Secular party set to win Tunisia elections

Son of Tony Campolo comes out as agnostic, hired as humanist chaplain at California university

Christian freedoms are ‘under attack’ – Bishop Nazir-Ali

Religious Liberty Versus Secular Tyranny

    Ray Nothstine at Acton Institute: James Madison called religious freedom the “lustre of our country” and a guaranteed right elevated above political authority. But in today’s America, some leaders, including President Obama, are trying to redefine the inherent meaning of religious freedom by renaming it “freedom of worship.” This revision implies that you are free to believe and practice what you want as long as it is confined inside the walls of physical houses of worship – a hollow promise compared to the robust guarantee offered by the First Amendment.


  • Posted: 12/18/2013
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.acton.org

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Girl Guide Group Faces Expulsion After Refusing To Drop God From Promise

UK: Secularists want Christian coronation oath scrapped

Secularists: Dump Church from Remembrance Day

Scotland: New push to force sex ed on Christian schools

Schlafly: War on Religious Freedom

NI: Churches urge Guides to scrap ‘hurtful’ godless pledge

Brazil’s police take Bible classes to reduce stress

British Judge Traces Change In Role of Religion In Family Courts

Where is public prayer allowed? | Aiken Standard

Disestablishing Our Secular Schools | Charles Glenn at First Things

Bishop warns Britain in danger of becoming “anti-Christian”

Atheism And Creationism Course Content Sparks Holy War At Public University

French Muslim leaders pan ‘secularism charter’, warn of ‘stigma’ boost

French Schools Will Post New Secularism Charter

Bishop backs rebellion over Guides godless oath

UK: Christian Girl Guide leaders risk explusion for refusing to drop God from promise

Silencing a secularist in Turkey

Our ‘Godless Constitution’: The Complicated Truth | Eric Metaxas at Christian Post

Air Force Says Painting that References Bible Verse Violates Rules

Christian registrar denied European Court appeal

Bridging The Secular Divide – Watch Online Today | Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Why Secular-Purpose Limits Should Be Narrow, and “Why Religion Is Special (Enough)”

Ariz. lawmaker comes out as atheist during meeting | USA Today

Why Is There a Campus Hookup Culture? Feminism, careerism, and secularism are to blame. | Dennis Prager at NRO

    Dennis Prager at NRO: In our dialogue, we agreed that her book’s subtitle was accurate, but we disagreed as to the cause. Freitas, who holds a Ph.D. in religious studies, blamed it on peer pressure, the sex-drenched social media of young people, and the ubiquity of pornography. I blamed three other culprits: feminism, careerism, and secularism.


  • Posted: 05/01/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Pro-Life Without God

Religion and Public Life in America | R.R. Reno at Hillsdale College Imprimis

Vatican Official: Sinister international cadre behind worldwide push to redefine marriage and Western civilization

Scholars seek to reclaim a dirty word: secularism | Washington Post

UK: Free school applicants’ religious affiliation revealed

Is Religion Outdated in the Twenty-First Century? | William Carroll at Public Discourse

Religion As An Activity Engaged In By Consenting Adults In Private | Peter Berger at the American Interest

    Peter Berger at the American Interest: But I do want to make a general observation: In all these cases the authorities accused of violating the plaintiffs’ rights operate with a definition of religion as a private matter to be kept out of public space. There is here a general issue of government overreach, as clearly illustrated by the (still unresolved) attempt by the Obama administration to force Catholic institutions to provide contraception coverage in their employees’ health plans. Beyond that, though, there is a very ideological view of the place of religion in society. In other words, religion is to be an activity engaged in by consenting adults in private. The attorney for the Judeo-Christian side in the aforementioned American case had it quite right when he compared the treatment of his client’s religion with measures of disease control. This is not an attitude one would expect to find in a Western democracy. It is curiously reminiscent of policies toward religion in Communist countries and toward non-Muslims under Islamic rule.


  • Posted: 01/29/2013
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  • Category: Religious Liberty

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What Americans should learn from religious liberty threat in Britain | Kathryn Jean Lopez

Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West

    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is William Kilpatrick, the author of several books, including Psychological Seduction and Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right from Wrong. His articles about Islam have appeared in FrontPage Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, Catholic World Report, and other publications. His most recent book, Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West explores the threat that Islam poses to Christianity and Western civilization. The book also examines the role played by militant secularists in facilitating the expansion of Islam.


  • Posted: 01/21/2013
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: frontpagemag.com

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Vatican official fears ‘moral relativism’ becoming European legal norm

Destructive secular intolerance | Ed Stetzer at Baptist Press

The Puzzle of Religious Liberty

Liberty or Equality: The Modern Imprint of an Ancient Rivalry | Rory Gray at Speak Up Movement

Canada: Forcing Catholic school to teach “secular” religion course is ‘totalitarian,’ critics say

The Santa Monica Nativity Scene Case: Why We Lost | William Becker, Jr. at American Thinker

Montana strips benefits from disabled preschooler | Alliance Defending Freedom

Aggressive Secularism at the Heart of the EU | Paul Coleman at the Bell Towers

Scots Council removes prayer from agenda after legal threats

Speaker: Supreme Court decisions push U.S. toward secularism | TribLive

The ‘triple jeopardy’ facing Britain

Winnipeg: Police chief stunned by prayer comment reaction

UK: Christians ‘frightened to speak about faith’ | BBC

Religious freedom: How Catholic faith is represented through acts of charity

    Anthony Bosnick at the Washington Post: In his pastoral letter, “Disciples of the Lord: Sharing the Vision,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington writes, “While it is true that this country is marked by a genuinely religious spirit, the subtle influence of secularism can nevertheless color the way people allow their faith to influence their behavior…Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted. Only when their faith permeates every aspect of their lives do Christians become truly open to the transforming power of the Gospel.”


  • Posted: 10/17/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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No religion — and not a lot of sense | Naomi Schafer Riley at NY Post

Is British monarch ‘Defender of the Faith’ or ‘Faiths’?

The emerging social, political force: ‘Nones,’ those who claim no religion

Study: One-Third Of Adults Under 30 Have No Religious Affiliation

Has Christianity Become Intolerable? | Ben Bull at Townhall

Democrats Drop ‘God’ From Party Platform

National Atheist Party Cancels Convention Due To Lack Of Funding

Secular charter would be shredded by court, lawyer says

Crucifix stays but hijabs go under PQ government, Marois says

Humanist weddings now outnumber Catholic weddings in Scotland

Secularists fail to end free parking for churchgoers

A win for ‘secularists’ in Libya? It’s not what you think.

David Cameron: I will change the law to allow crosses at work

Scottish Catholic Bishop: “At the Door of the Temple: Religious Freedom and the New Orthodoxy”

    Philip Tartaglia at Public Discourse: One prominent response came from the Equality and Human Rights Commission Chief, Trevor Phillips, who said that religious beliefs end “at the door of the temple.” This was a far cry from the Prime Minister’s praise of the positive and essential role of Christianity in public life. But how can Christianity have a positive role in public life, one wonders, if it begins and ends at the door of the temple? And if religious freedom is limited to the interior of the temple, how different will Britain be from places like Saudi Arabia where there is freedom of worship behind closed doors? . . . So the view expressed by Trevor Phillips that religious faith should not be allowed to enter the public square raises huge questions about the nature of the state. Phillips appears to endorse the notion of a state that fills all civic space and reaches out to control other institutions present within the state. It is a notion of the state with a rather limited understanding of subsidiarity. It is Big Government at its worst. It appears to have no respect for institutions, such as the family and the Church, which pre-exist the state, which straddle the private-public domain, and which have their own internal constitution. This is a state moving toward a kind of soft totalitarianism.


  • Posted: 06/27/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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George Weigel: Handwriting on the Wall

    George Weigel at EPPC: In both its hard and soft forms, the secular project was wrong. Above all, it ignored the deep truth that it takes a certain kind of people, living certain virtues, to make democracy and the free economy work properly. People of that kind do not just happen. They must be formed in the habits of heart and mind, the virtues that enable them to guide the machinery of free politics and free economics so that the net outcome is human flourishing and the promotion of the common good. There is no such formation in the virtues of freedom available at the empty shrine.


  • Posted: 06/21/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.eppc.org

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UK: Christian GP found guilty of malpractice for sharing his faith