Ken Connor

CP Contributor

Liberty v. Ideology: Which Will Prevail?

Those concerned with the preservation of religious liberty in America are keeping a keen eye on the Supreme Court in 2014. The august body of jurists that comprise America's highest court will be reviewing some cases that speak to the very heart of our nation's political and civil heritage. Namely, are a person's religious beliefs a fundamental liberty protected under the First Amendment, or does government have the authority to abridge religious conscience in order to advance an ideologically-motivated policy agenda?

Sider's Frankenstein

A recent feature on the politics page of The Christian Post discusses the issue of income inequality in America, and various Christian proposals for the best way to address it. Professor Ron Sider of Palmer Theological Seminary argues that the appropriate response to the "enormously centralized" economic and political power we see in America today is for the government to redistribute wealth via tax hikes on the rich and increased public investment in our poorest citizens.

Bowing Our Knees at the Name of Jesus

Because of his obedience, God the Father has exalted God the Son and bestowed upon him the name that is above every name. As a result, we are assured and reminded that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Republicans Versus Conservatives

Given the magnitude of the Obamacare debacle, it's hard to imagine how Republicans could manage to one-up the dysfunction and dissolution of the Democrat party. Much to the delight of the media, however, the GOP has managed to redirect the spotlight away from the train wreck of the Affordable Care Act in exchange for its own dog and pony show.

Abortion Rates Decline But One Is Too Many

For those who believe that life begins at conception, abortion hangs over society like a dark cloud. So long as the culture and the courts continue to embrace this barbaric practice as simply a matter of "women's health care," there remains a need for pro-life advocacy and activism

Abortion and Adoption; Two Choices, Worlds Apart

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas recently celebrated the opening of a new facility in Ft. Worth, TX. More than a few critics have noted the irony that the new Southwest Ft. Worth Health Center is located next to the Gladney Adoption Center, an organization that has been providing pregnancy support and adoption services to the country for 125 years.

Obamacare Is Big Government In Action

The hallmark distinction between Liberals and Conservatives in America is our radically divergent view of government and its role in the lives of citizens. Liberals are convinced that a strong central government is necessary to ensure that everyone "gets their fair share," while Conservatives believe that free markets are the best mechanism for allocating resources. Liberals value equality of results, while Conservatives value equality of opportunity.

The Grand Ole Party: A House Divided

It has been said that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the current political milieu. As the GOP continues its march towards irrelevance, the finger pointing and blame games continue in earnest. Depending on who you ask, the Tea Party is either the problem or the solution. The same might be said of the Republican establishment

The Emperor Has No Clothes

Obamacare isn't a political abstraction any longer. Its success doesn't depend on spin or solidarity. What matters for the law -- and for the people who are depending on it -- is how well it actually works. So far, it's not working well at all.

Tea Party, Ted Cruz Cause Winds of Change in DC

In the aftermath of the U.S. government shutdown and a close call with default, there is a political consensus among Democrats, many Republicans, establishment conservatives, business leaders and the inside-the-Beltway commentariat: Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Tea Party members in the House have done grievous harm to themselves and their brand.

Prolife and Animal Rights Activists Should Work Together

If pro-life conservatives believe what I've outlined above – that this earth and everything in it was created by God and is precious to Him – it seems logical that we would take an interest in the welfare and dignity of all of Creation, not just human beings.

Is Christian Education an Oxymoron?

The concept of Christian education strikes many as a laughable notion, an oxymoron embraced only by morons. The idea that God has any involvement with or impact upon what man can know and how he can know it – indeed, the idea that God even exists – is anathema to academic elites. Sadly, even some Christians believe that Christ's exhortation to reject the things of this world means that engaging in the pursuit of knowledge is a waste of time and a potential impediment to one's faith. This is a mistaken view.

Refuse to Render Unto Caesar

It's been 18 months since Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced a new requirement that all U.S. employers must provide insurance coverage for birth control, including abortifacients, at no cost to their employees. As lawsuits against the infamous HHS mandate increase in number, it's looking more and more likely that the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

A Person's a Person, No Matter How Small

A heartwarming report was recently published by the San Jose Mercury News telling the story of a family whose year's long dream of parenthood was finally realized when a couple they'd never met donated their 19-year-old frozen embryo to them for adoption.

Time to Make 'Unborn' the New Gay?

Today there is a new civil rights movement underway, so we are told. This time, it's not racial equality at issue, but marriage equality. And it's not African Americans carrying the banner of protest, but homosexuals

Emasculating the Faith of Our Fighters

The latest battleground in the President's campaign for fundamental change is the military, where chaplains and other persons of faith are finding themselves increasingly under pressure to subordinate their religious consciences to the dictates of tolerance and diversity

Big Brother is Watching You

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last month or so, chances are you've heard the latest revelations regarding the NSA's unlawful invasion of American citizens' privacy.

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis; Political Opportunist

Wendy Davis excels at keeping herself in the news. In June, the pro-abortion Texas state senator became a liberal darling by filibustering against a bill that would have banned abortions after twenty weeks (a ban which has since become law). Now she's contemplating a run at the Governor's mansion.

Bad News/Good News Bible

It's disconcerting to see Christians devalue the great love of God in the name of a "loving god." There is no question that the good news of the Gospel centers on the love of God; but, to deny God's wrath eliminates the need for the good news. It also minimizes the culpability of sinners, denies the justice of God's punishment, and trivializes God's love for us.