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Legal Rights or Not, There’s Something Wrong When Satanists and Atheists Come to Pray at Governmental Meetings

Legal Rights or Not, There’s Something Wrong When Satanists and Atheists Come to Pray at Governmental Meetings

Yesterday Rachel Alexander, a colleague of mine at The Stream, published an article about Satanists and atheists seeking to pray at governmental meetings: It was a pick-your-poison strategy: Either accept the Satanist prayer or strip regular prayers from the meetings altogether, one of [the Satanists’ spokespersons] explained to The New York Daily News. “We got what we were going for,” she said. Two members applied to deliver the opening invocation and were approved by the left-leaning majority of council members…

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George Yancey: “Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias”

George Yancey: “Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias”

Book Review Some time ago I reviewed the book So Many Christians, So Few Lions, sociologist George Yancey’s academic report on anti-Christian hostility in the United States. Having had some social science training I found it fascinating. Since then Dr. Yancey has released a follow-up for the rest of us: Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias. Plenty of books have been written about increasing anti-Christian hostility in the United States. Most are based in anecdotal information, lending themselves…

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Obergefell: Freedom’s End Foreshadowed

Obergefell: Freedom’s End Foreshadowed

My BreakPoint column posted today is about the undeniable differences between Obergefell v. Hodges and Brown v. Board of Education. For those who do not remember, these are the Supreme Court cases in which gay marriage was allowed and school racial segregation was disallowed. Several people have been saying Obergefell is the Brown of our generation, and I show in this column that the differences between the two are too great to permit seeing them that way. Gay rights have…

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Repost: The Court, the Culture, and the Glory of God

Repost: The Court, the Culture, and the Glory of God

I wrote this early in 2013 following a major Supreme Court decision on marriage. It seems timely again now. I’m reposting it verbatim. God does not conform to culture. Culture does not conform itself to God. Stated thus, the situation almost seems symmetrical, but obviously it is not. In the beginning the world was not created by the culture, and in the end culture will not own it. The earth is the Lord's, and its fullness, including culture. In the…

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Is There Christianophobia in the United States?

Is There Christianophobia in the United States?

Is there Christianophobia in the United States? According to recent sociological research, yes, in some circles there is virulent anti-Christian animosity. How widespread is it? We don’t really know. Does that mean it’s trivial, or even a paranoid persecution-complex figment of Christians’ imagination? Not at all, because of the unique demographics of anti-Christian hostility. Where does this information come from? George Yancey’s recent book, So Many Christians, So Few Lions: Is There Christianophobia in the United States?, which I reviewed…

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10 Americans Helped By Religious Freedom Restoration Act Bills Like Indiana’s

10 Americans Helped By Religious Freedom Restoration Act Bills Like Indiana’s

[Tim] Cook writes that “Opposing discrimination takes courage.” He’s right. When powerful elites take aim at religious freedom, it takes a heck of a lot of courage to fight against anti-religious discrimination. Do you think Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is about discriminating against gays? Check your facts.

Islam and the First Amendment

Islam and the First Amendment

I raise questions about Islam and the First Amendment in my current month’s BreakPoint column: Was the Constitution really written with Islam in mind? This extends what I wrote here earlier on work to be done after Paris, and an even earlier discussion on Islam in America. I do not claim to know the answers, but I am convinced they need to be discussed.

Religious Liberty Within the Bounds of State-Imposed Doctrine: Frank Bruni and the NY Times

Religious Liberty Within the Bounds of State-Imposed Doctrine: Frank Bruni and the NY Times

I’ve been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I’ve deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label: A threat to your religious liberty…. Baking a cake, arranging roses, running an inn: These aren’t religious acts, certainly not if the establishments aren’t religious enclaves and are doing business with (and even dependent on) the general public…. I support the right of people to believe what they do and say what they wish—in their pews,…

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Work to be done after Paris

Work to be done after Paris

There is important work to be done after Paris, as we grieve lives lost and terror multiplied there. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was not written with a religion like Islam in mind. I am confident similar things could be said of other nations’ codes and constitutions. Possibly the most crucial work to be done in political ethics today, therefore, is to define what constitutional freedom of religion means in the case of a religion that recognizes…

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