Christians in Nepal Welcome Vote for Secular Government; Religious Right in U.S. Still Want Christian Nation

Read this report regarding the recent vote in Nepal to make the nation neutral on religion. Hindu nationalists in Nepal took the streets after their constituent assembly rejected a proposal to make Nepal a Hindu nation.Then read this press release on Nepal's vote by the group who represents Gospel for Asia. While I have written many things about GFA (and have much more to write), on this matter, I agree with Yohannan. The vote is a win for religious pluralism.Gospel for Asia Founder Dr. … [Read more...]

Kim Davis Controversy: KY County Clerks Association Doesn’t Have a Position on Marriage Licenses Without a Clerk’s Name

Kim Davis is back to work today and media, protesters and a lesbian couple have been there too.According to the AP, a deputy clerk, Brian Mason has assumed duties of handing out the marriage licenses. A lesbian couple did pick one up this morning with the phrase "pursuant to federal court order" in the place where the clerk's name should be. Davis and her attorneys aren't sure they are valid.I contacted the Kentucky County Clerks Association last week to learn the organization's position … [Read more...]

Office Depot Reverses Course and Apologizes for Denying Order for Anti-Abortion Prayer

The CEO of Office Depot has apologized to a woman who was denied service at the store to print an anti-abortion prayer. Now the CEO says he will print it if she wants to return.Maria Goldstein asked a Chicago area Office Depot to make 500 copies of an anti-abortion flier. The store refused citing what they claimed was language of persecution of pro-choice people. The company originally defended the action but after the news hit the Drudge Report, Office Depot's CEO got involved and … [Read more...]

Pastor of Willow Creek PCA Kevin Labby Apologizes and Clarifies Matters in the Case of Tullian Tchividjian

UPDATE: Tchividjian advises on how to recover from failure.Kevin Labby told me today that they are "working within our Presbyterian system to satisfactorily address the issues associated with Tullian’s [Tchividjian] entrance into the Willow Creek Church family."To that end, Labby posted an apology and clarification on the Willow Creek blog today.Greetings Brothers and Sisters in the Lord – First, I want to apologize for creating confusion regarding the nature of Tullian Tchi … [Read more...]

David Barton’s New Project: What is Keep the Promise Super PAC?

Bloomberg broke the story today that David Barton has been appointed to lead the umbrella Super PAC Keep the Promise. The PAC supports Ted Cruz but is structured in a curious manner. There are actually several PACs which supported Cruz, four of which named Keep the Promise. It is not completely clear to me that Barton will lead all of them.In any event, what is known about the KtP family of Super PACs?Ballotpedia appears to be a good source of information about them. Some highlights of … [Read more...]

Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz Fuss Over Kim Davis

According to the Texas Tribune, Ted Cruz showed up at the Kim Davis Freedom Rally and was shown the door by Mike Huckabee's handlers. According to Patrick Svitek with the Tribune: In the footage, Cruz exits the Carter County Detention Center, where Davis was being held, and heads toward the microphones where Huckabee was later broadcast alongside the clerk. However, Cruz quickly runs into a Huckabee staffer who points him in another direction, setting off a roughly 15-second back-and-forth … [Read more...]

John Adams on American Exceptionalism

In my opinion, whenever David Barton tells his audiences to read the founders writings, he takes a large risk that someone in the audience will actually do it. What such curious readers find is a hodgepodge of political theories with much disagreement on matters of substance. One will also find much that contradicts Barton's tendentious claims. For instance, last week Barton said the founders all agreed that God's law was higher than man's law. Our second president John Adams is worth reading on … [Read more...]

Kim Davis to Be Released from Prison with Order Not to Interfere with Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

KY Marriage Lic

According to CNN, Rowan County (KY) clerk has been released from prison with instruction from Judge David Bunning not interfere with deputies issuing same-sex marriage licenses.The compromise appears to involve not requiring Davis' to put her name on the license. Given the form of a KY marriage license, this should be possible. Note in the license below that the clerk's name is typed in. According to the CNN report (and Mat Staver on Wallbuilders Live earlier today), Davis … [Read more...]