Collateral Damage: Same-Sex Marriage, Private Religious Schools, and Parental Rights

Dec 8, 2015 by

By Nathan Swanson, Public Discourse: Same-sex marriage endangers not only religious liberty, but also the school choice movement. We need new laws to protect schools from being forced to adopt sexual orientation nondiscrimination policies in order to be eligible for voucher, tax credit/deduction, or educational savings account programs. The “inversion of the original meaning of liberty” in Obergefell v. Hodges, observed Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, “will likely cause collateral damage...

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Poverty is big business in the West

Dec 8, 2015 by

By Mathew Otieno, MercatorNet: At the end of World War II, with Europe reduced to rubble, the United States put into action the Marshall Plan to rebuild the torn continent. Inundating Europe with money resulted in a succession of economic miracles that spread through the continent and launched it to pre-war economic levels in less than a decade. Another consequence of the War was decolonization, which rippled across Africa and the rest of the colonial world over the next 20 years. The...

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The multi-cultural hand-wringers sounding the death knell for Britain as a Christian nation

Dec 8, 2015 by

By Damian Thompson, Mailonline: Now it’s official — Britain is no longer a Christian society and needs a ‘new settlement for religion in the UK’ recognising our secular multicultural diversity. ‘Socially divisive’ faith schools must be phased out and King Charles III’s coronation should be a multi-faith affair. That’s the verdict, published with a fanfare yesterday, of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, chaired by the Rt Hon Baroness Butler-Sloss of Marsh Green GBE,...

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Too many of us forget that religion is about peace and goodwill

Dec 8, 2015 by

By Dr Rowan Williams, Evening Standard: You know Christmas is coming when the papers begin to fill up with stories of well-meaning and cloth-headed persons trying to avoid the terrible threat represented by mentioning the Christian origins of Christmas (the clue is in the name…). It is so obviously offensive to be reminded that singing about peace and goodwill started two millennia ago, for a very particular reason, on a hillside in Bethlehem. The delicate and sensitive public —...

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Advent Meditations: Tuesday 8 December

Dec 8, 2015 by

Date Psalm                  OT        Epistle         Gospel Tue Dec 8 am: 26, 28 pm: 36, 39                                               Gen 3:9-15    Eph 1:3-6, 11-12      Luke 1 : 26-38 TODAY ON THE LITURGICAL CALENDAR – – Feast   of   the  Conception   by Blessed   Anna   of the   Most-holy Theotokos (East) or    The Commemoration of the Conception of Mary, the Mother of Our Lord (West) The lessons today are taken from liturgical lectionaries, East and West, and call to mind that...

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Cincinnati Voting TODAY at 1:00 p.m. ET on Therapy Bans for Minors

Dec 7, 2015 by

Please contact CityCouncil@cincinnati-oh.gov and ask them to vote against therapy ban. From Equality and Justice for All: Don’t minors have the right to get help, too? Four states and the District of Columbia say they don’t. They’ve banned “conversion therapy” or other Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE) therapies. For now, in 90 percent of the country, minors still experience therapy equality, an issue close to the heart of Christopher Doyle, a leader in the #TherapyEquality...

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Will St. Paul’s Pro-Homosexual Dean Red Flag Global South Primates Meeting in January?

Dec 7, 2015 by

By David W Virtue, VOL: Western ambiguity over homosexuality and gay marriage is the single greatest stumbling block to continued unity in the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop of Canterbury himself has been less than forthright on where he stands over gay marriage. Justin Welby will not say whether gay marriage is morally wrong. When he was asked in an interview about an Anglican priest in Lincolnshire who recently married his boyfriend, he replied: “It’s best if I do not comment...

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The challenge of secularism to religious communities in Asia Today

Dec 7, 2015 by

Reflections by Vinay Samuel: The Woolf Report on Religion in Public Life sets the framework for Religion in Public Life in religious pluralism and ultimately in secular humanism. This paper by Dr Vinay Samuel addresses the challenge of secularism to religious communities in Asia and is particularly relevant to the challenge from the Woolf Report.   Introduction:- The rise of majoritarian religious nationalisms in South and Southeast Asia puts enormous pressure on religious minorities in...

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Toward Plural Marriage: Understanding and Countering the Liberal Wringer

Dec 7, 2015 by

by Scott Yenor, Public Discourse: Anyone interested in defending marriage and family life must first expose the built-in biases and hidden moral teaching within the contemporary liberal perspective. According to the modern idea, marriage is merely a consenting relationship between adults, for whatever purposes those adults define. This idea has given us same-sex marriage. As many have pointed out, plural marriage is the next logical step. Why should a marriage so understood be limited to two...

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New Butler-Sloss religion report ‘destroys our nation’s defence against evil’

Dec 7, 2015 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: A new report into religion “destroys” our country’s defence against evil and threatens our values, a leading Christian body warns today. […] Christian Concern was among those who responded with fury. In one of the most damning statements it has ever issued, Christian Concern said: “It destroys a solid foundation for strong values and defence against evil and replaces it with a foundation of sand that could swept away in a...

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