WASHINGTON — The belief that religion should be excluded from any role in the public square has become the "normal" and "accepted" view in today's society, Princeton law professor Robert P. George warned Wednesday night at an awards dinner honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Acting as the master of ceremonies for the Catholic Information Center's celebration dinner honoring Scalia as the posthumous winner of the 2016 Saint John Paul II New Evangelization Award, George offered brief remarks about how Scalia was not afraid to stand opposed to the Left's "powerful train" that has "damaged constitutional jurisprudence" by attempting to "relegate religion to the purely private sphere of life."
George, who is also a former chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, explained that since 1947, there has been a mission to distort the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to mean that faith should be excluded from public life and concealed in the privacy of churches, temples, homes and bedrooms. more >>
The Ark Encounter President Ken Ham has revealed that the life-sized Noah's Ark is on track to reach 1.4 million visitors, and said that the theme park and evangelist Ray Comfort's recently premiered "The Atheist Delusion" film share a common mission.
The Kentucky-based Ark Encounter hosted the premiere of Comfort's film last weekend, and Ham revealed in a blog post on his Answers in Genesis website that he introduced the documentary with a discussion about the Ark.
"In many ways we built the Ark for the same reason that Ray and his team made 'The Atheist Delusion': to teach apologetics to people who don't know how to defend the Word of God and to share the Gospel with skeptics and unbelievers," Ham wrote. more >>
An online petition started by the Family Research Council condemns Georgia officials for demanding that a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister hand over his sermons to the state government, calling it an attempt to silence people of faith.
"I stand with Dr. Eric Walsh's freedom to believe and live according to his deeply-held beliefs. The demand that he hand over his sermons, sermon notes, and all pastoral documents including his Bible represents a government intrusion into the sanctity of the church, pastor's study, and pulpit," reads the petition to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.
"Heavy-handed tactics like this have the effect of intimidating and silencing people of faith everywhere. Such targeting of the pulpit by the government is unconscionable, and I urge you to use all means of your authority to correct this egregious overreach of the state into church affairs." more >>
NEW YORK — A Chinese pastor who suffered much persecution for spreading Christianity in the officially atheist country, sent the faith of a global gathering of Christians soaring Wednesday when he testified how his entire atheist family turned to God after he was healed of an illness that had left him crippled in his youth through prayers to Jesus.
Zhang Heng, associate director of China Gospel Mission and senior pastor at Zaidao Church in Beijing China, told several hundred people at the Movement Day Global Cities conference at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City Wednesday that the healing which triggered his journey into Christianity also led to the creation of many churches in China.
Speaking through a translator, Abraham Jiang, ministry leader with Shanghai Logos Church in Shanghai, in an interview with Ebony Small, director Movement Day and Events, The New York Leadership Center, Heng explained how as a youth he suffered from an unspecified medical condition that left him paralyzed until 1979. more >>
"If you vote for a third party or independent candidate, you're just wasting your vote," is one of the phrases so often repeated it's assumed true. Not only is it false, but assuming it's true weakens our democratic institutions.
Telling people that they waste their vote if they don't vote for one of the major party candidates is a dangerous mindset because it's exactly that assumption that contributes to the abysmal candidate choices that many Americans have been so upset about for many years. And it's why so many politicians are able to make promises they won't keep once they're in office.
The politicians will take advantage of you when they know you'll continue to vote for them no matter what because you think to do otherwise is a waste. Once you start thinking that way, you've become a captured voter. more >>
The Reverend Samuel Rodriguez had stated that Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton wants Hispanic Christians to go against their own religious beliefs in supporting her.
In a statement emailed to supporters on Monday morning, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference said that Clinton wants Christians "'to Sacrifice Our Most Cherished Values."
"Latinos are pro-life. Latinos, whether they be Evangelical or Catholic, must never sacrifice truth on the altar of political expediency," stated Rodriguez. more >>