Archive for: November, 2013

OPINION – Mandate Debate: Why I Cannot Support Hobby Lobby's "Religious Freedom" Claim

OPINION – Mandate Debate: Why I Cannot Support Hobby Lobby's "Religious Freedom" Claim

By Jason Hines – Hobby Lobby is attempting to argue that they will deduct the cost of birth control from their employees' salary so that employees can't buy birth control with the salary they are given. The health insurance does not belong to Hobby Lobby, it belongs to the employees.

 
 

Fewer children aborted, more children in need: how pro-lifers should respond

Fewer children aborted, more children in need: how pro-lifers should respond

By Sarah Terzo – This is where Texas pro-lifers need to step up to the plate. There are women who will be having their babies who are no longer able to abort. This is a good thing. But we as pro-lifers need to be there for these women and children.

 
 

The New Benjamin Still Trusts in God

The New Benjamin Still Trusts in God

By Loren Seibold – erhaps you've seen reports of the new United States $100 bill, with new and improved anti-counterfeiting features. I like it. I've been surprised at the number of people who've objected to it's colorfulness. "It looks too much like the Euro" many comment. Anything having to do with US currency brings out our paranoia, and the theory […]

 
 

Why The Supreme Court Ruling On Legislative Prayer Won't Affect All Christians

Why The Supreme Court Ruling On Legislative Prayer Won't Affect All Christians

By James Coffin – Whatever the justices decide concerning legislative prayer, their decision will have little impact on what I'll do when, as a member of the Christian clergy, I'm asked to pray at such gatherings. I don't wear one of those WWJD? wristbands. But I regularly ask the what-would-Jesus-do question. And I'm convinced about what he'd do regarding legislative prayer.

 
 

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God – What the Anthem of the Reformation Means to Me

A Mighty Fortress - With Luther's Signature. Wikimedia Commons.

By Bill Cork – I have a long history with "A Mighty Fortress." I fell in love with it as a teenager, when I was first learning about the history of the Protestant Reformation. Like any teenager, I had my doubts, and fears. And this hymn spoke to me of confidence and trust in God–it not only spoke of confidence, it seemed to fill me with confidence as I sang its lyrics.

 
 

Marriage Proceedings: Making Sense of the Same-Sex Marriage Cases (Liberty Magazine)

Marriage Proceedings: Making Sense of the Same-Sex Marriage Cases (Liberty Magazine)

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two highly anticipated rulings in same-sex marriage cases. First, the Court ruled that the federal government has to legally recognize the marriages of same-sex couples in those states that have legalized them. In a second decision, the Court declined to hear an appeal in defense of a California ballot initiative that had banned same-sex marriage on grounds that the nongovernmental party bringing the appeal lacked standing. For reasons discussed below, both decisions represent incremental steps that will ultimately lead the Court to consider whether same-sex marriage should be a right nationwide.

 
 

Aftershock: The Historical and Religious Legacy of the Salem Witch Trials (Liberty Magazine)

Aftershock: The Historical and Religious Legacy of the Salem Witch Trials (Liberty Magazine)

The similarity between the persecutions of Muslims in 2013, alleged Communists in 1950, and those believed to be witches in 1692 is a perceived threat to the traditional conservative Christian culture of the American people.