No Middle Ground: Evangelical Leaders Reject Compromise on LGBT and Religious Rights

Compromises designed to safeguard both religious freedoms and LGBT rights won’t fly among many of America’s most influential conservative Christians

“At stake in the SOGI dispute are the local, state, and federal laws governing whether religious institutions or businesses owned by people of faith must serve LGBT individuals despite their convictions on sexuality and gender.”   Compromises designed to safeguard both religious freedoms and LGBT rights won’t fly among many of America’s most influential conservative... Continue Reading

Higher Education in Hell

A politicized education is illiberal by its own inner compulsions. It has almost the hideousness and chaos of hell itself, so inextricably coupled it is with the mire and passions of the passing day.

Modern man, afflicted with a variety of itches, sees no use in poetry and the rest of the liberal arts, unless they can teach him marketable skills such as writing a half-sensible memorandum. Hence the study of literature, with its rich content steeped in history, has given way to “communications,” a subject unmoored from both history and... Continue Reading

The Futility Of Gender-Neutral Parenting

In steadfast pursuit of gender equality and to promote nonconformity, it’s become popular in some social circles to start early by raising young children in a gender-neutral way.

The gender-neutral trend capitalizes on fears that parents have of inadvertently limiting their child’s potential. We want the best for our children; for daughters to grow up to be as competitive for STEM jobs as their male counterparts, and for sons to possess strong social and communication skills. But whether your child leans toward gender-atypical... Continue Reading

Democrats Have a Religion Problem

A conversation with Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, about the party’s illiteracy on and hostility toward faith.

The second thing is that there’s a religious illiteracy problem in the Democratic Party. It’s tied to the demographics of the country: More 20- and 30-year-olds are taking positions of power in the Democratic Party. They grew up in parts of the country where navigating religion was not important socially and not important to their... Continue Reading

Religious Makeup of the New Congress Overwhelmingly Christian

The United States Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s

“Christians, both Protestant and Catholic, aren’t the only demographic to outstrip the general population in Congress. There also is a larger share of Jewish members of Congress (9 percent) than there is of Jewish Americans in the country as a whole (2 percent).”   The United States Congress is about as Christian today as it... Continue Reading

High Noon For The Religious Left

Religious movements often require inhospitable terrain to thrive

“The once-explosive growth of conservative evangelicals has stalled. Yet the religious left doesn’t appear to be benefiting much. Instead, the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated are growing.”   The religious left is the Sasquatch of American politics. It leaves footprints in the snow but recent sightings of the creature itself are rare, and not always... Continue Reading

Snowflake Theologians Given Trigger Warning about the Crucifixion

The post-truth Ivory tower of modern academia is not the real world

“The real world involves upset, suffering, hardship, struggles and facing our fears.  The attempt to protect students from all semblance of reality at least has one effect.  It makes them forget about the real things that should upset them. “   Monty Python was a hilarious surreal take on many aspects of life.  It was... Continue Reading

A Cry in the Dark? Dear Meryl…

A response to Meryl Streep’s comments made at the Globe Awards.

And let’s talk about the powerful using their position to bully others. We see that often. So much of sexual abuse is about power and abuse rather than lust. Which is why when powerful men use their power to humiliate or abuse they should be called out and not lauded by their peers.  I’m sure... Continue Reading

What America’s Founders Really Thought About the Bible

Many of the American founders regarded the Bible as indispensable to a regime of republican self-government and liberty under law.

A self-governing people, in short, had to be a virtuous people who were controlled from within by an internal moral compass, which would replace external control by an authoritarian ruler’s whip and rod.  The whip and rod were clearly unacceptable for a free, self-governing people.  A moral people respected social order, legitimate authority, oaths and... Continue Reading

Professor: If You Read To Your Kids, You’re ‘Unfairly Disadvantaging’ Others

According to a professor at the University of Warwick in England, parents who read to their kids should be thinking about how they’re “unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children” by doing so.

“I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally,” he said.  But Swift also added that some other things parents do to give their kids the best education possible —... Continue Reading