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60Thank You, Mark Oppenheimerhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/07/thank-you-mark-oppenheimer
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:06:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Walker)Two days after the
New York Times
columnist Mark Oppenheimer
that it is now time to rethink the idea of tax-exempt status for religious institutions: “Rather than try to rescue tax-exempt status for organizations that dissent from settled public policy on matters of race or sexuality, we need to take a more radical step. It’s time to abolish, or greatly diminish, their tax-exempt statuses.”
Opportunities and Education after Obergefellhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/07/opportunities-and-education-after-obergefell
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:19:00 -email@example.com (Andrew Walker)Very recently, I was at a conference where Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Gergis, two of the nation’s foremost intellectual champions of marriage, spoke about marriage post-
(confession: Ryan and Sherif are close friends).
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:16:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Walker)In the aftermath of Friday’s
Supreme Court decision
, attention is turning toward the future of religious liberty. And if you read Justice Kennedy’s opinion on the ruling, you’ll quickly learn that if there’s to be any semblance of our historic understanding of religious liberty, there will be so in spite of his written remarks.
]]>A Note from Creator Cakeshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/04/a-note-from-creator-cakes
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:38:00 -email@example.com (Andrew Walker)A fictionalized note from a Christian baker:
]]>Willing Incompatible Worldshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/03/willing-incompatible-worlds
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:31:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Walker)To find the words that describe with accuracy the media hysterics involved with Indiana’s passing of a
Religious Freedom Restoration Act
(RFRA) may be impossible. The sanctimonious moral preening offered via social media from such figures as Apple’s Tim Cook and the historically amnesiatic Hillary Clinton are both laughable and inexcusable for their dedication to spreading flavor-of-the-moment distortions.
]]>Selma and Humane Democracyhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/03/selma-and-humane-democracy
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:42:00 -email@example.com (Andrew Walker)Over the weekend, President Obama and other national leaders traveled to Selma, Alabama to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the march on Selma. The events of that day in particular, and of the Civil Rights movement in general, remind us of an important truth: Religion and politics do go together—a democratic version of the latter cannot be sustained without the former.
]]>Stand with Barronelle Stutzmanhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/02/stand-with-barronelle-stutzman
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:05:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Walker) In the ongoing cultural disputes that pit a person’s sexual “identity” against a person’s religious liberty, it’s not often that you see eye-popping courage and conviction. This is just what was on display last week when florist
to Washington State’s Attorney General, stating her intent to not settle a discrimination lawsuit filed against her for refusing to lend her creative talents and services to a same-sex ceremony. Her brief letter is worth
]]>The Legal Ingredients to Forced Baking 2.0https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/01/the-legal-ingredients-to-forced-baking-20
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:39:00 -email@example.com (Andrew Walker) I’ve been saying this for a while now, but on the most contentious issues of the culture war, namely homosexuality and same-sex marriage, it is conservative Christians that deserve credit for being the most reasonable and peaceable combatants.
]]>The Atlanta Fire Chief Firedhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/01/the-atlanta-fire-chief-fired
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:45:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Walker)The story of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran’s dismissal is circulating widely around the web, and for what looks to be good reason. The affair has been reported widely, with stories and follow-ups
. Rather than rehearse all the details of his firing, I’ll point you to Ryan Anderson’s
article and analysis
. There are disputes over what exactly happened: Was Cochran fired for failing to follow municipal guidelines for publishing a book? Or, were the views expressed in the book (which deemed homosexuality immoral) the true pretext for his dismissal? It seems the answer is yes, to both.
]]>Why Christians Care About Sexhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/12/why-christians-care-about-sex
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:48:00 -email@example.com (Andrew Walker)A
out this week shows widening gaps in how different demographics in America approach sexuality and family. The
Relationships in America
study, produced by the
, looks at “how social forces, demography, and religion continue to shape attitudes about family and intimate relationships.” The findings are notable, boosted by a survey that draws from 15,738 respondents ages eighteen to sixty, a very large and representative sample of the general population of the United States.