Today is a Good Day to Remember Jackie Robinson

If alive, Jackie Robinson would be celebrating his 94th birthday today. The man who broke baseball's racial barriers has a unique place in the nation's history.Branch Rickey was the baseball executive who signed Robinson. I wrote about the role Rickey's religious beliefs played in his decision to sign Robinson in 2011.The diamond in the picture above is Branch Rickey Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, my home town. Rickey was also from the Portsmouth area.  In that Crosswalk article, I wrote:To … [Read more...]

The Scandal of the Evangelical Double Mind

In his 1995 book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, Mark Noll wrote, "The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind."Recently, at Patheos, Eastern University professor Peter Enns updated Noll and added that "The real scandal of the Evangelical mind is that we are not allowed to use it."Today, I want to extend Enns and Noll and assert that the evangelical mind, such that it is, is double minded.First, let me say that Enns makes an observation … [Read more...]

A New Chick-Fil-A?

Maybe the chain will now use this sign for their ads. I'll bet there are lots of people unhappy about this, but looks like some bridgebuilding been going on...The story is getting a little play with an analysis of CFA's tax returns showing donations moving away from culture war groups. … [Read more...]

Who Are the Paleo Evangelicals?

Last week, historian Thomas Kidd described a subset of evangelicals who are reluctant Republicans. Inspired by the term paleoconservative, he calls them paleo evangelicals. These evangelicals, according to Kidd, are suspicious of American civil religion, and skeptical that much good comes from allegiance to any political party. Although conservative, paleos do not agree with the modern GOP on all issues. On balance, the GOP may be the party that gets their votes, but they are not enthusiastic … [Read more...]

Barton, Birther featured in Kirk Cameron’s new Monumental movie

Kirk Cameron has a new movie coming out called Monumental. It claims to search American history to find our natural treasure. Cameron interviews a variety of people, most of whom appear on the Christian nation wing of the church, to make his points. As RWW pointed out Friday, Cameron interviews David Barton about the Aitken Bible. Barton, as is typical, takes an interesting story and misleads his audience. You can read Chris Rodda's more accurate rendering of the situation here. I … [Read more...]

Oversight Hearings on DHHS Contraception Rule Broadcast Now (VIDEO)

Interested in the DHHS controversy over contraception?Currently, hearings are being held with representatives of the Catholic church, and the Southern Baptists. A Jewish Rabbi is also testifying. From the website:Chairman Issa Hearing Preview StatementAmericans of all faiths have a right to practice their religion free from the fear of persecution or harassment from their government. Our nation's founders believed this and enshrined religious freedom into the First Amendment to the … [Read more...]

Anoka-Hennepin School District Ends Silence Policy Toward Sexual Orientation

UPDATE - 2/14/12: The school board placed this information on their website about the change (scroll down to see the approved policy):The Anoka-Hennepin School District has a new policy designed to promote a respectful learning environment in which teachers facilitate student discussions of contentious topics in a balanced and impartial manner that encourages development of critical thinking and decision-making skills."I believe this policy is the best thing for Anoka-Hennepin and for all … [Read more...]

Al Mohler says evangelicals have not told the truth about homosexuality; AFA's Bryan Fischer proves the point

Al Mohler, the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, told the Christian Science Monitor in March that Baptists have lied about homosexuality and practiced a "form of homophobia."Responding to questions about the CSM article, Mohler affirmed his belief that same-sex sexual behavior is sin, but then told the Associated Baptist Press:“But we as evangelicals have a very sad history in dealing with this issue,” he continued. “We have told not the truth, but we have told about h … [Read more...]