Category Archives: Christianity in the Public Square

Thomas Jefferson, the First Amendment, and Why We Can’t Stop Fighting About Religous Freedom

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In 1878, the Supreme Court of the United States wrestled with a religious freedom case focused on Mormons and polygamy. In the written decision, Chief Justice Morrison Waite explained the court’s attempt to discern the intent of the First Amendment. … Continue reading

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Hey, Christians. Don’t Be Evil!

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Amidst the debris of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Atlanta Banana published a satirical news report: Little Caesar’s Pizza had been granted the religious freedom to feed Christian employees to lions. The trope of Christians getting fed to lions may have … Continue reading

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Child Evangelism Fellowship Targets Portland Children for Summer Salvation. Locals Fights Back

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In past summers, Child Evangelism Fellowship has targeted children in Boston, Denver, Chicago, Little Rock, Salt Lake City, and the Twin Cities for conversion to their brand of biblical fundamentalism. This summer they chose Portland, Oregon. It may have been … Continue reading

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Changing the Abortion Conversation–A Biblical Aikido Strategy

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Picture this: A group of abortion opponents stand outside a women’s clinic holding pictures of fetal remains. As they stand there, calling and offering pamphlets to people entering the clinic, a trickle of pro-choice activists also arrive. Instead of lining … Continue reading

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Bible-Thumping Pastor Believes Women Shouldn’t Interfere with ‘God’s Will’ In Pregnancy—Except His Own Wife

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The Pill is destroying America, making women into idle lazy tattlers and gossips according to Arizona Baptist pastor Steven Anderson. And whores. His bottom line: Feminism, coupled with birth control, gives a woman the power to decide when to have … Continue reading

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Missing Fred Phelps? Five More Religious Leaders Who Drive People From the Church

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For decades Fred Phelps held an unparalleled position in the spectrum of American Christianity. Arch conservative and biblical literalist, he was a hater among haters, a bigot among bigots. Any public disaster afforded an opportunity to revel in God’s wrath. … Continue reading

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Conscience Creep: How “Religious Freedom” Spiraled Out of Control

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Secular Americans and many liberal people of faith have been horrified by the Right’s most recent ploy: “religious freedom” claims that would give conservative business owners license to discriminate. Until Arizona made the national spotlight, the need for lunch counter … Continue reading

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