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60Pew Poll: Most Churches Avoid Polarizing Social Issueshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/pew-poll-most-churches-avoid-polarizing-social-issues
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:55:00 -0400This week, Pew Research Center released a poll of over 4,000 individuals who had attended a religious service within the past few months. It asked respondents how often clergy had spoken out about various social and political issues. An impressive 64 percent of respondents reported that they had heard clergy speak about at least one of the six issues included in the survey. However, the survey indicates that when it comes to polarizing morality policy issues, majorities of churchgoers hear nothing. Only 40 percent of respondents stated that clergy had spoken about religious liberty. Similarly, 39 percent stated that clergy had spoken about homosexuality. Finally, only 29 percent of respondents recalled hearing about abortion.
Trump Needs To Reach Out to Pro-Lifershttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/07/trump-needs-to-reach-out-to-pro-lifers
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400This past weekend, the National Right to Life Committee (N.R.L.C.) held its annual convention in Herndon, Virgina. During election years, the N.R.L.C. Convention is held near Washington, D.C. and typically places great emphasis on the presidential race. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee usually sends in a video greeting, which is played during one of the general sessions. Surrogates for the nominee often address the convention in person and take questions from attendees. Convention attendees are strongly encouraged to support the nominee.
]]>American Civil Liberties Union Seeks Texas Abortion Datahttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/06/american-civil-liberties-union-seeks-texas-abortion-data
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:35:00 -0400Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused the Department of State Health Services in Texas of purposely withholding state abortion statistics for 2014. The Department of State Health Services has indicated that the number of abortions performed in Texas declined in 2014, but has not yet made their full report public. The ACLU is insisting that the state release the 2014 report and suggested they are willing to pursue legal action. This story has been reported by a number of news outlets including
The Texas Tribune
]]>The Surprising Stability of Americans’ Moral Attitudeshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/06/the-surprising-stability-of-americans-moral-attitudes
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:30:00 -0400Social conservatives had a tough year in 2015. In June, the Supreme Court’s decision in
Obergefell v. Hodges
effectively legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states. Political efforts to legalize assisted suicide also gained momentum, due in part to sympathetic press coverage of Brittany Maynard’s death the previous year. In October 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that legalized assisted suicide in California, and similar legislation was considered in other states.
]]> CPAC’s Pro-Life Panelhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/03/cpacs-pro-life-panel
Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:15:00 -0500On Friday afternoon, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) hosted a panel on pro-life issues. It was moderated by Julie Hocker of the American Conservative Union Foundation. Panelists included Congressional candidate Lenny McAllister, abortion survivor and pro-life activist Gianna Jessen, and Father Ben Johnson the U.S. Bureau Chief of LifeSiteNews. This panel discussed abortion, but also considered a wide range of sanctity of life issues including euthanasia, eugenics, and cloning. When Hocker introduced the panel, she stated that “on matters of life and death, we cannot be wrong.”
]]>More Words of Encouragement for Social Conservativeshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/07/more-words-of-encouragement-for-social-conservatives
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:14:00 -0400During the past few days a number of commentators have discussed the numerous parallels between the Supreme Court’s recent decision in
Obergefell v. Hodges
and the 1973
Roe v. Wade
decision. In neither case was the majority opinion grounded in the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, social conservatives are likely feeling a similar sense of disenfranchisement and betrayal. Social conservatives should, however, take heart. We are now in a much better situation today than we were in 1973. This is for three reasons:
]]>Some Words Against Despairhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/06/some-words-against-despair
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Many social conservatives are rightly disappointed and dismayed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in
Obergefell v. Hodges,
which effectively legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states. Many pundits—even those who disagree with the decision—are already advising conservatives to consider the matter settled and turn their attention to other issues. However, I would encourage supporters of traditional marriage to continue stay the course. The future is unpredictable and developments in politics, technology, and culture can sometimes produce unexpected changes in public opinion.
]]>Gallup Poll Shows Increased Support For Physician Assisted Suicidehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/06/gallup-poll-shows-increased-support-for-physician-assisted-suicide
Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400Last week, Gallup released the results of a poll on the moral acceptability of various behaviors. Specifically, this poll asked people about the morality of over fifteen specific issues including abortion, gambling, and polygamy. What was most interesting was the sharp increase in the percentage of people who found doctor assisted suicide “morally acceptable.” In 2013, only 45 percent of Americans found doctor assisted suicide “morally acceptable.” Last week’s poll indicated that percentage had risen to 56 percent.
]]>A Temporary Setback in Alabamahttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/08/a-temporary-setback-in-alabama
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:51:00 -0400Today, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled an Alabama law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional. In his ruling Thompson stated that the law posed an undue burden on women’s right to abortion. Planned Parenthood and a group of abortion centers in Alabama sued to block the law, arguing that it would close three of the five abortion centers in Alabama.
]]>Little Change in Abortion Attitudeshttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2013/02/little-change-in-abortion-attitudes
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:29:00 -0500 Much of the mainstream media coverage of Roe v. Wade s recent forty-year anniversary indicated that grassroots abortion rights activists are pessimistic about the future. However, in the days before the March for Life many pro-choice commentators expressed optimism. They claimed that recent polling data indicates that public opinion is shifting in a direction more sympathetic to legal abortion. For example, a recent Think Progress article cites a Fox News exit poll indicating that 59 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Similarly, a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll covered in the Washington Post and elsewhere suggested that 70 percent of Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade .