Gay Rights As Seen by Some Homosexuals

In a special section of New Republic magazine. Andrew Sullivan and other gay writers called for an abandonment of the civil-rights approach

Does It Pay to Visit Vermin?

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27)

Jon Will's Aptitudes

Jon has Down syndrome, a chromosomal defect involving varying degrees of mental retardation and physical abnormalities.

Helping the Poor and Homeless

A stubble-faced, leather-skinned vagrant approaches me and asks, “Can you spare some change?” It’s nothing new, but the last few years the faces have been getting younger, the requests more frequent and my responses less certain.

Westley Allen Dodd’s Eternity

I couldn’t sleep the night of January 4, 1993, so I turned on the coverage of the execution of Westley Allen Dodd. He was the man who tortured, raped and murdered three young boys in Vancouver, Washington, about twenty minutes from where I live.

Death: Signing and Framing Your Life's Portrait

The prospect of death has a way of getting our attention, of cutting to our very heart. Yet we also have a way of turning our eyes away from Death’s burning light to gaze again at the shadows of this world, stepping back away from death and ignoring the message it sends.