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Weaponized Intercession: The Dangers of Using Prayer to Win at Politics

Weaponized Intercession: The Dangers of Using Prayer to Win at Politics

All this fight over prayer should give Christians pause for thought. Have we misused prayer in our zeal to bring America back to God? Whether intended or not, many have viewed the forceful efforts of Christians to preserve public prayer as motivated by the desire to exploit it for purposes of proselytizing, promoting Christianity, or disparaging other religions.

 
 

The real definition of religious liberty

The real definition of religious liberty

In the book, 1984, George Orwell paints a bleak portrait of a future where Big Brother is watching everything you do, and the thought police can practically read your mind. In order to gain the support of the population, an ironically named Ministry of Truth twists the meaning of words to make terrible concepts seem acceptable with slogans such as War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; and Ignorance is Strength.

 
 

States Rights, Slavery, the 14th Amendment and Religious Liberty

Midred Jeter and Richard Loving in 1967. The couple was jailed for a year for violating Virginia's statute against interracial marriage.

Have you ever wondered what legal mechanism existed that permitted the legalization of slavery in the United States after the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791? How it was that men, women, and children were held in bondage after Francis Scott Key wrote the famous words, "land of the free, and the home of the brave" in 1812? How segregation persisted in law until the late 1960s?

 
 

Evangelicals' witness suffers due to political maneuvering

Evangelicals' witness suffers due to political maneuvering

For almost 40 years Evangelical Christians, under the guise of the Religious Right, courted political power specifically through the Republican Party. As a political group, they have accomplished little of what they desired.

 
 

"I'm on your side," Trump tells fawning evangelicals

"I'm on your side," Trump tells fawning evangelicals

Yesterday, in a typical, stream-of-consciousness, rant about his self-perceived greatness, Donald Trump told an assembly of over 900 evangelical leaders in New York that he supports them.

 
 

Rwandan pastor models extreme forgiveness by serving those who killed his family

Rwandan pastor models extreme forgiveness by serving those who killed his family

Perhaps the strongest story of the power of forgiveness is found in the story, reported today by the Adventist Review, of Isaac Ndwaniye, the President of the East Central Rwandan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists who lost his entire family to mass genocide that was perpetrated by some of the people he has been called back to serve. If anybody ever had an excuse to abandon his calling, it is Pastor Ndwaniye.

 
 

Yom Kippur, the Scapegoat Ritual, and the Politics of Blame

Yom Kippur, the Scapegoat Ritual, and the Politics of Blame

Political careers are made by identifying, or in some cases creating, amorphous bogeymen who have nothing in mind but the destruction of "The Constitution" and the "American way of life." The call to get rid of the bogeyman and "all will be well" is a pernicious promise.

 
 

Pope Francis Calls for Common Good in Speech to Congress – Full Text

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"In this land, the various religious denominations have greatly contributed to building and strengthening society. It is important that today, as in the past, the voice of faith continue to be heard, for it is a voice of fraternity and love, which tries to bring out the best in each person and in each society. Such cooperation is a powerful resource in the battle to eliminate new global forms of slavery, born of grave injustices which can be overcome only through new policies and new forms of social consensus."

 
 

Why the 14th Amendment and Federal Courts are Essential to Protecting Religious Liberty

Midred Jeter and Richard Loving in 1967. The couple was jailed for a year for violating Virginia's statute against interracial marriage.

Have you ever wondered what legal mechanism existed that permitted the legalization of slavery in the United States after the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791? How it was that men, women, and children were held in bondage after Francis Scott Key wrote the famous words, "land of the free, and the home of the brave" in 1812? How segregation persisted in law until the late 1960s?

 
 

California Court Rules For-Profit Christian School May Require Teachers' Faith Statements

California Court Rules For-Profit Christian School May Require Teachers' Faith Statements

In March 2015 a Ventura County Superior Court judge upheld the right of a for-profit Christian preschool to compel teachers to make a statement of faith and to obtain a statement by a pastor regarding how frequently they attend church, comment on their faith, and to endorse them as employees a Christian preschool.