It seems rather obvious that laws ensuring religious freedom could do lots of good to the cause of gay marriage. The importance of traditional marriage for straight couples is somewhere between 'decreasing,' 'dying' and 'dead.'
The door creaks open and you emerge, still grasping the duvet that you have failed to part from for days. It's stained, ridden with crumbs and stinks like stale beer. With your square eyed comrades following cautiously behind you, your eyes strain to adjust to the new world.
Yoga is everywhere these days. It's fair to say it's become well and truly mainstream. In most Western cities yoga studios are as ubiquitous as fast-food joints or liquor stores. 20 million Americans say they practice yoga. So, what exactly is happening here? How can we explain the meteoric rise of yoga?
This Friday, Christian people around the world will commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Many will attend Church services and get together with their families to honour the most solemn day in their calendar.
The Church recognises the right of a sovereign state to control its borders in furtherance of the common good. Crucially, it also recognises the right of human persons to migrate, so that they can realise their God-given rights. Too often our political debate revolves around numbers, and not values. Into the discourse must come Jesus's words: "Love they neighbour as thyself."
Forget about the millions missing Top Gear, the BBC are expecting record viewing figures for another programme next Monday (March 30): a made-for-television film about the life of Noah, with David Threlfall playing the lead role and moving from shameless to righteous.
People search their family trees looking for a tenuous connection to a long forgotten Irish heritage. A great grandfather's, friend's dog - born in Ireland and providing the licence to enjoy a guilt free Guinness.
As a missionary Patrick baptised thousands of people. Being a missionary was not an easy task for him and he wrote how his life was at risk, and how the local pagan chiefs sometimes imprisoned him. But he knew his call was from God, and he remained in Ireland.
At this election, we are called to transform our faith into action for positive change. Now is our opportunity to challenge the candidates to answer our questions on how they intend to respond to the pressing social issues affecting our families and the most vulnerable of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters in need.
You can find chaplains in theatres, sport clubs, airports, shopping centres, even casinos. They are working to support some of the most vulnerable people in society.
In this short piece, however, I would like to take a unique approach by shedding light about how important is Prophet Muhammad to me as an individual with disabilities and to other Muslims with disabilities around the world.
Within Christianity, theologians have looked at the same collections of passages and come to different and sometimes opposite conclusions about what they mean.
The sexual nature of these books has aroused a storm of criticism and the eroticism is certainly problematic. Yet deciding where acceptable boundaries lie in this area is very difficult; after all, throughout history the Church has frequently found Song of Songs in the Bible to be too hot to handle.
It's all an assumption based on some-one else's assumption based on someone else's assumption dating back to when people were more ignorant than we are now, if you believe that's possible.
Religious satire causes offence, but it is one person's right to express their view and another person's right to express that they are offended. Sadly, there are plenty of religious targets that are worth hitting - from paedophile priests to bloodthirsty imams to rogue rabbis.
No-one, said Hirsch in his German sermons and his German writings, should be excluded from European society because of their faith or culture. And no-one should be allowed to abuse their own faith and culture to exclude their own flock from European society.