The left has figured out how to successfully push through its agenda by using one simple tactic: demonizing the right. Even if there is no truth to the cruel labels, the left has figured out they work. Repeat the words "bigot," "hate," "sexist" and "intolerant" enough and they will start to stick. It's known as the "framing war," and Republicans aren't very good at it, probably because we're too nice. We're the party of Judeo-Christian morality, so calling the opposition names isn't considered polite. Instead, we naively think we can stick to debating the substance of issues and the truth will win out.
We saw how a very small minority within the left, the gay community — less than 3 percent of the population — was able to implement same-sex marriage. A small group of radicals labeled anyone who disagreed with their approach as bigots full of hate. They launched a clever ad campaign with glamorous, photoshopped pictures of celebrities in white wearing No H8 stickers on their faces and duct tape over their mouths. The approach worked, and the movement picked up steam. Support for same-sex marriage increased from 27 percent in 1996 to 60 percent this year, culminating in last week's sweeping U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis group is continuing its lawsuit against the state of Kentucky, accusing it of violating First Amendment religious freedom rights by denying its Ark Encounter project participation in the state tax incentive program because of its insistence on religious preference in hiring workers. The state is arguing, however, that the Noah's ark theme park would be an evangelism tool.
The Associated Press reported that the AiG's lawsuit is hoping to force Kentucky to allow it back in the tourism incentive program, which could be worth close to $18 million.
Lawyers for the Creationist ministry argued on Wednesday that the group should not be denied participation just because it wants to hire Christian workers for the project, which is set to be completed in 2016. more >>
A primetime television series based on events recorded in the book of Acts experienced a major ratings low for its finale episode Sunday, continuing a series-long downward trend since April.
"A.D. The Bible Continues," a follow-up series to the hit program "The Bible," scored a 0.7 rating among the 18-49 demographic, which translates to approximately 3.56 million viewers.
This rating was well below the series premiere of ABC's "Battlebots," which ran in the same hour as "A.D." and scored a 1.9 rating with approximately 5.44 million viewers. more >>
Evangelical Christian pastor Joel Osteen shared in an interview this week that "a whole group of probably about 50 Muslims" recently visited his nondenominational megachurch in Houston, Texas, and indicated that his inspirational messages on "how to live a great life" resonate with people "in Muslim countries."
"I have Muslims that attend our church and my books sell a lot in Muslim countries as well," Osteen said during an interview with Jeremy Hobson for the "Here and Now" radio program published online Monday.
Hobson had mentioned that he heard Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel express the opinion that Christianity and Judaism had not done "a good enough job keeping an open conversation with Muslims" in the U.S. He then asked Osteen if he has conversations with Muslims, which prompted the preacher to share that he "certainly" does. more >>
Were most white missionaries of the past 200 years colonialists? Recently, I attended a Christian conference and heard Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, an author and professor at North Park University, claim: "If you've never had a non-white mentor in your life, you're not a missionary; you're a colonialist. You're going to colonize the Third World – Africa, Asia Minor, America – with a particular brand of white, evangelical Christianity that is not the full gospel of Jesus Christ."
I understand the point Dr. Rah was making and why the audience enthusiastically applauded in response. No doubt, many white missionaries over the past two centuries have exhibited ethnocentric attitudes, believing their Western culture to be superior to the culture of the people they served. And, he's right that white believers, and all believers for that matter, should seek to learn from Christians who see the world through a different cultural lens.
However, with Elisabeth Elliot's passing this week, I couldn't help but think of how unfair Dr. Rah's statement is too. Can we really reduce the work of missionaries like Elizabeth Elliot and her husband Jim Elliot to colonialism if they don't pass a certain test? What about the Elliot's colleagues – Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming and Roger Youderian? All were brutally murdered, along with Jim, by the Huaorani people of Ecuador – the very people they were attempting to help. Were all these missionaries colonialists? I honestly don't know if any of them would have passed Dr. Rah's test. more >>
The executive director for the mission agency of the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country has announced her resignation.
Linda Valentine, the longest serving executive director for the Presbyterian Mission Agency of Presbyterian Church (USA), announced Tuesday that she was stepping down after nearly 10 years in the position.