190 million Americans affiliate with a rich and diverse variety of religious groups in our great country. The genius of our Founding Fathers guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Because of their determination and foresight, Americans are able, by law and in practice, to find meaning and blessing in religion, unmolested by anyone who hold different beliefs or no religious belief at all.
Globally, approximately 5.8 billion people identify with some religious belief or practice. Too many of them do not enjoy the freedoms of expression and practice that Americans do. The Pew Research Center reports that 75% of the world's population lives in areas with severe religious restrictions. Governments often suppress religious expression, or turn a blind eye when religious minorities are targets of discrimination or violence.
The list of religious minorities at risk is long. It includes the Baha'i in Iran, Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Hindus in Bangladesh, and numerous religious groups in China. Anti-Semitism is spiking in Europe and Islamophobia rises with every Islamist terror attack. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson says America is facing the greatest "assault on Christianity" that he has ever seen and suggests that Donald Trump might be the "biblically correct" option in the 2016 election.
Robertson, the founder of Duck Commander and a Christian reality television star, recently spoke with the My Faith Votes organization in an hour-long video conversation focusing on faith, society and the role Christians must play in the public square.
My Faith Votes is a nonprofit headed by former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson that is devoted to motivating Christians to vote and have a larger impact on the world and country. In the conversation, viewers and listeners had the ability to call in and ask Robertson questions. more >>
Even with all her baggage, the mainstream media continues to paint Hillary Clinton as an angel of light.
As nice as she looked at her acceptance speech, fake smiles and pretty white pantsuits can't cover over ugly. The kind of ugly that flows from the inside out. Nice smiles can't whitewash over grieving Benghazi family members who tell us she lied to them about why those heroes died. They died in a country she and President Barack Obama botched up so bad, the president had to authorize an uptick in U.S.-led attacks against ISIS recently.
We're told that the woman in a white pantsuit cares. Sure. Hillary showed us how much she cares — about herself and personal convenience rather than our national security — when she broke State Department rules and set up a personal server in her home. more >>
California State Senator Ricardo Lara announced that he will be dropping a provision from a bill that critics warned would have curbed the religious exemption rights of private schools.
Senator Lara recently introduced Senate Bill 1146, which among other things would have made it easier for LGBT students of religious colleges to sue the schools for upholding traditional Christian teachings on gender and sexuality.
In a statement published in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Lara explained that while he supports protecting LGBT students of religious schools, he is aware that certain "unintended consequences" may come from his bill. more >>
Twenty-six LGBT organizations are demanding that the Big 12 block the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-operated Brigham Young University from joining the athletic conference because of the institution's biblical stance on same-sex marriage.
As the Big 12 looks to expand and BYU makes its case to join the conference, Athlete Ally and 25 other LGBT advocacy groups sent a letter on Monday to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and the leadership of schools within the conference to warn about BYU's policies that they believe to be discriminatory toward the LGBT community.
"The Big 12 is a conference committed to sportsmanship, fair play and inclusion both on and off the playing field," the letter states. "You are known for your dedication to fans and your commitment to the welfare of your student-athletes. Adding a school like BYU to your membership while it still champions anti-LGBT policies and practices would greatly undermine these Big 12 values." more >>
I suppose you've noticed all the gallows humor going on regarding the presidential election. And for good reason.
So, have you heard this one? Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are stranded at sea on a life boat. Who survives? Ha! America does!
Ok, now that I've offended everyone: What a bizarre election year this has been. As my BreakPoint this Week co-host Ed Stetzer has said quite a few times, "When political historians look back on the early 21st century, the phrase we'll hear the most is, 'except for 2016'." more >>