Sometimes the words just roll off our tongues: "I promise." "I swear." But sometimes we make those commitments with a bit more trepidation: "Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?" Or "I promise to love, honor and cherish you, until death do us part." What do our faith traditions have to say about ...Read more
U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced on July 25 that our federal government is bringing back capital punishment after more than 16 years without a federal execution. Is it a tragic regression into barbarity or a way to implement justice?
Imam: Within Islam, capital punishment is generally accepted as a means of administering justice in ...Read more
As of the writing of this column, there have been more mass shootings in the United States than days in the current year. Over 250 mass shootings have occurred so far in 2019. Recently, two shootings occurred within the same 24-hour period -- in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The Three Wise Guys suggest that thoughts and prayers are not what ...Read more
For those who practice "good faith," building community is essential. Currently, it seems that building a diverse community is under assault by extremists. Some believe that diversity is a negative component of good community. The belief is that to accept someone from a different culture, religion, ethnicity or national origin weakens society in...Read more
The Ten Commandments: What do they mean for our lives today? For many, they constitute the basic rules of human existence; for others, they are seen as the foundation of jurisprudence in the U.S. And they have been the source of heated debate in regard to their interpretation and the differing understandings of what they actually mean.
Rabbi: ...Read more