For the Sake of James Naismith, David Barton Should Come Clean About His Basketball Claims

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During the NCAA tournament, David Barton's son Tim did a tribute to James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. Watch:The information is largely accurate. Naismith was a ministerial candidate (along with other occupations) who believed he could reach more people via sports than the pulpit. He invented basketball to give young men something to do indoors when the weather was cold outside. It caught on.I couldn't escape the irony that Barton's organization made a link to the NCAA b … [Read more...]

Should Discrimination Ever Be Permitted In the Name of Religious Freedom?

The saga of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act has intensified the conversation about religious reasons for discrimination. Are there ever any defensible religiously based reasons for discriminating against a protected class? One source I consulted on this was the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance on religious discrimination. The following section seems relevant to the matter of competing discrimination claims (religious v. something else):Thus, a religious … [Read more...]

Commentary on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act – Some Good, Some Not so Good

I have been reading a lot about the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts in Indiana and Arkansas. In addition, I have been reading background materials to the bills. The material is inherently interesting and I want to firm up my thinking on the matter.In doing so, I have run across helpful and unhelpful op-eds and commentary. This post annotates some of those sources. I plan to post some additional information and commentary through the week.First, I want to post the articles which appear … [Read more...]

Full Text of Amendment to Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act Being Debated Today

Today, the Indiana Legislature is debating an amendment which would provide significant protections to sexual minorities in Indiana. It would be ironic if the passage of the RFRA led to the achievement of a legislative goal pursued by GLBT activists for a long time.You can click the link to go to the Indiana legislature's website to read the amendment, and it is provided here below. CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT DIGEST FOR ESB 50 Citations Affected: IC 34-13-9.Synopsis: … [Read more...]

ECFA Statement: Faith Christian Church Still Under Investigation

The Washington Post's Susan Svrluga posted a statement from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability about their ongoing examination of Faith Christian Church. ECFA evaluates and accredits ministry organizations, including churches, only with regard to their compliance with our Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship. Occasionally we are presented with complaints or accusations about a member organization and while we do not automatically dismiss such concerns, the scope of our … [Read more...]

Was the Germanwings Flight 9525 Pilot a Muslim Convert?

With very little help from me, one of our fantastic psychology majors at Grove City College, Megan Hurst, here examines how social psychology principles may shed some light on the persistence of rumors that the pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 was a recent Muslim convert.Social Psychology in the News: Was the Germanwings Flight 9525 pilot a Muslim convert?Last week, the world was gripped by the story of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings Flight 9525, who intentionally … [Read more...]

Gateway Church Pastor Robert Morris Claims to Hold a Doctorate of Literature

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Robert Morris has built a megachurch in Southlake Texas which has been rated as the third largest church in America.  Given that significant accomplishment, it seems that self-inflation would be unnecessary. However, in his upcoming book published by the Thomas Nelson imprint of HarperCollins Christian, Morris includes a version of his bio which includes a description of a "doctorate of literature" he claims he holds.  See below from the upcoming book, Truly Free:I wrote the church and T … [Read more...]

Former Aide to Falwell and Colson Nelson Keener: When Kingdoms Collide

Guest post by Nelson Keener.Nelson Keener graduated from Liberty University and served as the late Jerry Falwell's assistant during the seminal days of the Moral Majority and later in a similar capacity with the late Chuck Colson. He resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.When Kingdoms CollideAt Liberty University College Democrats are not recognized as an official university club.Neither are College Republicans.Does this mean the prominent Christian institution, founded by the … [Read more...]


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