Sam Harris and several other prominent members of the atheist community have condemned the Southern Poverty Law Center's recent decision to brand atheist authors critical of radical Islam as "anti-Muslim Extremists."
Harris, who himself has written books, articles, and made numerous commentaries on the dangers of Islamic extremism, described the SPLC's move as "unbelievable," and retweeted several messages by other atheists and supporters who also could not understand why Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Maajid Nawaz have found themselves of the "extremist" list.
As the SPLC notes in its report, Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born activist who says that she suffered female genital mutilation and fled civil war in Africa, but questions key parts of her persecution story, and argues that "she now positions herself as an ex-Muslim champion of women's rights, her anti-Muslim rhetoric is remarkably toxic." more >>
A gay journalist in the U.K. is speaking out against an appeals court in Ireland that ruled Christian bakers must compromise their religious convictions on marriage and make cakes that display pro-gay marriage messages.
As previously reported, a three-judge appeals court ruled earlier this week that Daniel and Amy McArthur, the owners of Ashers Bakery in Belfast, were not legally entitled to refuse to bake a cake for gay activist Gareth Lee, who wanted them to bake a cake with the slogan "Support Gay Marriage" scrawled on the top.
Although the bakers had served Lee before, they could not comply with his cake request because doing so would have forced them to not only agree with an opposing political point of view but also force them to go against their religious convictions that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. more >>
For Christians to transform the culture, they must have "hard heads" and "soft hearts," according to twin brothers David and Jason Benham.
In a video posted on their Facebook page on Tuesday, the Benham brothers spoke about how "courageous transformers confront culture."
"If we as faithful Christians are going to connect properly with culture, we've got to do it with a hard head and a soft heart," said David. "A hard head toward principle, yet with a soft heart toward people." more >>
Wheaton College's board of trustees have admitted that the evangelical school erred in judgment when it placed political science professor Larycia Hawkins on administrative leave last winter after she posted on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
As first reported by The Christian Post, Hawkins, the first African-American female tenured professor at the Illinois higher-education institution, took to Facebook last December to announce that she was wearing a hijab throughout the Advent to show her solidarity with Muslims. In the Facebook post, Hawkins asserted that Muslims are also people of the book and "worship the same God."
Shortly thereafter, the school placed Hawkins on administrative leave pending a review of the "theological implications" behind her comment. After conducting a review and having a theological discussion with Hawkins, it emerged that reconciliation efforts had reached an impasse after Hawkins refused to continue the theological dialogue with the school's administration. more >>
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 >>
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 >>