Toward a graciously historic sexual ethic

The dark history of birth control that you haven’t heard

From banned to mandated: A history of contraceptives in the United States

Sexual orientation and gender identity are not like race: Why ENDA is bad policy

A pro-women response to “Contraception Saves Lives”

Virginia eugenics victims compensated for sterilisation

The rich roots and spoiled fruits of liberal toleration

Islamic State: Ancient Nimrud ruins ‘bulldozed’ in Iraq

Rick Warren: “Thank Baptists for religious liberty”

Lincoln’s best speech: A sesquicentennial

Jack Willke, witness for life

    First Things: Washington Hall at the University of Notre Dame was packed to the rafters. In a few minutes a physician and his wife would walk onstage and begin a presentation to hundreds of students and faculty about a new issue on the national scene. The topic was abortion and the year was 1972. The phrase “a storm is coming” has come into frequent use of late. But that was certainly the case more than four decades ago—a storm was indeed coming and few understood just how sweeping it would be.


  • Posted: 02/23/2015
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Abraham Lincoln and same-sex marriage

God, our rights, and the modern liberal mind

Same-sex marriage, racism, and what everyone misses about the inevitability of social change

Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians

Porn goes mainstream

CNN Anchor: ‘Our Rights Do Not Come From God’

Why politics still matter: The temptation to withdraw is ever with us

    Christianity Today: It’s not news that politics can be dreary and dysfunctional. For this reason, as we begin another long season of presidential election politics, many Christians are running for cover, eager to avoid politics as much as possible. The reasons for withdrawal have become predictable. Some suggest politics is too broken, too corrupt, for Christians get involved in without sacrificing faithfulness. Others claim politics is a distraction from more spiritual pursuits. These are both long-held, persistent ideas, each with their own merits, but they are ultimately incomplete.


  • Posted: 02/12/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.christianitytoday.com

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You new around here? Some thoughts on Alabama and same-sex marriage

    Doug Wilson: Look. Racial bigotry is a sin. Sexual perversion is a sin. The fact that the respective players in these two battles were and are Alabama and the Federal Government is completely beside the point. Those who glibly point to that as though it settles everything are like those who think that a son who once participated in an intervention over his mother’s alcoholism has thereby earned the right, twenty years later, to pressure her into committing tax fraud. No, no. Let’s go over this carefully. Drunkenness is a sin. Fraud is a sin. They are both sins. Whoever is championing the sin is the sinner.


  • Posted: 02/10/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: dougwils.com

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Vaccines and abortion? The links are cloudy and complicated

Vaccines and aborted human fetal tissue

    ERLC: The recent debates about whether Christians should vaccinate their children have once again raised questions about the use of vaccines that have been morally tainted by the use of cell cultures derived from aborted fetal tissue in the manufacturing of vaccines. This is such an important issue and we felt it warranted its own article to address some of the questions around the science and morality of the use of fetal tissue in vaccines.


  • Posted: 02/05/2015
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: erlc.com

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Christianity, Islam, and Locke: Unlocking liberty

    The Economist: FOR anyone who believes in freedom of thought, worship and speech, John Locke must rank as a towering genius. In an era when Europe had been torn asunder by warfare between Catholic and Protestant kings, he set out the revolutionary idea that the state should hold back from adjudicating or enforcing religious doctrine. A century later, his ideas had a decisive influence on America’s founding fathers. And to this day, he is provoking some rich intellectual debate, among Muslims as well as Christians.


  • Posted: 02/04/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.economist.com

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Hostility to tradition

Eight hundred years of prayer: Lawyers, faith, and the common good

The magic spell of “Separation of Church and State!”

    The Stream: “Last I heard, we had separation of church and state in this country,” declared a congressman from Colorado during the debate over health care. “I’ve got to say that I think the Catholic bishops and all of the other groups shouldn’t have input.” He was upset that the Catholic bishops had insisted that the health care bill not include abortion.The Church should just shut up. Christians had no right to speak, as Christians, in public affairs.


  • Posted: 01/28/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: stream.org

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Five facts about the March for Life

The future of Catholic schools and the future of America

March for Life 2015: Forty two years after Roe v. Wade, we still march on

A brief political history of religious exemptions

Erring on the side of life

    The Christian Post: The history of human knowledge as it relates to the human body is a fascinating and terrible thing. In every age, the ability for physicians and other medical practitioners to effectively treat wounds or combat disease has been constrained by the technology – or lack thereof – available at the time. In the past, people often died from illnesses or injuries that are quite treatable today. Over the centuries, we’ve come a long way. Our understanding of human physiology and biology has enabled us to improve quality of life and extend life expectancy beyond anything our ancestors could have imagined.


  • Posted: 01/21/2015
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Sex education in America: How yesterday’s extremists shaped today’s sex ed

Five facts about Norma McCorvey of Roe vs. Wade you probably didn’t know

Getting the big thing right: MLK on his day

How Southern Baptists became pro-life

Forty-two years after Roe, we must reaffirm our commitment to protecting human life

Research shows the hands-on dad isn’t a new phenomenon

In celebration of Religious Liberty Day, ‘Je Suis American’

    The Federalist: Over the last week and a half, leaders of nations, dignitaries, Hollywood actors, and flocks of ordinary people posted and tweeted “Je suis Charlie” pins and posters. The “Je Suis Charlie” campaign attracted praise and ire; pundits and writers voiced their opinions in favor and against the slogan and its hashtag version. Fierce arguments broke out over its meaning, use, and potency. But one thing was certain: no American who “suis Charlie” feared arrest or government persecution. Why?


  • Posted: 01/16/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: thefederalist.com

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Pro-lifers plan MLK-style protests to fight for unborn

March on for life

The historical Kevorkian

How many is 57 million?

Women, the pill, and the sexual revolution

If there’s no God, are humans equal? A review of ‘Our Declaration’

Killing has taken its toll: Abortion’s slippery slope has turned into euthanasia

I learned everything I needed to know about marriage from Pride and Prejudice

The night before Christmas when astronauts read from the Bible as they orbited the moon

Religious freedom and American history – a libertarian view

Christmas censorship and the Apollo moon program

What it means to listen: Free speech from the perspective of the Abrahamic religions

The 1950′s, principled pluralism, and the future of America

Why is the abortion rate falling?

Atticus Finch in a skirt

    First Things: Harper Lee, now age eighty-eight and long out of the public eye, is the legendarily mysterious author of the iconic 1961 novel of southern racial injustice, To Kill a Mockingbird. It inspired an equally beloved film with Gregory Peck as heroic small town lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman.


  • Posted: 12/02/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Marriage and the black family

Pastor Johann Christoph Arnold on “God, Sex, and Marriage”

Division and remembrance: Syria past and present

Lowe on American Legal History Since 1998

    Prawfs Blawg: I quite enjoyed Jessica Lowe’s article, Radicalism’s Legacy: American Legal History Since 1998. An economical 12 pages, it surveys developments in American legal history scholarship in the past decade and a half or so, framing it around the continuing influence of Robert Gordon’s famous piece Critical Legal Histories.


  • Posted: 11/18/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: prawfsblawg.blogs.com

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Texas’s latest history textbook tussle

Seven beloved famous people who were wildly pro-eugenics

Should the Supreme Court get involved in church property disputes?

Karen Armstrong’s new rule: Religion isn’t responsible for violence

One trait that set apart the earliest Christians

Antiquities lost, casualties of war: In Syria and Iraq, trying to protect a heritage at risk

The Hyde Amendment at 38

Natural morality, American exceptionalism, and race relations

How the “right to die” came to Europe (part 2)

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: Over the past few decades the Dutch have expanded the scope of protected physician killing to include children. With their parent’s permission, a child between the ages of 12 to 16 years old may request and receive assisted suicide. Initially, minors could obtain an assisted death even if their parents objected, but after domestic and international criticism, the law was changed to require parental consent. Even before the Parliament made it legal to euthanize young children, doctors in the Netherlands took it upon themselves to end the life of infants and others who do not have the free will to agree to end their own lives, but whose existence doctors or parents deemed them “unfit.”


  • Posted: 09/19/2014
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  • Category: Global: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: erlc.com

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How the “right to die” came to Europe (part 1)

#WeAreN: The invisibility of Holy Land Christians

Historic civil rights church to be considered for national recognition

Political sermons in American history

Freedom of religion and freedom of the church

    Library of Law and Liberty: It is widely accepted—in American law, in other countries’ laws, and in human-rights law generally—that “freedom of religion” is fundamental and that it should be protected, respected, and promoted. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, for example, called on all political communities to “promote respect” for the right to religious freedom and to “secure [its] universal and effective recognition and observance.”


  • Posted: 08/07/2014
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.libertylawsite.org

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Democracy and morality: ancient and modern

The Founding Fathers are no longer viewed as great

NRO interviews historian Rodney Stark: God and Man and Moderns

    National Review Online: “The fundamental advantage was belief in the Judeo-Christian God: a conscious, rational being who created a rational universe that runs according to rational principles that can be discovered and comprehended by human beings. From this came two vital features that separated the West from the rest: faith in reason and faith in progress. As a result, Westerners developed science, because they alone believed it to be possible, and for the same reason they devoted immense efforts to progress, because they assumed everything could be improved. In contrast, both China and the Ottoman Empire not only assumed that the present was inferior to the past, but they often actually hindered progress: Both outlawed mechanical clocks.”


  • Posted: 04/17/2014
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Evangelicals opposed abortion much earlier than you think