WASHINGTON — Christians should not cower to the "new intolerance," in which certain liberals have used government, social and economic power to bully and censor people who disagree with them, because doing so will only undermine the Church, Mary Eberstadt argued Tuesday for a lecture hosted by First Things.
The new intolerance is unlike previous challenges Christians have faced, she explained, because it's not rooted in a deep philosophical debate, such as debates over theodicy, or the challenges to the Church presented by Pelagianism or Arianism.
The new intolerance "is not an intellectual or philosophical force. In fact, it's hardly about ideas at all. It is instead something very specific, taken from playbooks that nobody should be proud of studying. It's about using intimidation, humiliation, censorship, and self-censorship to punish those who think differently," she said. more >>
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addressed the town of Ferguson on Tuesday and revealed a plan for handling any civil disturbances in the aftermath of the grand jury's decision whether to indict officer Darren Wilson.
"The [National] Guard will be available when we determine it is necessary to support local law enforcement," Nixon said at a press conference. "Quite simply, we must and will be fully prepared. As governor, the most important part of my job is keeping the people of Missouri safe."
The town of Ferguson has been preparing for the grand jury's verdict as to whether Officer Darren Wilson will be indicted in the shooting of unarmed teen, Michael Brown. Wilson shot and killed Brown in August, leading to outrage among the citizens of Ferguson. There were several protests, peaceful and not peaceful, that have continued even now. The state has been trying to work with the public to better relations between officials and the public. However, Nixon's press conference upset some people and seemingly made things worse. more >>
A group of students at the University of California Santa Barbara have filed a complaint seeking damages against the academic institute and a professor who destroyed a pro-life display.
Represented by the Napa-based Life Legal Defense Foundation, the students' complaint was filed Thursday at the Santa Barbara County Superior Court. Those named in the complaint include Mireille Miller-Young, the professor who defaced the pro-life display, and the regents of UCSB.
In March, a group of prolife students had a display on the UCSB campus' free speech zone that included a sign and pamphlets they were passing out. Miller-Young stole and destroyed the sign; then she physically attacked one of the activist's, a teenage girl named Catherine Short. more >>
A man who was jailed in Pakistan after being accused of making blasphemous remarks about Islam was killed by a police officer Thursday morning when he was chopped to death with an axe, police officials said.
Fifty-five-year-old, Tufail Haider, who is of Shi'ite Muslim faith, was arrested late Wednesday night, in the town of Gujrat in the Punjab province, after people overheard him making blasphemous remarks about the companions of the Prophet Muhammed. The group of people proceeded to attack Haider, and once they beat him down, they turned him over to authorities.
According to a fellow police officer, the same officer that brought Haider into the precinct and booked him, Faraz Naveed, was the same officer responsible for Haider's murder just a few hours later at 5 a.m. more >>
"Orange Is The New Black" actress Lea DeLaria raised eyebrows on a New York subway early Tuesday when she began heckling another passenger who was preaching to commuters.
The openly lesbian actress, who plays Carrie "Big Boo" Black on the Netflix series, was captured on video bullying a man who was trying to share the Gospel with other passengers while riding in a subway car.
As soon as the unidentified christian man began reading scripture out loud DeLaria, who was wearing a black t-shirt with the words "Bad Jews" emblazoned on the front, sprung to her feet and began angrily heckling him. more >>
Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old man who was arrested for feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale was re-arrested 24 hours later for the same offense.
"I am both enthused and humbled," Abbott told local10.com after being arrested the first time on Tueday. "The good news is that there is pressure being put on the city of Fort Lauderdale to do something about a law that is not only unfair, it's repressive. We've heard from every continent. The last I heard was from Kenya and Moscow. I've heard from South America, any number of people from Canada, three newspapers from the United Kingdom."
Abbott and two pastors were all arrested on Tuesday for violating a new law that went into effect last week, preventing people from feeding the homeless. All three men face fines of $500 and up to 60 days in jail for their charitable work. And while Abbott has received a lot of support from people around the world, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler is not a fan. more >>