Survey: Same-sex marriage, Pope Francis top religion stories of year

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Mississippi's law that banned same-sex adoption is one of a stream of state laws attempting to limit the impact of the legalization of gay marriage. Religion News Service photo by Adelle M. Banks

Mississippi's law that banned same-sex adoption is one of a stream of state laws attempting to limit the impact of the legalization of gay marriage. Religion News Service photo by Adelle M. Banks

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(RNS) The Religion Newswriters Association asked its members to rank the 10 top religion stories of 2015. Here's the list.

  • G Key

    Re marriage equality, the Pope, and “who’s infringing on whom”:

    I’m an atheist who values inequality-lessness, trespass-lessness, and cruelty-lessness, and who embraces the Golden Rule by respecting others’ personal boundaries, beliefs, privacy, and equality, as I would have others respect mine.

    My values have served me well in unraveling the “religious freedom” knot and deciding how to treat others.

    For example, the question of whether to sell flowers, serve food, or sign a license to a couple whose marriage you oppose answers itself if you respect their boundaries & privacy, and recognize they’re your customers, not your business. And since they’re your equals, and their beliefs are rightfully theirs, it’s clearly not moral to disparage their lives or subject them to your own chosen moral principles.

    This perspective has helped me find peace both within myself and with others.

    I wanted to share this with anyone who’s troubled by these issues.

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  • Rocky Cephas

    What a mince of words. Bad bad journalism. Anything to get an audience. Junk.

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  • Billysees

    Nice-to-know summary of religious events.