Day: February 9, 2015

Letter from President Jennings on the death of Tom Palermo

Letter from President Jennings on the death of Tom Palermo Headshot of The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, has written a letter addressed to deputies and alternate deputies about different actions the Church has decided to take following Tom Palermo’s death. The letter is reprinted below, from the House of Deputies website: A Letter from President Jennings: The Death of Thomas Palermo February […]

Black History Month criticized for not naming white supremacy

Black History Month criticized for not naming white supremacy Civil rights marchers holding signs demanding equal rights to work

February, the shortest month of the year, is celebrated as Black History Month in America. Writing for the Guardian, columnist Steven Thrasher makes the case that Black History Month unwittingly facilitates white supremacy by not naming it or addressing it. Thrasher asserts that the type of black exceptionalism celebrated this month reinforces negative stereotypes by […]

Alabama Chief Justice defies Supreme Court, blocks unions for same-sex couples

Alabama Chief Justice defies Supreme Court, blocks unions for same-sex couples Ad by Americans United advising Alabama judges to not block same-sex marriage

Updated with photos from Birmingham, Alabama and to change some wording. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, previously known for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument, has ordered probate judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In a decision hailed as a victory for American Secularism, a recent court decision overturned the […]

Psilocybin used in recent medical studies to comfort the terminally ill

Psilocybin used in recent medical studies to comfort the terminally ill New Yorker Illustration by Stephen Doyle, depicting a psychedelic experience; vague images composed of solid blots of color

Some terminally ill patients have been part of a controversial study of psilocybin. Participants reported greater acceptance of their conditions, and immense gratitude for the lives they’d led. What do you think? Would you try it?