So, Hillary votes “no” on Faith in Public Square, then?

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So, it wasn't long ago -- April 13, actually -- that I watched the usual "Hillary is very religious" narrative begin again and asked whether that meant the churches had an ally in Hillary, against those voices who demand that faith be relegated to pews and homes, and put out of the public square:Since Mrs. Clinton is now “officially running” for president, and the press is making a quick note of how important both her faith and its applications for social justice are to her, I expect to hea … [Read more...]

Will Bible-Carrying Hillary Address Churches & Public Square?

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As soon as Hillary Clinton enters into a serious campaign mode -- and this has been true for her husband's campaigns as well as her own -- the citizenry becomes informed that Mrs. Clinton is a "staunch Methodist" and bible-believing Christian. It is always one of the very first cards she plays in her attempts to "connect" with the rubes and yahoos yearning masses whose causes she wants to champion, and whose votes usually factor in religion. I recall reading, during Bill Clinton's campaigns, … [Read more...]

RFRA Tempts Kristallnacht but Sane Voices Arising?

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Well, America -- pitching between lunacy and sorrow -- seems to be reaching a tipping point.The Indiana RFRA story has inspired hypocritical businessmen to declare they won't sell their wares to the Midwestern rubes who won't settle down and think right.It has lured dependable establishment shills into bravely expressing the exact moral outrage guaranteed to get a cheer from the audience.It has assured some in the press that cutting off the microphone of a guest who will not buckle … [Read more...]

Blurred Lines: Religious Freedom and Indiana SB101

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Melinda Selmys believes some lobbyists behind Indiana's SB 101 intend to blur important lines of distinction between authentic religious freedom and “Christian freedom.”[While I am still on book-writing break, Melinda Selmys guest-posts about important distinctions that are becoming blurred in our national discourse on religious freedom and the inviolability of an individual's religious conscience. Melinda is a convert to Catholicism, a contributor at Spiritual Friendship, and the author of 4 … [Read more...]

Fearful Christians at Duke Will Make Secularists’ Job Easier

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"Tolerance" as a concept has been so thoroughly bastardized by agendists using the word as a silencing cudgel, that I think many have forgotten what it is actually about: "putting up with" each other, in peace.Tolerance requires not that we "celebrate and support" each other, but merely that we make some room to let the gal or guy next to us -- regardless of what they believe -- live out their lives. Misuse of the word has sullied it and created such a disconnect between action and meaning … [Read more...]

You Want Dignity? You Should Have It. So Should Everyone.

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All day I had hoped to find time to respond to this piece by Frank Bruni in the New York Times wherein he argues that religious liberty must be regulated and sidelined, for the sake of human dignity, particularly his:Christian fundamentalists in this country are practiced at claiming marginalization and oppression. “They’re always saying they’re kept out of the public square, and that’s baloney,” said Marci Hamilton, a constitutional law expert and the author of “God vs. the Gavel.” “They’re … [Read more...]

Expelled Iraqi Christians, Give Witness to ISIS Fascism – UPDATE! KURDS!

The choice is leave or take a bullet to the head; you have ten hours to get out or die; take nothing but the clothes on your back; oh, you need that glucose meter? Your blood pressure meds? That's too bad.The Christians interviewed here make me feel very proud, and very humbled. They are obviously hurting, obviously shocked and displaced, yet full of spirit. And who wouldn't be a bit angry and undone in such a case? As the lady says, "what have the Christians done to you?"And yet, when … [Read more...]

James Martin SJ: Gravity in Face of MSNBC Condescension – UPDATED

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Having read and followed the work Father James Martin, S.J. for a decade or more, I would be hard-pressed to identify a time when he was less than smiling and serene in his discussions on matters of faith, prayer, church-life and more.So, it was striking, and meaningful, to see this most temperate of priests bring a respectful-but-grave presence to an MSNBC discussion that, it seems to me, was handled poorly. The participants, save the Jesuit, seemed unserious and … [Read more...]

Constitutional Crisis: Freedom of Religion is Fundamental

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Over at Patheos' "Public Square" page, they're asking whether religious freedom is under threat in America.Not as many takers on the offer to opine on this topic as I had supposed, but some of the essays may (or may not) surprise you.Indianapolis' Bishop Christopher Coyne is a participant and he points out that "Freedom of Worship" is not "Freedom of Religion":[Catholic Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Iraq] issued a very clear warning to the gathered American bishops on what he saw … [Read more...]

Go and Learn What this Means: “Cognitive Dissonance”

So, you know all this brouhaha, all these hysterics about how bakers, and photographers, and other service-providers who routinely work for gay clientele (but draw a line at serving gay weddings because they feel it imperils their souls) are horrible people?And you know the whole "if you think that way, then you're a bigot," thing, because governments and pundits have taken it into their heads that it is their job to define "sin" to another person?And you know that whole, "refusing to … [Read more...]


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