by Simon Smart
A sociologist argues in a new book that religion benefits the US by $2.67 trillion every year — a figure that cannot be ignored.
An unforgettable scene in the kids movie Madagascar 2 has King Julian, “Lord of the Lemurs,” reclining with his friends at the luxury end of a rickety old plane watching newsreels of aircraft crashes while the penguins dubiously take the controls. Read more…
from Kristina Arriaga of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
If you are a New Yorker, you will be happy to know that your tax dollars are hard at work persecuting seven small, family-owned shops in Brooklyn.
Because they posted this at their stores:
No low-cut necklines.
Thank you. Read more…
DOJ apparently nervous to continue argument that Bible publisher isn’t religious enough for religious exemption.
Attorney sound bite: Matt Bowman
— At the government’s own request, a federal appellate court Friday dismissed the Obama administration’s appeal
of an order that stopped the president from enforcing his abortion pill mandate against a Bible publisher. The administration’s retreat marks the first total appellate victory on a preliminary injunction in any abortion pill mandate case. Read more…
from Helen Alvare
First, thank you for continuing to “keep me in the loop” regarding developments concerning religious freedom, abortion and contraception within your various states and expertises. I get a few emails a week containing articles you’ve drafted or news or technical information; these gets invested right back into the work of WSFT. So THANKS!
Second, I just returned from a bunch of talks on women’s freedom and religious freedom in Central and Western Europe. I told bishops’ conferences, academic audiences and members of the European Parliament about our work together! I came away with two impressions. Read more…
This shows why Ruth Institute’s work is so important, and our mission is so needed! We give students the intellectual tools they need, so we are dealing with reasons 8, 7 and 6, quite directly. And we are also dealing with 2 and 3 b/c we get beyond the “rules” and give the reasons. We also focus on what we are positively for, instead of what we are against. -JRM
by Jim Daly
Of all the hats I wear in life, the one I enjoy most may be that of “dad.”
As much fun as Trent, Troy, and I have together, whether it’s camping or just throwing the ball around, not a day goes by that I don’t give serious thought to how my wife, Jean, and I are leading them spiritually. In the grand scheme of things, we only a have a short window to help them build a solid biblical foundation before they launch out on their own.
If you’re a parent, I’m guessing you’re well aware of how challenging that can be. Even the statistics bear out the struggle we face. The exact percentages are up for debate, but we know that a significant number of kids walk out the church doors after high school graduation and never return.
Why? Read more…
By Jennifer Thieme
This article was first published at clashdaily.com on February 7, 2013.
Christian ignorance on the gay marriage issue frustrates me, a lot. Here’s why.
So many times on comment threads or blogs relating to the gay marriage issue, I see Christians saying things like this:
– God hates gays and that’s why gay marriage is wrong.
– God is against homosexuality and that’s why gay marriage is wrong.
– Marriage was defined by God in the Bible and that’s all I need to know.
… and the like. These kinds of comments frustrate me to no end! Read more…
Full video from last week’s CPAC event as the two discuss the HHS mandate and marriage policy and implications for our first freedom.
by Helen Alvaré
The latest proposed amendment to the HHS mandate still draws on empirically unsound data and violates religious freedom.
The controversy over the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate is bound to increase, thanks to its latest proposed fix announced last Friday. The rules proposed to be amended are those issued by HHS last year, requiring employers—including religious institutions and individuals and corporations that embrace religious principles—to provide, without co-pay, contraceptives, sterilization, and emergency contraceptives that can destroy a human embryo. Read more…
by Carolyn Moynihan
The religious lives of young people are being damaged by family breakdown, a new report shows. How will churches respond?
Christians throughout the West are dismayed at plummeting church attendance figures. They blame video games, or left-wing teachers, or Richard Dawkins. But perhaps the real answer is closer to home — their own families. Read more…
by Patrick Fagan
February 6th, 2013 http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/02/7821/
Family, church, and school are the three basic people-forming institutions, and it is no wonder that they produce the best results–including economic and political ones–when they cooperate.
Even if all the market reforms of the Washington think tanks, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes Magazine were enacted, we’d still need to kiss the Great American Economy goodbye. Below the level of economic policy lies a society that is producing fewer people capable of hard work, especially married men with children. As the retreat from marriage continues apace, there are fewer and fewer of these men, resulting in a slowly, permanently decelerating economy. Read more…
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