Religious freedom as antidote to terrorism
It’s an idea that hasn’t been tried and found wanting, to say the least.
US Independence Day weekend 2013
What’s the state of the union built on the freedoms we celebrate this weekend? In a word, threatened.
HHS ‘compromise’: “80 pages of nothing new”
The basic mandate that employers with religious objections to the HHS contraceptive coverage still have to comply or pay punitive fines still stands. The latest fig leaf changes little, but it took a few days to wade through the dense and convoluted legalese the government issued to essentially say ‘we’re not willing to budge, more than an inch.’
Religious freedom and the Obamacare “Tax”
What impact will Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision to uphold the individual mandate as a tax have on the battle for the right to religious liberty and conscientious objection?
The Mideast story hardly covered
Behind the headlines coming out of Egypt and other countries in political and social upheaval in the Middle East, the story is about human life and striving and destiny, maybe more than it ever was before social communications media empowered these peoples’ revolutions.
‘Retro-fit the cross’
The Mt. Soledad War Memorial remains under siege.
‘Prayers for peace shattered by violence’
That was the description by Al-Jazeera of the latest massacre of Christians in the Mideast, the New Year’s Day assault on a Coptic church in Alexandria. It is laden with significance…
‘Can’t we all just get along?’
The president, the pastor and the plot at Ground Zero
Sounds like the beginning of a joke. Or the working title for a mystery story. In reality, it’s the latest turn in a geopolitical drama based, loosely, on religion.
Praying over provocation
Since September 11, 2001, most of the civilized world has understood that some people holding extreme views of their religion can commit violent acts believing they’re on a mission from God. We want to hold them accountable, but they don’t answer to the code of conduct universally known as the “Golden Rule.”
Popular actor continues to draw the line
He plays a bad guy really well, but Neal McDonough just won’t do some things he believes are wrong.
About that mosque…
Let’s start with this: the mosque can be built in New York near Ground Zero. But should it?