Politics

Guest Opinion: Endless exemptions for faith? Hobby Lobby case not a simple one

Guest Opinion: Endless exemptions for faith? Hobby Lobby case not a simple one

By Robert J. Ray – Realistically, can a government allow every employer to customize the rules without descending into administrative chaos? Justice Antonin Scalia argued in Oregon v. Smith that one's religious beliefs don't negate the need to comply with valid laws.
On the other hand, freedom of religion is a crucial principle that must be defended. But how far?

 
 

The Christian's Involvement in Human Governments and the Politics of War

The Christian's Involvement in Human Governments and the Politics of War

By Kevin Straub – Christianity, if it looks to Christ as its norm, will have nothing to do with the affairs of national/international politics and the wielding of the sword. It will not be involved in any of the processes involved in the adjustments of the balances of earthly powers. This is not our work. However, it has come to be standard thinking in Christianity that it is a part of our work. The discussions of whether to enter into a war or to stay out of that war is not merely academic in today's Christianity; it is deemed the Christian's duty to engage in a politicized Christianity. Today's Christianity, since the time of Constantine, is not concerned solely with the gospel work, remaining an outside observer of the machinations of worldly powers, but as subscribers to the notion of “the just war,” is necessarily fundamentally involved in the geopolitical movements and the questions of taking nation(s) into war or not.

 
 

How Would An Attack on Syria Affect the Religious Liberty of the Syrian People?

How Would An Attack on Syria Affect the Religious Liberty of the Syrian People?

By Michael Peabody – Despite serious public opposition to involvement in another quagmire in the Middle East, chances are the United States will soon be involved in the two-year-old civil war in Syria. While there are many questions regarding how this will help or hinder national foreign policy aims, few have considered how a shift in power could affect the religious freedom of the people of Syria.

 
 

UPDATED: Drawing a Line Against Infanticide: Why the Trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell Matters

UPDATED: Drawing a Line Against Infanticide: Why the Trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell Matters

Since abortion is so politically charged, professed people of faith sometimes think the "safest" course is to ignore the issue altogether. But the reality is, regardless of whether you believe the life of an unborn child should be protected, the Gosnell trial still matters because it involves children who were killed after they were born.

 
 

Love Your Enemies – Except Those Slimy Politicians?

Love Your Enemies – Except Those Slimy Politicians?

By Stephen N. Allred – As I mingle with Christians these days I'm hearing a lot of hateful speech toward those on the “other side.” Angry, demeaning and sometimes untrue words are spoken, yet all is considered acceptable since it's ostensibly done for the cause of righteousness.

 
 

Opinion: Social Justice – Popular Piety or Modern Mania?

Opinion: Social Justice – Popular Piety or Modern Mania?

By Gerry Wagoner – In spite of the efforts of social justice proponents to explain away its historical relationship to totalitarianism, we cannot escape the fact that authoritarian brutality is the not-merely-possible-but-inevitable outworking of the nature of "social justice" itself.

 
 

Preferential Treatment, Persecution, or Loss of Privilege?

Preferential Treatment, Persecution, or Loss of Privilege?

Some people believe that their religion obligates them to not only control themselves, but to control others as well. I believe that it is possible to make religious freedom as expansive as possible, and truly allow people to follow the dictates of their hearts as God (or whatever they believe in) leads them. Not only do I think that this is the solution that works best for our democracy, but I also happen to think that this is the solution that gets us closer to what God wants as well.

 
 

113th Congress Most Religiously Diverse Ever — and Why It Matters (Huffington Post)

113th Congress Most Religiously Diverse Ever — and Why It Matters (Huffington Post)

Dwayne Leslie, Legislative Affairs Director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists shares his perspective on the current U.S. Congress. EXCERPT:  "The more voices, the more diverse points of view heard from, the better the chances we can collectively continue to ensure the ability for all people to follow their conscience. Together we thrive." Read the full article at Huffington […]

 
 

The Results: Voters Decide on Same-Sex Marriage, Marijuana, and Religious Freedom

The Results: Voters Decide on Same-Sex Marriage, Marijuana, and Religious Freedom

On November 6, 2012 voters in many states had the opportunity to make decisions on a number of state laws through ballot measures. Voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington voted in favor of measures that would legalize same-sex marriage. Voters in Minnesota rejected a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and voters in North Carolina voted to define marriage as solely existing between one man and one woman.

 
 

A Dwight Nelson Sermon on Politics: American Confusion

A Dwight Nelson Sermon on Politics: American Confusion from