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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, June 30

Love wins! This week for Fiery Tuesday we've gathered a number of links relating to the recent Supreme Court decisions about gay marriage and how religious groups are reacting to it. Additionally, we've got another story about the Charleston shooting (and why it matters how we define it in our public consciousness). All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Over at interfaith website Patheos a debate has erupted about the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court, which defined same-sex marriage as a fundamental right granted by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In response to Southern Baptist Samuel James' challenge to "the victors" to explain the implications of the victory, blogger Tom Swiss has responded with his own answers. Take a look if you're interested.

How does one define terrorism? It's a question that has no shortage of answers, but that doesn't mean the label isn't meaningful. This article from Pacific Standard explains why its important that the Charleston massacre be defined as a terrorist attack, no different from an attack like the Charlie Hebdo shooting save for its perpetrator and targets.

When writing his dissent against the majority decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Chief Justice John Roberts talked about how the court's ruling "orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia, for the Kalahari Bushmen and the Han Chinese, the Carthaginians and the Aztecs." But do those groups really conform to the "traditional" definition of marriage in the United States? The Washington Post takes a look.

Ancestor veneration is a traditional aspect of many religions, from Shenjiao (Chinese folk religion) to ancient Roman religion to Shinto. But what if you don't particularly like your ancestors? What if they were bad people? Over at Patheos, John Beckett examines this troublesome question and why he finds both of the typical approaches—ignore the "bad ancestors" and venerate them unconditionally—to be unsatisfactory.

Just a decade ago, no one in the political mainstream stood for same-sex marriage and most Americans admitted discomfort with the idea. Today, it's part of the Democratic Party platform and a majority of the American public favor it. What happened? No one's quite sure but The Huffington Post asks a number of conservative commentators what they think.

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