The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the health insurance subsidies allowed in the Affordable Care Act, securing the insurance of millions of Americans.
In a 6-3 decision, the highest court in the land ruled that the federal government could provide tax subsidies for those living in states that without a state-run exchange program.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. more >>
A new Public Religion Research Institute/Religion News Survey poll has found that while the majority of Americans believe that God has granted the U.S. a "special role" in human history, there's a large disagreement among age groups on whether being a Christian is important for national identity.
The survey found that six in 10, or 62 percent of respondents, believe in American exceptionalism, while 33 percent disagree. Support for such a view mostly came from conservatives, at 80 percent, while only 45 percent of liberals agreed.
The survey also asked Americans what characteristics they find important for U.S. national identity. While 77 percent of the 65+ age group said believing in God is very or somewhat important, only 52 percent of the 18-29 group agreed. When the question specifically asked whether being Christian is important, 66 percent of the 65+ group agreed, but only 35 percent of the 18-29 year-olds said the same. more >>
In no way am I disregarding, demeaning, or belittling the death of the nine people murdered in a church in Charleston, S.C. Their lives are not insignificant. And grief, sorrow, anger, and desire for justice are all right and healthy responses. But the response to these murders makes obvious two alarming realities about American Christians.
It's astounding and disturbing to observe selective displays of public grief and prayer in America. What does it take to be publicly mourned by Christians—to be shot in church?
When and where was Christian "solidarity" displayed over Memorial Day weekend after 56 people were shot in Chicago, of whom 12 died including a 4 year-old girl and three teenagers? Where was the public display of Christian prayer and hand ringing after 23 people in New York City or 28 in Baltimore were shot, including 9 killed, over the same weekend? more >>
As Christian mother of five Asia Bibi marks her sixth year in prison in Pakistan, placed on death row for blasphemy charges, a U.K. Christian group reports that some attempts are being made to reform sections of the country's controversial blasphemy laws that punish religious minorities. The group also believes that Britain and the U.S. must rethink the way they provide financial aid to Pakistan if they want to see reforms in the country.
"The proposed changes will ostensibly make it more difficult for blasphemy charges to be laid, focusing on proving that any blasphemy was intentional under a legal concept termed Mens Rea translated as 'guilty mind,'" Wilson Chowdhry, president of the British Pakistani Christian Association, told The Christian Post on Wednesday.
"However the large number of extra-judicial killings and insouciance from local police to get involved in blasphemy charges or a pattern of local police authorities cowing under pressure from mobs led by local imams, suggest this law change will have little effect." more >>
On the same day that Bobby Jindal announced he's running for president, The Washington Post published an article implicitly questioning why the Louisiana governor indentifies more as an American than an Indian American.
Jindal's parents were born and raised in India before immigrating to the United States.
"Yet many see him as a man who has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his Indian roots," Annie Gowen and Tyler Bridges reported from Khanpur, India. more >>
Looking at President Obama's foreign policy toward the Muslim world, especially Iran, makes me feel like America has followed Alice into Wonderland. Nothing makes sense anymore, as the surreal has displaced the logical. Given Mr. Obama's progressive ideology, it's exactly what we should have expected.
Foreign policy is the realm of realpolitik. It has to be so, because the stakes are so high: the prosperity and even the survival of the human race. The first duty of every president has to be ensuring that the nation does not become vulnerable to the attacks of its enemies, but Mr. Obama fails to understand who our enemies are.
Progressivism, unfortunately, is not very good at recognizing reality. That's because progressivism focuses on vision and aspiration. Conservatism begins with the facts on the ground and seeks improvement through gradual reform, while progressivism begins with a utopian vision and tries to conform reality to it. more >>