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An America Without Churches

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As the Supreme Court prepares to announce its decision on same-sex marriage, religious people are wondering: will we lose our tax-exempt status for our religious institutions? Justice Samuel Alito raised this question during the oral arguments, citing the 1983 Supreme Court case that ruled Bob Jones . . . . Continue Reading »

Say Not, “Modern Art is Bad”

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This week in New York, the “One Faith: East and West” art exhibition is at the Catholic Center of NYU, after stops in Beijing and Moscow. The exhibition is a concrete expression of Christian unity, and the artists are from several different countries and confessions: Roman and Byzantine . . . . Continue Reading »

“I Forgive You”

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Already a victim of someone else’s hate, forgiveness frees you from being a victim of your own hate. This allows the victims to pursue justice with a clear conscience.

Susan B. Anthony for the New $10 Bill

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The Federal Reserve recently announced that the $10 dollar bill is getting a redesign: the founder of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, is going to be replaced by a woman.The lucky (though deceased) lady has not yet been determined, and the Treasury is asking the public for input. Therefore I would . . . . Continue Reading »

The Double-Edged Sword of Sentimentalism

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At the March for Life this past January, I saw a teenage girl holding a sign that read, “She could be the next Beyoncé!” the “she” referring, of course, to the baby inside the womb. Her sign reminded me of the quirky movie, Juno, in which the protagonist, a young teenager, decides not to . . . . Continue Reading »

The Political Christian

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The “Pastor Protection” bill just breezed through the Texas House and Senate with strong bipartisan support, and should soon be signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. The purpose of the bill is to enshrine in law the ability of pastors to marry those couples whom their faith allows to be married, . . . . Continue Reading »

When Discrimination Means Death

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The social media world has been aflutter over the possibility that a flight attendant discriminated against a Muslim woman by denying her an unopened can of soda.But a story about the plight of Christians in India hasn’t caused a firestorm in the media. It is fascinating that a racial . . . . Continue Reading »