Are Religious Californians Really Harming the Mental Health of People Who Identify as LGBTQ?

Sep 17, 2019 by

by Laura Haynes, Public Discourse: Politicians are saying Californians of many religions are causing people who identify as LGBTQ to exhibit mental health disparities. The research does not support this claim. California politicians are telling people of many religions that their faith is unacceptable to the state. These legislators are pushing anti-religious, LGBTQ-affirming practices in education (AB-493), and in pastoral counseling and psychotherapy (ACR-99). What is their justification? A...

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Darwinism, Judaism and the clash between science and religion

Sep 7, 2019 by

by Melanie Phillips: Yale University professor of computer science David Gelernter has renounced his previous belief in Darwinian evolution. Writing that he was sad to give up on “a brilliant and beautiful scientific theory,” he said he had concluded that it couldn’t explain the big picture—not the fine-tuning of existing species, but the emergence of new ones. Whether or not his argument is well-founded is a discussion for another time. The point here is that it’s unsayable by anyone who...

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Why Satanism Is Now on the Center Stage in the Culture War

Aug 30, 2019 by

by John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine: The religious right has often been looked down upon by many Americans involved in the political scene. For them, it shouldn’t exist. According to the secular liberal tradition, the public square is supposed to be value-neutral. Any religious intrusion into political matters is to be discouraged. The secular left is especially fearful of mixing politics and religion. Its activists are ever ready to find theocracy behind any Christian leader who opines about...

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The Nones: Education without Divinity or Selfhood

Aug 22, 2019 by

by R J Snell, Public Discourse: If questions of ultimate meaning and purpose are shuttled to the side, as they are in so many of our schools and colleges, the various disciplines and domains of knowledge can never attain a unifying vision. The statistics indicate that there are as many Americans with no religion as there are Evangelicals or Catholics. Those with weak or “cultural” religious identity are rapidly disappearing. The rise of those without religion—the “Nones”—is now well-documented...

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Marriage, Religion, Religion and the Public Square How the Rise in Unreligious Americans affects Sex and Marriage: Comparative Evidence from New Survey Data

Aug 20, 2019 by

by Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse: Permissive sexual attitudes and practices have not stimulated the religious revival many Christians believe the extremes of Sexual Revolution will inspire. There is no evidence of it in the data. On the contrary: Christians seem to grow more complicit—or at least more quiet about their misgivings—by the year. Growth in the number of Americans who profess no religious affiliation cannot but affect the institution of the family, built as it is on the marital...

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The Rise of the Nones

Aug 19, 2019 by

by Nathaniel Peters, Public Discourse: The rise in numbers of people with no religious affiliation reflects the emergence of a new faith rather than a loss of faith altogether. As America’s religious norm changes from Christianity to therapeutic deism and spiritualized progressivism, we will find more people challenging longstanding protections of human dignity and religious liberty. Roughly one fifth of Americans, and one third of young Americans, are what the Pew Research Center has dubbed...

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