Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump heaped praise on his favorite book, the Bible, just hours ahead of the CNN Republican debate Wednesday night, citing the Book of Proverbs to excoriate envy just three weeks after he came under fire for refusing to name his favorite Bible verse.
"There's so many things that you can learn from it (The Bible). Proverbs, the chapter 'never bend to envy.' I've had that thing all of my life where people are bending to envy," Trump told CBN reporter David Brody in an interview published Wednesday.
"I don't like to use this analogy, but like a great movie, a great, incredible movie. You'll see it once it will be good. You'll see it again. You can see it 20 times and every time you'll appreciate it more. The Bible is the most special thing," Trump added in the interview conducted on his golf course in Southern California. more >>
Mahatma Gandhi once said, "There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts."
He was partly right. Liberty of conscience is indeed sacred. There is, however, a higher court before which Mr. Gandhi — before which we all — will ultimately stand. It is Kim Davis' inevitable turn in the dock at this Supreme of all supreme courts that drives her steadfast refusal to mock God through mocking "marriage."
Let's set aside for a moment all the legal and political wrangling over religious freedom. What is it about Kentucky's Kim Davis that really has secularists, even some misguided and ill-informed church-goers, yanking their hair out in clumps? It seems many don't merely dislike this accidental civil-rights stalwart; they hate her with a white-hot hatred reminiscent of that levied against blacks during another civil-rights struggle. more >>
As the presidential primary season begins, candidates are looking for ways to stand out. Competing for the harshest rhetoric on immigration seems, sadly, to have become the preferred strategy for several candidates.
After Donald Trump dominated media attention with his immigration policy proposal — calling for mass deportation of all undocumented immigrants, a border wall to be paid for by the Mexican government, a moratorium on legal migration of immigrant workers, and an end to the 14th Amendment's provision of birthright citizenship — several other candidates have attempted to join him in the spotlight by announcing that they, too, support elements of this plan.
We believe candidates who seek to advance their campaigns by denigrating immigrants and proposing unworkable policies are making a grave mistake, both morally and politically. more >>
Currently ranked among the top ten most conservative states in the U.S., and the most conservative state in 2013 according to Gallup, Alabama is now seeking to raise revenue from the consumption of pornographic material and adult entertainment to fund essential services through a 40 percent state excise tax.
A WKRG report said the Alabama House Ways and Means Committee passed the proposed "porn tax" in a 10-4 vote last Wednesday as part of an effort to meet a $200 million budget shortfall before October 1.
Rep. Jack Williams, R-Vestavia Hills, said the whopping tax would apply to gross "receipts from the sale of sexually oriented materials." more >>
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck says if he can raise $10 million before Christmas he's willing to risk prison time to get Syrian Christian refugees into the U.S. without the requisite permission.
"Stop asking for permission! Stop thinking we need permission. … I asked if my audience could raise $10 million before Christmas to bring the Christians in from Syria. We will vet them ourselves. I have former CIA people that are going over, and they're vetting everybody right now. We can save more people by Christmas than Oscar Schindler saved, OK?" said Beck in recent interview with The Daily Caller.
"I refuse to be the church that stood and said, 'Sing louder when the trains with Jews go by.' Our churches have gone dead inside," Beck added. "I will so gladly grace a jail for the justice cause of saving people's lives. I don't need your permission at all to do the right thing! That's who we need to be now! Forget about Washington! You don't need permission to do the right thing." more >>
Hillary Clinton's much publicized visit to Foundry United Methodist Church yesterday brought back many memories. My first assignment with the Institute on Religion and Democracy 20 years ago was to research and publish an article on Foundry's then controversial pastor Phil Wogaman, a longtime liberal theologian who had taught at Wesley Seminary. He was an old time Social Gospel modernist, skeptical of biblical miracles but confident about perfecting society through state power.
My subsequent report on Wogaman's theology and politics was picked up by columnist Cal Thomas, which led to longtime Foundry members Bob and Elizabeth Dole, then in a presidential campaign, publicly quitting Foundry. I actually attended Foundry on the Sunday of Elizabeth Dole's final attendance. The church bulletin advertised a critique of the Republican "Contract With America." Wogaman afterwards mentioned me in his response to the Thomas column from the pulpit, with the Clintons present. Later he covered the episode in his memoir, as I did in my own book.
During that time IRD's office was across the street from Foundry Church, fueling suspicions of ongoing surveillance. Memories! more >>