3 Explanations of Religious Freedom

Religious freedom is a legal right that flows from the moral right to conscience

The legal basis for the right to religious freedom (and the right of conscience) is the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, which states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . .” This clause is extended to state and local states through... Continue Reading

Abortion, Canada, and the Relentless Wave of Authoritarian Secularism

The same secularism that is sweeping the the land of the maple leaf is also at work here in the south

“Trudeau’s comments are sadly not unusual, but are indicative of much western civilization today. He is saying to Canadian Christians, ‘we’ll let you hold your believes in private, and perhaps within the confide of your association, but these views are no longer permitted publicly’.”   I love taking Claude (family greyhound) for an early morning... Continue Reading

Signals Of Change

Protests in Iran have met censorship, but Christian broadcasters use media to spark lasting reformation

“The reach of Christian programming in Iran dwarfs other broadcasts and has taken on added importance after protesters launched widespread demonstrations against the government in late December that plunged the country into political crisis. Voice of America’s Persian service via television and web, for example, reaches about 1 million Iranians daily.”   It’s noon in... Continue Reading

White’s Church [PCA] Ties Raise Questions About His Views On Gay Marriage

Andrew White, the son of former Gov. Mark White, and a member and elder in a PCA church, is running for Texas governor as a democrat candidate.

White, 45, is an elder at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Houston, a conservative congregation that is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In recent days, he has taken heat from other Democrats for being personally against abortion, though he has said he recognizes that abortion remains legal and that he... Continue Reading

Spanking Alarmists Strike Again

A new study warns against physical discipline, but the results are not as simple as reported.

Despite a slight decline in the last 30 years, two-thirds of U.S. parents in 2016 still agreed with the statement, “It is sometimes necessary to discipline a child with a good, hard spanking,” according to the federally funded General Social Study. Spanking is legal in all 50 states. Some states have restrictions on how parents... Continue Reading

The Aziz Ansari Case Exposes the Ugly Truth About Hookup Culture

Over the weekend, something happened that produced an immediate chemical reaction within the #MeToo conversation.

In an article published on the website Babe, a woman called Grace accused actor Aziz Ansari of sexual assault, citing a rushed and uncomfortable sexual encounter that ended with her leaving in disappointment. By all accounts except hers, the story was not one of definitive sexual assault, so many commentators have since defended Ansari saying he is guilty... Continue Reading

Why It’s Hard for Muslims to Convert

Abandoning Islam often means abandoning their family and tradition.

The Islamic worldview is all-encompassing, especially when living in an Islamic culture. Consider a pie cut into eight pieces and imagine that each slice represents part of a person’s life. One slice is their career, another is their family, another is their religion, another is their friends, another is their culture, etc. For many Westerners,... Continue Reading

It’s Official: Trump Turns HHS from Pro-Life Antagonist to Advocate

Department of Health and Human Services reverses Obama-era policies on Planned Parenthood funding.

The department has rescinded an Obama administration memo warning states against blocking Medicaid funding for providers that offered abortion. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now consider that 2016 letter to have overstepped federal regulations; they have restored their position to allow states to regulate their programs within reasonable standards.   The Trump administration continued... Continue Reading

Preparing for Winter

The specific point of conflict is likely to be (once again) Title IX legislation that prohibits sexual discrimination at any institution of higher education receiving federal funding.

Some colleges—for instance, Hillsdale and Grove City—stand apart from federal funding. Such places thus seem relatively safe. But are they? There is another point of vulnerability: the 1983 Supreme Court ruling in Bob Jones University v. United States. This ruling denied tax-exempt status to Bob Jones University because of policies regarding interracial dating that were judged... Continue Reading

Survival By Design

A new study undermines a key tenet of Darwinian evolution.

Fisher incorrectly assumed that new mutations would guarantee unrestricted progress toward ever-greater levels of fitness. But the new study points out that if Fisher were correct, eventually evolution would come to a standstill once natural selection eliminated all harmful mutations. Additionally, Fisher failed to factor in the effects of new harmful mutations. He based his... Continue Reading