There are plenty of losers in the fight over the government shutdown, as well as a couple of winners.
The federal government reversed a decision to deny certain priests the ability to hold religious services on military bases after being faced with a lawsuit.
Political leaders reached an agreement Wednesday on a temporary government funding bill and a temporary extension of the nation's debt limit. The agreement provides a path out of the current toxic environment that led to the standstill, but it also puts off the difficult issues for only a few months.
With House leaders unable to reach an agreement within their own Republican caucus, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have now taken the lead on a short-term increase in the national debt limit and short-term funding bill to end the government shutdown.
Without Sen. Ted Cruz's fateful "non-filibuster" and corresponding government shutdown, the front page news on America's leading newspapers for the past two weeks would have been the White House's disastrous "Obamacare" rollout. What happened instead was news about an ill-conceived, ill-planned strategy by Cruz and Tea Party Republicans to defund "Obamacare," which led to a government shutdown.
Christians in the United States have too often been only concerned about religious freedom for themselves, rather than fighting for religious freedom for all, Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, argued at a Thursday symposium, "Faith, Culture & Religious Freedom in the 21st Century."
Younger Generation Has Not Rejected Traditional Marriage Argument, They Haven't Heard It, Argues Conservative Advocate
The fight to prevent the redefinition of marriage is not over, panelists argued Friday at the Values Voter Summit. When asked if the younger generation is a lost cause, Ryan T. Anderson, William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Free Society at The Heritage Foundation, answered, "It's not that the young generation has heard the argument for marriage and rejected it, it's that they haven't heard the argument for marriage yet."
While President Barack Obama speaks often about wanting to help the middle class, his policies have made it harder for them to earn a living, Gov. Mike Huckabee said, adding, "nobody's done more to kick this middle class in the groin than this administration."
In 1960, only five percent of children were born out of wedlock. By 2010, that number rose to 40 percent. At a Wednesday panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute, experts talked about what this "new normal," as The New York Times called it, means for the American family, religions and economy.
A group of evangelical leaders have embarked on a "faithful filibuster" protest, asking political leaders to address the impact of the partial government shutdown on the poor and vulnerable in society.
Pacifism, Overly-Strict Just War Theory, Both Problematic in War on Terror, Christian Thinker Argues
Both pacifism and an overly-strict Just War Theory are inappropriate responses to the War on Terror, theologian William Abraham argued Monday at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's Diane Knippers Lecture.
With the fights over the current partial government shutdown and raising the nation's debt limit, America's political leaders are bringing the nation to the brink of ... well ... that depends on who you talk to. As the two sides point the blame at each other, though, there has been much misinformation. Here are four myths you may have heard.
In one of the first large-scale comparisons of the children of same-sex married parents to other types of parenting, children raised by gay and lesbian couples were only 65 percent as likely to graduate from high school as those raised in traditional two-parent households, even after controlling for factors such as income and education of the parents.
Supreme Court Justice Scalia Discusses Pope Francis, the Devil, Homosexuality and Duck Dynasty for New York Mag Interview
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke bluntly on a wide range of topics in a lively interview with New York magazine's Jennifer Senior published Sunday.
The National Park Service appears to be unnecessarily erecting barricades during the government shutdown. Its actions have left many tourists to wonder, if the NPS can spend money keeping people out of open-air parks, why not spend that money to let people in?
Religious Services Denied to Military Personnel Due to Gov't Shutdown; Priests Could Get Arrested for Volunteering
Some Catholic priests are not allowed to offer communion and other religious services on military installations because of the government shutdown. They could even get arrested for volunteering their services. Some Protestant services on military bases may also be affected.
A previous Christian Post analysis noted that the root cause of the current government shutdown is the design of our government. Our Founding Fathers, in other words, are to blame for the shutdown. One of those Founding Fathers, James Madison, can also help us understand why President Barack Obama has the upper hand in his fight with Congress.
National Organization for Marriage Sues IRS for Releasing Confidential Tax Documents to Human Rights Campaign
The National Organization for Marriage announced Thursday a lawsuit in federal court against the Internal Revenue Service for illegally releasing confidential tax documents to the Human Rights Campaign.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, offered Wednesday for the RNC to pay the costs of keeping the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. open during the government shutdown. Some have wondered why the memorial needs to be barricaded at all, given that it is out in the open.
Dem Leader Harry Reid Says He Wouldn't Pass a Funding Bill to Save a Kid From Cancer, Bashes Reporter for Asking the Question
In response to a reporter's question, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would not support passage of a funding bill even if it saved a kid from cancer. He then derided the reporter as irresponsible and reckless for asking the question.
President Barack Obama invited congressional leaders to the White House Wednesday evening to discuss the government shutdown. No new deals were offered or suggested. Obama reiterated that he is not willing to compromise. Republican leaders insisted on negotiating modifications to the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." The shutdown will continue with no end in sight.
The government shutdown is unbiblical, Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, argued in a video produced by Sojourners, because the politicians who shut down the government are opposed to government altogether and against the poor.
House Republicans on Monday made their fifth offer to Democrats on a bill to fund the government. President Barack Obama and Democrats rejected the offer, saying they will only accept a bill with no concessions on modifying the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
There has been much finger pointing going around lately. Republicans say it is the Democrats fault; Democrats say it is the Republicans fault. To get at the root cause of the current government shutdown, though, one must understand why our Founding Fathers designed our government the way they did.
The National Religious Broadcasters on Tuesday unanimously elected Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president of Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, to be its new president. Johnson promised that as its new leader the NRB would champion religious freedom and freedom of speech.