Culture Warriors Crying Wolf

Soon after publishing deceptive stories on the two cases of VA hospitals allegedly banning religious expressions of Christmas, Todd Starnes reported that a California elementary school teacher "allegedly confiscated a six-year-old child’s Christmas candy canes and told him 'Jesus is not allowed in school.'" Although Starnes correctly used the word "allegedly" to denote that we don't actually know for certain if this is an accurate account of what happened, he clearly and snarkily assumes it as fa … [Read more...]

Persecution Continues: Political Reform in Myanmar May Not Be The Progress We Think It Is

When Myanmar president Thein Sein made a state visit to London last July, the British foreign secretary congratulated him on Myanmar’s slew of recent reforms: direct government censorship of the media had been abolished the year before; the newly free Aung San Suu Kyi had been permitted to win a seat in parliament; and since becoming president in 2011, Thein Sein had released 1,300 political prisoners.Along with cautious praise, the British government presented Thein Sein with millions t … [Read more...]

The Minority Report: When Youth Pastors Should Go to Prison

Every Tuesday in The Minority Report, Drew Dixon takes a look at trends in youth culture and offers some biblical wisdom for navigating them.If you are my daughter's youth pastor and you ever abduct her at gun point, I will at the very least press charges--I will probably have to fight the temptation to do much worse to you. I will not care that you were trying to illustrate some greater spiritual lesson to her about the "real persecution" that other Christians face in countries bereft of … [Read more...]