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During this election season I’ve heard more than ever the argument, “We’re electing a President, not a pastor.” Ours is a nation founded upon the idea of religious liberty; it is the duty of the President of the United States to defend the liberties of people of all faiths and those without any faith at […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Life With Meaning

 

No life lacks meaning. No person, however young, dies without touching and moving others. In the Jewish and Christian traditions, this is taught explicitly, with the idea of a soul having a mission to complete (roughly, the Jewish idea) or a Divine plan (broadly speaking, the Christian perspective).

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Religious Liberty Under Siege in Mississippi

 

Religious LibertyLast month, Judge Carlton W. Reeves of the Northern District of Mississippi handed down an extraordinarily misguided decision in Barber v. Bryant by issuing a preliminary injunction against House Bill 1523, Mississippi’s newly passed religious liberty law, just minutes before it was to go into effect. The court found that House Bill 1523 likely denied the plaintiffs—a diverse group of supporters of same-sex marriage—their rights under Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, and, furthermore, established preferred religious beliefs, violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. Phil Bryant, the governor of Mississippi, has filed papers in the Court of Appeals to dissolve that temporary injunction. State Attorney General Jim Hood has declined to join in that defense of the Mississippi law. As someone who gave some brief advice and encouragement to Mississippi’s appellate lawyers, I think that their motion should be granted, given the major points of principle that it raises.

To put matters in context, HB 1523 was the latest effort to provide explicit protection of religious liberty and moral conscience for those individuals who are opposed to same-sex marriage. At no point does the legislation limit the right of any person to participate in a same-sex marriage, which would be an obvious nonstarter given Obergefell v. Hodges, a highly dubious Supreme Court decision, which held that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteed that right to all persons. House Bill 1523 does not seek to dislodge or compromise that decision. Indeed, it would have been dead on arrival if it had attempted any such maneuver. But as is often the case, no one quite understands the scope of a particular constitutional right until its correlative duties are accurately specified.

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Gabi Dawd, 23, who has a Jesus tattoo on his left arm, said, “I first fought alongside Kurdish comrades in the ranks of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) before joining the Sutoro. If you put yourself in our place as Kurds and Christians then you would understand why we are fighting for our rights. The […]

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Ottawa police are investigating an early Monday morning stabbing on Slater Street that sent one man to hospital. Officers said they were called to a bar on Slater Street between Bank and O’Connor streets at 2:45 a.m. More

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An axe-wielding Afghan teenager attacked passengers on a train in Germany on Monday night, leaving three seriously injured, in what was described by officials as a “probable” Islamist attack. Police shot dead the suspect, a 17-year-old Afghan refugee, as he attempted to flee the scene. The assault in Wurzburg was the latest suspected terror attack […]

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The Challenge: 10 cents has offered a challenge. This is an entry in completing my goal. The Background: I belong to a Unity Church. Unity was originally formed as a publishing company, Unity Tract Society, and publishing magazines and books has long been a large part of what Unity does. One of its long-time staple […]

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The Challenge: 10 cents has offered a challenge. This is an entry in completing my goal. The Background: I belong to a Unity Church. Unity was originally formed as a publishing company, Unity Tract Society, and publishing magazines and books has long been a large part of what Unity does. One of its long-time staple […]

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review credit Republicans on the special Benghazi committee for uncovering the truth about Benghazi. They are disgusted by the Supreme Court refusing to hear a challenge to a Washington State law mandating all pharmacies to sell abortion inducing drugs. They review the terrible policies in the new Democratic Party platform.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review have mixed feelings on Marco Rubio deciding to run for his Senate seat again but agree that he gives Republicans the best chance to hold the seat. They also slam Attorney General Loretta Lynch for claiming she still doesn’t know the motive behind the Orlando attack, for admitting she doesn’t know where the terrorist’s wife is, and for saying America should respond to terrorism with love and compassion. And they shake their heads as Donald Trump has evangelical leaders swooning and even has one posing in front of the cover of his Playboy interview.

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This 2004 novel is a sequel to the author’s 2001 novel, God’s Debris. In that work, which I considered profound and made my hair stand on end on several occasions, a package delivery man happens to encounter the smartest man in the world and finds his own view of the universe and his place in […]

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review slam President Obama for refusing to identity the Orlando terrorist’s motivation which was already clear and for suggesting Americans currently identify with the terrorist more than the victims. They also shake their heads as the federal government had another terrorist under investigation only to let them go and eventually attack. And they rip both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for their pathetic responses to the terrorist attack.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Why Does it Matter If We Think G-d Loves Us?

 

imageThe odds of a man deciding that he will jump off a building and try to fly like Superman are much better if the man is convinced that he is, in fact, Superman. In other words, what we attempt to do — regardless of whether we succeed or get scraped off of the sidewalk — is governed by what we think we can do. Our worldview is an essential precondition for the actions we voluntarily undertake.

Our beliefs matter. Even whether or not we have beliefs matters: A person who thinks that G-d loves him and is involved in every facet of his life will act differently than a self-described rational atheist. True, an accountant in a big firm may make the same decisions whether or not he believes that G-d exists. But in other situations, a person’s beliefs can make all the difference in the world. It is the religious person who will take risks that a rational person will not: Perhaps committing to an early marriage, starting a business, or in trying to invent new things. A leap of faith requires faith.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review hope reports showing CNN beating Fox News in the key 25-54 age demographic will spark much better election coverage at Fox. They also shake their heads as Donald Trump’s strong wins last week have some unbound delegates thinking about abandoning Ted Cruz. And they blast ESPN for editing Curt Schilling out of its documentary on the 2004 American League Championship Series just days after firing him for politically incorrect social media posts.

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Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review condemn the Obama administration’s obsession with identity politics, but conclude that if you’re going to put a woman on currency, Harriet Tubman is a great choice – especially compared to the disasters the Obama folks could have picked. We also slam Trump for taking the left’s position on the transgender bathroom debate and tell his “evangelical” supporters “we told you so.” And we rip ESPN, in part for its treatment of Curt Schilling but mainly for being another hardcore, intolerant leftist outlet.

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KasichJohn Kasich: Governor of Ohio. Presidential candidate. Gentile.

Strolling through a Brooklyn neighborhood, he popped in to a Jewish bookstore to press the flesh and teach the assembled haredi Orthodox Jews a thing or two about their religion.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Reconciling Faith and Politics

 

shutterstock_197666240I’ve recently discovered a little conflict going on between my religious beliefs and political ideology. Obviously I’ll find a way to reconcile the two because both are core to who I am as a person, so I cannot withstand such a bipolar condition for long. The first problem is one of charity. As I commented in the PIT yesterday:

So I’m conflicted between religion and politics. My church has an outreach where once a month or so they go to Seattle and distribute needed items to the homeless. I’m sure the homeless love getting new socks, clean water, and especially some of the other things like pre-stamped envelopes and writing material, but I have trouble seeing helping people in their condition as being more appropriate than helping them out of their condition.

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Mother Angelica, one of the meekest and yet most influential evangelists of our time, has died at the age 92. The New York Times obituary covers the details of her life and career in religious orders and as a broadcasting powerhouse, but Raymond Arroyo’s announcement on the cable channel she founded is probably the most fitting tribute to her:

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At Blackfriars, Oxford.

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