Week in Religion
After the mass wedding at the Grammys on Jan. 26, right-wing pundits slammed producers of the awards show because of their inclusion of same-sex couples.
During the performance of “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis — with guest singers Mary Lambert and Madonna — Queen Latifah officiated the group ceremony of nearly three dozen couples, both gay and straight, on live TV. The ceremony earned a standing ovation.
However, Rush Limbaugh blasted the Grammys on his radio show the following morning, saying it was “horrible” and “despicable,” according to news reports. The lyrics of the song, he argued, “openly attacked right-wing conservatives and Christians.”
Since its release last year, “Same Love” has become an anthem for marriage equality and gay rights.
Queen Latifah said during an interview backstage at the Grammys that she took her officiating duties “very seriously,” and “to have your wedding in front of 100 million people is pretty momentous.”
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow also told media he was “very proud” of the weddings.
“I think it was as elegant and meaningful and powerful as we wanted it to be,” Portnow added.
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Survey Says
More than six-in-10 (63 percent) U.S. adults say they would not like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn Roe v. Wade, while about three-in-10 (29 percent) want to see the ruling overturned. These figures have remained relatively stable for more than 20 years.
— Pew Research Center

Good Book?
“Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message,” by Michael L. Brown
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The Word
Vaisakhi: Pronounced “VA-sock-ee.” A spring harvest festival in Punjab that usually falls on April 13, the solar new year. For Sikhs, Vaisakhi marks the beginning of the Sikh new year and commemorates the founding of the Khalsa (spiritual sister- and brotherhood) in 1699. Also known as Baisakhi.
— ReligionStylebook.com

Religion Around the World
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Monaco is:
- 90 percent Roman Catholic (official)
- 10 percent other

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