Is Donald Trump Going to Deport Christian Homeschoolers?

Kris Kobach, Kansas' secretary of state, is widely known to be working with Trump to develop a plan for registering Muslims from "high-risk areas" of the globe. An Associated Press photographer captured a high-resolution photo of Trump and Kobach, who was holding a binder and a stack of papers in his left hand that appears to be his “strategic plan for [the] first 365 days” of his run atop DHS, should Trump tap him to lead the agency.The first section of the partially obscured document highl … [Read more...]


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Chain Email Calls Trump “Natural Born Killer,” Urges Christians to Vote for Him

Today we cover a pro-Trump chain email that is also circulating on Facebook. A Message For Christians About Donald TrumpHere's a famous joke about God and how he talks to us."A deeply faithful Christian man is stuck on roof at home with massive flooding up to the 2nd floor. Rowboat comes. He says "No, I'm waiting for God. I prayed and I know he's coming."  2nd Rowboat. "No, I'm waiting for God." 3rd Rowboat. "No, I'm waiting for God."Water rises. The man drowns. Now he's meeting God … [Read more...]


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Donald Trump and the Way Evangelicals Talk about Sin

I've watched evangelicals argue that while Trump is a sinner, God has forgiven him. They've insisted that he's a new baby Christian, that his life has changed and his past is behind him, despite an utter lack of evidence. Growing up in an evangelical home, I learned that "ye shall know them by their fruits," and Trump's fruit is most obviously unchanged. Listen to how he talks. Listen to how he defends himself. That is no the sound of a changed and repentant man you hear. Still, evangelicals … [Read more...]


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Will Marriage Equality End Parental Rights? Part 2

Last spring I dissected an article by Melissa Moschella, a philosophy professor at Catholic University of America. Moschella contended that the Obergefell decision was a threat to parents' rights. In the piece I looked at, she asked to whom children belong. Moschella argued that Obergefell suggests that children belong to the state, rather than to the parents. I pointed out that there have long been a variety of family forms and that the state by necessity must decide whose guardianship of a … [Read more...]


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No, Happiness Is NOT a Moral Obligation

This video has got to be one of the most godawful things I've seen in a long time.The full transcript can be downloaded here, and it's a doozy. Let me quote some excerpts for those not interested in (or able to) watch the video:Most people think of happiness as essentially a selfish issue: “I want to be happy -- and I want to be happy for me.”I’d like to suggest that in fact happiness is far, far more than a selfish desire. In fact, it is a moral obligation.. . .It i … [Read more...]


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Revisiting Focus on the Family’s Letter from a Christian in 2012

In 2008, when Obama was running for president, Focus on the Family put out a sixteen page document called “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America." In 2012, I revisited this letter. Today, in 2016, it's time I returned to it again.The letter begins like this: What will the United States be like if Senator Obama is elected? The most reliable way of predicting people’s future actions is by looking at their past actions. Jesus himself taught, “You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16 … [Read more...]


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From Traditional Daughter to Feminist Mother (and What That Means)

I was recently explaining to my daughter that Hillary has to work twice as hard as Trump does and be twice as organized and as competent as Trump is, because she's a woman. My daughter, Sally, was nonplussed. She didn't think that sounded fair. We talked a bit more about women's rights and the history of gender relations---all things we've touched on before---and my mind was drawn to the many studies and books I've seen and read on these issues, from Lean In to studies on how often women ask for … [Read more...]


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