WASHINGTON — Princeton law professor and leading religious freedom advocate Robert George argued Tuesday that although religion is part of the inherent good of human beings, terrorist attacks like Sunday's massacre in Orlando show the need for limits on religious freedom.
George, the former chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, participated in a panel discussion on the history of religious toleration and the importance of religious freedom in a free society at the Cato Institute.
The 60-year-old conservative professor explained that human rights, such as the right to religious freedom, are shaped only by the human goods they protect, arguing that the quest for religious truth is "a distinct aspect of human well-being and fulfillment as an esteemed human good." more >>
The American Family Association says Target is refusing to listen to millions of consumers who have signed a pledge to boycott the company's transgender bathroom policies, and has announced a new initiative in that effort.
"Because Target will not budge, neither will we," Walker Wildmon, assistant to the president, wrote in an update on Tuesday.
"This week we are announcing a new initiative to the #BoycottTarget pledge that seeks to add 50,000 potential Target shoppers to the pledge. While we are grateful for the over a million that have pledged to boycott Target, we know there are millions more that have the same sympathy but haven't signed the pledge," he added. more >>
Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has blamed President Barack Obama's administration and political correctness for the FBI releasing Orlando shooter Omar Mateen despite 10 months of investigation back in 2013.
Huckabee said Mateen, who on Sunday killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group, had told co-workers in 2013 that his family had connections to other terror groups, such as al-Qaeda, and had even expressed wishes to die as a martyr.
"So why in the world did they drop the investigation and walk away after 10 months? They bought his claim that he was teasing his co-workers because he thought they were trying to marginalize him for his Muslim faith," Huckabee wrote on his website on Tuesday. more >>
Christians need to stop making excuses and welcome God into their lives, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
The founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association wrote in a question-and-answer column published in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday that Christians need to stop coming up with reasons not to strengthen their relationship with God, saying that some have a misconception that Christianity is an "unbalanced" way to live one's life.
"I don't know how you decided that Christians are unbalanced, or that God doesn't want us to enjoy life, but you're wrong," Graham writes, referencing John 10:10 which reads: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." more >>
The best way to determine if it is time to marry is to consider God's will, John Piper advises Christian couples who are contemplating delaying their wedding.
Piper, the founder of DesiringGod.org, wrote in a recent post that many young Christians are faced with the difficult decision of whether to marry now or postpone their wedding until they finish their university education or feel they are in a better financial position.
Making the decision to marry now or wait can be a difficult one, and there are several questions to consider, Piper writes. Most importantly, Christian couples must be able to detect if it is in God's will. more >>
Olando shooter Omar Mateen who frequented the Pulse nightclub for three years before killing 49 people on Sunday had homosexual tendencies, according to his ex-wife and a former police academy recruit.
Sitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for four months, said he had a violent temper, but could not confirm whether his pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group was the main driving force behind his actions on Sunday.