Church and State

Opinion: Don't Use Religious Liberty to Discriminate

By James Coffin – In the United States, individuals and groups have a long history of discrimination against fellow humans.

But over many decades, legislators and judges have curtailed our freedom to negatively impact others' lives based on our own prejudices. Such government actions have been a great blessing to the targets of discrimination.

Although anti-discrimination laws limit our freedom to say by our actions that we view certain categories of our fellow humans as inferior, unworthy or evil, they also help ensure justice for all.

 
 

Pope Invited to Address Congress by Boehner and Pelosi

Pope Invited to Address Congress by Boehner and Pelosi

In a rare showing of bipartisanship, U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner and his predecessor, Nancy Pelosi, both Catholics, have both issued invitations for Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress.

 
 

Reflections on Teaching as a Christian in Public School

Reflections on Teaching as a Christian in Public School

By Martin Surridge – When I accepted a position as a ninth and tenth-grade English teacher a little ways north of Seattle, the principal of my new public high school asked me quite good-naturedly, “Now, you won't have a problem coming from Christian school, teaching in the public system?” I explained to her that of course I would be very respectful and professional and that I anticipated no problems, which has been true.

 
 

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.

 
 

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.

 
 

Ultimate Values: A Method for Resolving Cases that Force a Choice between Discrimination and Religious Liberty

Ultimate Values: A Method for Resolving Cases that Force a Choice between Discrimination and Religious Liberty

By David Hamstra – It is tempting to resolve the question in favor of one or the other depending on what our moral intuitions tell us about the way the world should be, but to do so, as I will argue later, is to impose upon the weak the vision of morality held by the powerful, putting our society on a trajectory towards totalitarianism. Instead, I want to propose an principled way to approach these cases that will hopefully allow those on either side to find common ground.

 
 

Into the Minefield: US Supreme Court to Consider Legislative Prayer in October

Into the Minefield: US Supreme Court to Consider Legislative Prayer in October

This October the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case that could change the way that prayers are conducted in legislative proceedings. The Court will determine whether city council rules, which do not openly discriminate against non-Christians or permit prayer to be used to promote a particular religion, are unconstitutional when most of the people offering the prayers are Christians.

 
 

A Call for Peace in the Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage

Calls for protecting “religious liberty” have expanded beyond school prayer and religious monuments on government property to become a rallying call for the Christian right in America following the U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage, the Obamacare contraception mandate, reports of anti-Christian activity in the military, and anti-discrimination ordinances protecting the LGBT community. This is in response to what […]

 
 

The Firebrand: The Dangers of Speaking Truth to Power (Liberty Magazine)

The Firebrand: The Dangers of Speaking Truth to Power (Liberty Magazine)

The story of Savonarola is not a lesson in the necessity of violence for a successful revolution, but rather a lesson in the dangerous consequences of speaking truth to power.