Keith Vaz: Defending the indefensible

Sep 7, 2016 by

by David Robertson, Christian Today: Keith Vaz – a senior figure in the Labour Party and one of the best-known Asian MPs in the UK – faced fierce pressure to resign from his key role as chair of the home affairs committee of the House of Commons. In an astonishing display of chutzpah (or bravery, depending on your point of view) he appeared in the Commons yesterday and asked a couple of questions which were greeted with stony silence. Eventually the pressure became too great. He has just...

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Republican voters are not ‘moving on’ from marriage

Sep 2, 2016 by

by Frank Schubert, MercatorNet: A year after the US Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 ruling redefining marriage, many of the elite in the Republican Party are anxious to declare “the marriage issue” settled. It’s a common refrain from high-ranking Republicans: “the Supreme Court has spoken,” and the party should move on to other issues. The trouble for the echo chamber of corporate lobbyists, paid political consultants, wealthy donors, and media personalities who constantly push this narrative is...

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How cynical populism has created a culture of victimhood politics

Aug 31, 2016 by

by Paul Bickley, Theos: In Theos’ inaugural report, Doing God: A Future for Faith in the Public Square, Nick Spencer suggested that one of the reasons that religiously motivated political engagement was here to stay was the turn to the politics of identity. That is, the end-of-history assumption that liberal democracy was the final point of progress would be disrupted as religious and other identities would stubbornly persist, and continue to drive events. He was more right than he could have...

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Bigot-baiting

Aug 27, 2016 by

by R R Reno, First Things: I can’t imagine a policy more irrelevant to the problems facing our society than bathroom privileges for transgender students. The bottom half of American society is collapsing. Voters are revolting against establishment candidates, casting doubt on the economic and cultural consensus that has predominated over the last generation. And the Obama administration presses for transgender rights? This is amazing, but not surprising given the history of post-sixties...

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Marriage and the family: A Comparison of the Democrat and Republican Platforms

Aug 23, 2016 by

by Andrew Guernsey, FRC: Last week, the Republican Party ratified its 2016 platform that includes key socially conservative planks on life, marriage, and religious liberty, which FRC Action, in tandem with our partner delegates, helped to improve from the 2012 platform. This week, the Democrats approved their platform, which swings them even farther to the extreme left on their radical social agenda. While platforms are non-binding documents, research shows they matter—significantly. One study...

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Theresa May sidelines role of faith minister

Aug 16, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: The government position of faith minister has been quietly minimised in an ongoing trend of minimising the prominence of religion in senior roles. Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth is the new minister with responsibilities for “faith and integration” after Theresa May became Prime Minister in July. But far from being a senior government position, Bourne is a junior minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Alongside his...

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