Faith

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    Biblical illiteracy and the declining humanities

    Luther Ray Abel writes for National Review Online about a problem plaguing a pillar of higher education. I attend a well-to-do liberal-arts school in the Midwest. The professors are wonderful and the classmates impressive. However, I find myself consistently pained by one thing: Many have little to no…
    Mitch Kokai, September 18, 2020
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    The rise of dangerous secular cults

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist documents one disturbing result of America’s drift away from religion. For years now, pollsters and demographers have been chronicling the decline of religion in America. And it’s not just religious affiliation that’s declining. Along with lower rates of church attendance, religious weddings…
    Mitch Kokai, August 4, 2020
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    Supreme Court faces another appeal from church facing COVID-19 restrictions

    Nicholas Rowan of the Washington Examiner highlights a First Amendment appeal to the nation’s highest court. A Chicago church on Tuesday announced its intentions to appeal to the Supreme Court, following an unfavorable ruling from an Illinois federal appeals court upholding Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s worship ban. The church,…
    Mitch Kokai, July 30, 2020
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    Rioters are likely to turn on Christianity

    Nathan Stone writes for the Federalist about a likely turn in the disturbing nationwide campaign to topple monuments and statues. The idea that Christianity is or has been infected with white supremacy is not new. Susan Abrahams, the dean of faculty at Pacific School of Religion, blamed “White…
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2020
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    Christians and Black Lives Matter

    Joshua Lawson of the Federalist ponders churches’ responses to recent protests that have sparked riots and looting across the country. As churches across America restart in-person services, Christians and their pastors are feeling the heat. The “heat,” however, is not from the lack of air conditioning in the…
    Mitch Kokai, June 25, 2020
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    Josh Hawley requests investigation of religious liberty violations by state officials

    In a letter delivered to Attorney General William Barr this morning, Sen. Hawley claims: In the past few weeks, state officials across the country have blatantly violated the free exercise and free speech rights of religious Americans. Under the First Amendment, state officials must not treat religious persons…
    Jon Guze, June 9, 2020
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    Attorney general boosts Trump on religious liberty

    Nicholas Rowan of the Washington Examiner highlights U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr’s role in protecting religious liberty. Over Memorial Day weekend, California, Minnesota, and Vermont, three of the five states still upholding complete bans on church services, relaxed their restrictions. These results were a needed win for Trump,…
    Mitch Kokai, May 29, 2020
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    Adding religious services to the nation’s political divide

    Andrew Malcolm writes for McClatchy about increasing divisions among Americans over religious services. In the interest of fighting over just about any conceivable thing, even during a national pandemic, Americans are now arguing about the right to assemble together for religious services. You need not be a religious…
    Mitch Kokai, May 28, 2020