Religion and Civic Life

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Aerial view of historic church steeple and sunset in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Aerial view of historic church steeple and sunset in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Religious Freedom is the First Freedom — and You Can Help Save It

The International Religious Freedom Summit this weekend (January 31-February 1) comes at a moment when people of faith all over the world are under growing pressure. Read More ›
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Silhouettes of people in a bright in the pop rock concert in front of the stage. Hands with gesture Horns. That rocks. Party in a club
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This July 4th, I Will Gladly Take Billie Joe Armstrong’s American Citizenship

In reality, I don’t need to take Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong’s place as a citizen. There’s room in America for anyone who is willing to love this country and respect the values on which it was built. Read More ›
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Closeup shot of prayer candles with dark background
Closeup shot of prayer candles with dark background

The Mass Shooting in Uvalde, Texas Calls Us to Spiritual And Moral Revival

After getting over the pain and grieving of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting, many people and so-called experts have weighed in—offering more of the same old responses that have followed other similar tragic incidents. Read More ›
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Traditional Easter ham dinner. Top down view table scene on a dark wood background. Ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, eggs, hot cross buns and carrot cake.

Easter: Let’s Feast!

I’ve written at length in this series about fasting, but have not said much about feasting. I did that for two reasons. First, few of us know why or we how should fast. And second, if we don’t know why we should fast, we may lose the meaning of feasting as well. Read More ›
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America Needs a New Declaration of Equal Justice Under the Law

In prior times of war, crisis, suffering, and loss of life from causes outside the U.S., Americans of both parties would pull together and focus on what can be done to quickly help, alleviate, and solve the problem. No longer. The COVID-19 crisis provides us a window into our national social and spiritual health, and what we see from much of America’s Left as expressed in the media and Democrat Party reveals a degree and strain of moral impoverishment we haven’t seen before. The COVID-19 crisis in America will pass as all such virus epidemics do, but an overriding issue and question that will remain for the American future is: Do we have sufficient courage and determination to successfully deal with the internal threats and contradictions that jeopardize the future viability of the United States and its Constitution? Read More ›
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Are Evangelicals “Crippling” Our Coronavirus Response?

Evangelicals didn’t cause thus plague, and we desperately need the courage and wisdom that evangelicals have always brought to bear against pandemics. They deserve better than this slander. We would be wise to look closely at the real ideological and scientific “consensus” — a wholly secular consensus — that inflicted this misery on humanity. Read More ›
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Close up of female hands touching monitor of mechanical ventilator. Middle aged man lying in hospital bed on blurred background

Medicine, Religion, and Cosmos — Was Andrew Cuomo Wrong to Invoke God?

In a press conference yesterday about the coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used notably religious language. He observed that healthcare workers are “doing God’s work” of caring for people. Was he mistaken in saying so? You might well think so from watching the Cosmos series on Fox and the National Geographic channels. Read More ›