religion. But there are 1.3 billion followers of Islam scattered around the world, and an ambitious Gallup poll of Muslims in 35 heavily Muslim countries found that the vast majority of them did not approve of the 9/11 attacks. How can we blame the Muslim religion for this horror?