Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson of the cable network's "The Real Story" has recently taken hits from film critics for her acting debut in "Persecuted," a new movie about a preacher-turned-fugitive who is framed for murder.
"I'm just cracking up at the critical reviews," she told the Hollywood Reporter. "The way in which they write the criticism is so transparent, because they automatically hit me for who I am."
The Christian Post recently interviewed Carlson via email to talk about the movie, her faith, and journalism. The interview is below. more >>
Debate about religion in American public life existed well before America's independence. Many talk about religious freedom, the First Amendment, and mistakenly argue that the U.S. Constitution delineates a "separation of church and state." Yet, the highest court of the land, the U.S. Supreme Court has never formally defined what actually constitutes "religion." Nor has the Court ever defined "God." In fact, its standards for referring to "religion" evolve, change, and remain inconsistent.
For example, in 1890, the Court referred to religion in traditional theistic terms, referring to a "Creator."
By the 1960s, when interpreting the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, the Court referred to religion as it relates to both a person's belief in the existence of a particular God and another's disbelief in a particular God or belief in no God at all. When ruling on conscientious objector status, the Court expanded the concept of religion from believing in a "supreme being" to include "deeply held moral and ethical beliefs." more >>
"The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; and their truth is pitiless. Thus some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity (I am sorry to say) is often untruthful." – G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
If this assessment was true in Gilbert Keith's day, how much more so today? What we consider Christian virtues have been pulled apart to the point of complete isolation. These virtues are meant to be grouped together as different facets of a complete individual, but as the deconstruction of our culture has progressed, they have been amputated and mutated as Chesterton describes.
The book of Philippians compiles a number of these virtues in one sublime verse. The Apostle Paul, speaking to the church in Philippi, advised them "whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things" (Phil 4:8, NKJV). Philippians is considered one of the high points of Pauline scripture for its portrayal of the mind of Christ, yet this nearly rendered gibberish in a world which has dismissed the existence of Truth outside of a petri dish. A world in which Justice is interchangeable with social outrage. more >>
Here I expose another big lie from Mideast Studies professors.
Is jizya-the money non-Muslims historically paid their Muslim conquerors-meant to buy them "protection," including from outside enemies, as modern Western academics maintain? Or was it simply extortion money meant to buy non-Muslims their lives, as Islam's scriptures mandate?
The word jizya appears in Koran 9:29: "Fight those among the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day, nor forbid what Allah and his Messenger have forbidden, nor embrace the religion of truth, until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued (emphasis added)." more >>
The Arabic "nun" symbol, or N, which stands for Nazarene and refers to Christians, ominously began appearing, stamped in red, on Christian homes in Mosul, Iraq, two weeks ago.
By mid-July, it was accompanied by another statement, painted in black, "Property of the Islamic State." And with that, the Christians found their worst fears confirmed.
On July 19, ISIS, the Sunni Muslim insurgent group declaring itself the Islamic State, carried out unabated and unabashed religious cleansing against Christians and the non-Sunni Muslim communities. Today, in this place of Nineveh of the Bible, the ancient heart of Iraqi Christianity, there's not a single Christian left. All have been stripped of their possessions and deported. more >>
Democrats have a religion problem. Republicans have a race and ethnicity problem. How party leaders deal with those challenges will define them for a generation.
As a May Christian Post analysis pointed out, the Republican's race and ethnicity problem and the Democrat's religion problem are on a collision course that will shake up the current political divide.
The collision will happen because two of today's major political gaps will cross paths for the next generation of Americans. Those two gaps are: 1) the religious participation gap, in which those who attend religious services often are more likely to vote Republican and those who attend less often, or do not attend, are more likely to vote Democrat; and 2) the race/ethnicity gap, in which a majority of whites support Republicans and a majority of non-whites support Democrats. more >>