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25 Truths Essential To Restoring Our Freedoms

25 Truths Essential To Restoring Our Freedoms

Happy Independence Day! Today, more than any Independence Day in my lifetime, is a day for thinking about what it will take for us to restore our freedoms in America. Freedom for some is being able to do what one wants. Better thinkers — including America’s Founders — have seen it rather as the freedom to do what is right, to do good, to practice virtue, to follow conscience. This is my view of freedom, yet for this Independence Day post I’m thinking…

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Speech codes: The offense against LGBT people that no one seems to notice

Speech codes: The offense against LGBT people that no one seems to notice

Lydia McGrew performs a masterful analysis of events and reactions relating to a professor shutting down pro-natural marriage statements in class. Please read her post for the whole story and her insightful comments. I have just one or two things to add. She quotes a blogger, MarquettePhilosopher, who says, “I am in full support of Marquette’s Harassment policy and Harassment training, which, as I pointed out, clearly states that there is zero tolerance for comments that are hurtful to homosexuals.”…

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Offense, Offense, Anger, and Offense

Offense, Offense, Anger, and Offense

Alex McFarland phoned me today to talk about a few details for Truth for a New Generation, the major apologetics conference coming up this weekend in Charlotte. (I hope you can come!) Alex is the organizer for this conference, as he has been for many others like it. While we were on the phone he told me a hair-raising tale of getting a simple ad approved at the Charlotte Observer. You can read the story for yourself in his editorial…

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Truth for a New Generation: No Ordinary Conference!

Truth for a New Generation: No Ordinary Conference!

There are conferences and there are truly significant events. Truth for a Generation is not your ordinary apologetics conference. I could say that because of the speaker lineup: Josh McDowell Eric Metaxas Lee Strobel Mark Mittelberg Sean McDowell Tony Perkins … and more! But that’s not what makes this conference unique. No, it’s not the concerts Friday night, either. Here’s what makes this conference different from the others: A national briefing on religious freedom, moderated by Lauren Green of Fox…

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The Fourth — or First — Reason for Religious Freedom

The Fourth — or First — Reason for Religious Freedom

When I wrote recently on three reasons religious freedom matters, I kept it generic, with no particular religion in mind. There is a fourth reason for religious freedom, however, which is really the first one: Christianity is both true and good. God, as Christianity knows God, is true and good. Therefore freedom to follow his way is true and good. Today is my fifty-seventh American Independence Day, which means I have lived long enough to have known a time when…

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Three Reasons Freedom of Religion Matters

Three Reasons Freedom of Religion Matters

Freedom of religion matters. It is unique from other freedoms. It wasn’t chosen ad hoc for inclusion in the Bill of Rights. Freedom of religion is not freedom-of-something-or-other. I needed to say that when I saw urbanus’s comment today, in response to the statement that at least two people in the UK had lost their jobs for opposing gay marriage, Okay, but that’s not the issue. If they lost their jobs for discriminating against people who are black, or disabled,…

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Atheist Bullying: Three Perspectives for Christians

Atheist Bullying: Three Perspectives for Christians

Anti-Christian, atheist bullying has been a roiling American undertow whose waves are surfacing ever more often into plain view. Mikey Weinstein is belligerently beating up on the world’s most powerful military, some of whose leaders (not all of them!) are yelling “Dive and hide!” when he speaks a word to them. Jerry Coyne and others of his ilk are trying to swamp a fellow professor’s boat — that of Ball State’s Eric Hedin — because he dared to teach something…

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Religious Beliefs as Mental Illness?

Religious Beliefs as Mental Illness?

Kathleen Taylor, neuroscientist, was quoted today in the Huffington Post as suggesting it might be a good idea to treat religious beliefs as mental illness. “Someone who has for example become radicalised to a cult ideology — we might stop seeing that as a personal choice that they have chosen as a result of pure free will and may start treating it as some kind of mental disturbance,” Taylor said. “In many ways it could be a very positive thing…

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Pentagon Reportedly Forbidding Military Personnel To Share Their Faith

Pentagon Reportedly Forbidding Military Personnel To Share Their Faith

The Pentagon confirmed to Fox News that Christian evangelism is against regulations. “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense, LCDR Nate Christensen said in a written statement. He declined to say if any chaplains or service members had been prosecuted for such an offense. “Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the outcome in specific cases,” he said. Source This could potentially include chaplains, according…

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