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'Duck Dynasty' and the Idolatry of Freedom
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

We are missing something about freedom in the debate over Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson and freedom of speech, especially from a Christian point of view. I know. We’re all a little ...

"Only Fools Rush In ..."
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Elvis impersonators make lousy terrorists. WITH SO MANY of our sacred institutions collapsing f ...

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Prayer at Government Meetings
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether prayers can be offered at government meetings — a practice that’s been common in Congress and throughout the states for more than two centuries. ...

North Carolina Minorities Remain Worried After Religion Bill is Pulled
Originally Posted: 04/09/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

A resolution to allow North Carolina to defy the Constitution and establish a state-sanctioned religion may be dead in the state capitol, but minority faiths say there’s more than enough reason to remain nervo ...

Citizens United, Freedom of Speech, and the Liberation of Listening
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

As Paul Tillich once said, “The first duty of love is to listen," so for us to love our neighbors as Jesus’ proclaimed, perhaps we start not with preaching, but with listening, and thus showing an appreci ...

Punk Protesters Sentenced to Two Years in Russian Jail
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

Rather than standing up in the face of authority as an advocate for the poor and oppressed (arguably one of the principal responsibilities of a church), they have joined in the subjugation of human rights in R ...

Christians Do Not Have Freedom of Speech
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

While I find great joy in the liberty found within the Freedom of Speech, I’ve come to realize that while it’s an American right it’s also much bigger than that … it’s a human right. However, it’s not a Christ ...

NY Judge Orders Twitter to Release Tweets of #OWS Protester
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

A judge in New York has ordered Twitter to release three month's worth of tweets from an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge last year. The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., r ...

Let's Hold Glenn Beck to His Pledge of Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

On his radio show last week, Glenn Beck read a vow of nonviolence, which he said he'd been working on for about a year, and pleaded his followers to take it as well. On his ...

When Winning an Election Undermines Democracy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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Refugees: North Korea's Seeds of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

North Korea is the most isolated and closed-off country in the world. North Korea is the most isolated and closed-off country in the world. Basic freedoms -- such as the freedom o ...

Sarah Palin and the Demise of Public Discourse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I wonder how many doctoral dissertations will be written over the next several years aimed at exploring the cultural phenomenon that is Sarah Palin. I wonder how many doctoral dis ...

Freedom from Fear in the Health-Care Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There comes a moment when we can say a word or speak a concept so often that it loses meaning and simply becomes sound. The concept becomes exhausted, thin, one-dimensional. Ther ...

When Hate Speech Justifies Killing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire those consequences can be. Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire ...