ARLINGTON, Va. – A gathering of various Christian groups Tuesday focused on the need to offer legal religious liberty protection for non-church businesses and nonprofits, with one speaker noting that religious freedom concerns are a "spreading problem."
At the two-day spring meeting of the Common Ground Christian Network, held at Restoration Anglican Church, attendees heard from multiple speakers who talked about legal challenges facing parachurch groups and others. Stanley Carlson-Thies, founder and senior director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, spoke Tuesday morning about several points regarding religious liberty issues at home versus abroad.
"There are religious freedom concerns popping up all over the place," said Carlson-Thies to those gathered, calling it a "spreading problem." more >>
Charisma News' Jennifer LeClaire recently reported on a live television sex show that apparently has a pastor—a pastor who holds a doctorate in counseling and leads a national Christian women's ministry—serving as a judge on the show. Then there's the other example of a pastor's wife who is reportedly employed as an exit counselor in an abortion clinic. Both claim that "God is leading them." God leading someone to be a judge on a secular sex show is like Him leading someone to join the pornography industry to lead some to Christ. This makes no sense.
Jennifer then asked, "Is the Church Compromising the Gospel in the Name of Impacting Culture?" I would say, "ABSOLUTELY!" Without genuine guidance from the Holy Spirit, we find ourselves in the same place as Samson—he knew not that the Spirit of the Lord had departed from him (cf. Judges 16:20).
Before asking if something is culturally relevant or permissible, we should ask, "Does it glorify Christ?" Is it consistent with our Christian character? Will it send the right message? Will it cause others to stumble or think less of the gospel? more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to go along with the Obama administration's effort to force the University of Notre Dame to pay for birth control methods in violation of Catholic doctrine.
In February 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled, in University of Notre Dame v. Burwell, that the Catholic university must abide by the birth control mandate. The Supreme Court vacated that decision Monday and ordered the Seventh Circuit to reconsider its decision "in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc."
Before the Supreme Court's order, Notre Dame was the only religious nonprofit in the country without an exemption from the birth control mandate due to the Seventh Circuit's ruling. more >>
As International Women's Day approaches, I can't help but think of the hashtag that set social media worldwide ablaze with protests. Last April, #BringBackOurGirls called the world's attention to the kidnapping of 276 school girls — taken from the Chibok Government Secondary School in northeast Nigeria by terrorist group Boko Haram.
Shocked and upset by the kidnappings, I participated in one of the real-life protests held in front of the Nigerian Embassy here in Washington, DC. Posting hashtags on twitter just wasn't enough; I needed to do more.
So I joined a frustrated but peaceful group of demonstrators comprised of people from all walks of life, who were rightfully outraged by this blatant attack on the lives of innocent young girls. more >>
Organizers of last year's Conservative Political Action Conference faced criticism due to the fact that last year's conference placed little emphasis on social issues. In fact, last year's conference failed to include any panels that specifically dealt with abortion. However, this year's CPAC included a good breakout session on sanctity of life issues entitled "Baby Steps: The Pro-Life Success Story." The panelists featured some heavy hitters from the pro-life movement including Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, Charmaine Yoest, the President of Americans United for Life, and Darla St. Martin, Co-Executive Director of the National Right to Life Committee.
Yoest thanked everyone for "voting with their feet" and attending. The abortion issue was certainly of interest to many CPAC attendees. Over 100 people were in attendance and the meeting room was filled beyond capacity. The entire panel had a very optimistic tone to it. Dannenfelser began her remarks by stating that "Abortion Centered Feminism is Dead" citing the success that pro-life candidates had during the 2014 election cycle. She also stated that her group's strategy of targeting pro-life voters by going door to door proved effective.
However, the positive results from the 2014 election were due to more than effective grassroots mobilization. She stated that when it comes to elections "do not just go with your gut, do due diligence." Through focus groups and polling, the Susan B. Anthony List found that both the 20-week abortion ban and cutting off taxpayer funding for abortion were winning issues for pro-life candidates. She also said that it was important that pro-life candidates went on the offensive in 2014. Furthermore, the Susan B. Anthony List did everything it could to make sure candidates knew how to articulate the abortion issue well. more >>
Pro-lifers are concerned about the commitment of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, to ending abortion.
In a "Fox News Sunday" interview, Walker said he was pro-life but sounded dipassionate about ending abortion if he were elected president.
During his reelection campaign, host Chris Wallace noted, Walker ran an ad calling abortion an "agonizing choice" and said he supported legislation that "leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor." more >>