Breaking Faith

The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse.

Maybe it’s the values of hierarchy, authority, and tradition that churches instill. Maybe religion builds habits and networks that help people better weather national traumas, and thus retain their faith that the system works. For whatever reason, secularization isn’t easing political conflict. It’s making American politics even more convulsive and zero-sum. For years, political commentators... Continue Reading

The First Solar Eclipse To Cross America In 99 Years Is Coming. To Some, It’s An Act Of God

The total solar eclipse on August 21 will cross America this summer, it last happened 99 years ago; some are seeing it as a sign of the end of the world.

In certain religious communities, the talk surrounding the eclipse has to do with a different sort of preparation. Gary Ray isn’t worried about just travel plans and adequate eye protection. He’s focused on the Rapture. Ray, a writer for the evangelical Christian publication Unsealed, views this eclipse as one of several astronomical signs that the... Continue Reading

Islam Fastest Growing Religion, Set to Outpace Christianity: Pew

Pew Research released a report Monday that shows Islam is on the rise worldwide

“As the Muslim population increases in the U.S., Americans’ attitude toward Islam — and religion more generally — is shifting, particularly as political debates center on Muslim migration to Europe, the U.S. and Canada, and concerns about radical Islamic terror groups.”   Pew Research released a report Monday that shows Islam is on the rise worldwide, and if... Continue Reading

Droves Of Canadian Doctors Opt Out Of Euthanasia

Some physicians who kill a patient once find they don’t ever want to do it again.

  Jeff Blackmer, vice president of the Canadian Medical Association, said some doctors initially think they are helping patients end their suffering but find the reality much different. “We’re seeing doctors who go through one experience and it’s just overwhelming, it’s too difficult,” he said. “And those are the ones who say, ‘Take my name... Continue Reading

Islamic State Vows More Attacks On Egypt’s Christians

Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt vowing more attacks on the country’s Christians.

Many in the ancient community complain that very little has changed in their lives since el-Sissi took office in 2014, especially in rural areas where Muslim radicals frequently attack Christian homes and businesses over a range of issues, including the construction or restoration of churches, land disputes or sexual affairs between members of each community.... Continue Reading

Why The Courts Were Wrong to Rule Against a Florist Who Declined Service to a Gay Wedding

The court’s reasoning renders the right of expression a non-starter for wedding service providers

“The florist, Barronelle Stutzman, had served the gay customers, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, many times over a number of years, including by providing flowers for birthdays and other personal events; she objected only to providing flowers for their wedding.”   On Feb. 16, Washington’s state Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s judgment that the... Continue Reading

The Death of Community and the Rise of Trump

What does a decreasing attachment to religious and civic institutions in white, working-class America mean for the country's political future?

“Each party has to wrestle with what America’s demographic changes mean for its future, including the growing share of non-white citizens and the aging of the white generation that was once more involved in religious and civic life, if only by default.”   In 2016, 57 percent of white Americans who voted chose Donald Trump... Continue Reading

Pediatricians Warn Parents: Pot Is Not Benign

Experts say looser marijuana laws lead some to assume the drug is safe

Several recent studies show significant marijuana use in adolescents can lead to impaired short-term memory; decreased concentration, attention span, and problem-solving skills; and alterations in motor control, coordination, judgment, reaction time, and tracking ability. Lung health is also negatively affected. Some studies link marijuana use with long-term psychiatric effects, including higher rates of depression and... Continue Reading

Ohio LGBT Group Announces Plans to Target Churches for Homosexual Weddings

An LGBT organization in Ohio has announced plans to target churches if they refuse to offer their property to be used in a homosexual wedding.

When asked “if a church community has a church hall that they rent to couples who want to have that wedding reception in that hall … should that church hall and church community be forced to rent that to someone who wants to use that building for something that’s against that church community’s belief system,”... Continue Reading

Christians Flee ISIS Terror In Sinai Peninsula

Extremists have labeled the region’s Coptic Christians their ‘favorite prey’

More than 100 Christian families have fled Egypt’s northern Sinai region as Islamic militants continue attacking Christians and threaten to increase the violence. More than seven Coptic Christians have been killed in recent weeks. Islamic militants Thursday stormed the home of Kamel Youssef in the northern Sinai town of el-Arish and killed him in the... Continue Reading