Midweek Missouri faith fix: DOMA, St. Louis Cardinals and a vetoed bill

There was a lot of talk about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) ruling this week. Check out what it means for Missourians, as well as read about some people who disagree with the decision. Rev. Molly Housh Gordon reflects on her views of the striking of DOMA. But the real fight for gay couples may just be starting. However, there has been a cultural shift on the views of gay marriages, examined here.

Wes Warner (right) holds a gay pride flag during a rally celebrating the Supreme Court?s gay marriage ruling at Ilus W. Davis Park in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday (June 26).

Wes Warner (right) holds a gay pride flag during a rally celebrating the Supreme Court?s gay marriage ruling at Ilus W. Davis Park in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday (June 26).

In Columbia a group of Burmese refugees are holding church services in the basement of Broadway Christian Church.

In St. Louis the Cardinals have been getting a lot of attention – but not for their skills in baseball. They have drawn Christian symbolism into the pitcher's mound at Busch Stadium.

In Springfield, some members of Redeemer Lutheran Church are concerned with the wellbeing of Diane and Rachel, who were recently charged with murder. Pastors have assured them they will have access to Bibles and church services.

Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would prohibit the government from banning or restricting the practice, mention, celebration or discussion of federal holidays. Although it was originally aimed at protecting Christmas and Thanksgiving from being taken out of public references to religion, Nixon vetoed the bill because he is concerned about the need to restrict fireworks on the 4th of July.

Nationally, the Zimmerman trial is taking place. Here are some religious questions being answered during the trial.

In San Diego, a judge has recently ruled that yoga in schools is non-religious and allowed to continue.

The White House has decided that it will maintain its position on who qualifies for religious exemption from contraception, which does not include private business owners.

Heather Adams

About Heather Adams

Heather Adams is a junior at MU. She is majoring in convergence journalism and religious studies. She's been reporting for Columbia Faith & Values as an intern since the site was launched, and she served as an intern in summer 2013. Now, she volunteers as a reporter and also helps with site marketing and community engagement.

One Response to “Midweek Missouri faith fix: DOMA, St. Louis Cardinals and a vetoed bill”

  1. Greg Lammers

    The story about the Cardinals groundskeeper putting crosses into the pitcher’s mound is unsettling.

    Major League ballplayer is an occupation, a job. The St.Louis Cardinals employ players to play for their club. The clubhouse, the field, training facilities, etc is their workspace. Should a Jewish or Muslim or atheist player have to play on a field (work in a facility) that has Christian graffiti all over it? What does that cult symbol say to the workers who are not of that cult?

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