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Posts tagged with ‘Christianity’

  • Are Republicans the Christian Nationalist Party?

    By Donald Knebel on June 14, 2014
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    When some American reporters described the recent election in India as a victory for the Hindu Nationalist Party, an Indian comic tweeted that Indian reporters should begin referring to the Republican Party as the “Christian Nationalist Party.” The tweet was sarcastic, but nonetheless close to home. As the primary defeat of Virginia Representative Eric Cantor emphasizes, the current incarnation of […]
  • God and Climate Change

    By Donald Knebel on May 21, 2014
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    On May 5, 2014, the U. S. Global Research Program released its 2014 National Climate Assessment.  The report summarized the conclusions of a team of 300 climate experts and was reviewed by a number of federal agencies, including a panel from the National Academy of Sciences.  The report’s primary conclusion is that “[m]any independent lines of evidence demonstrate that the […]
  • The Lessons of Town of Greece v. Galloway for Campaign Finance Laws

    By David Schultz on May 8, 2014
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    The Supreme Court’s recent Town of Greece v. Galloway ruling upholding invocation of a prayer before the start of a local town board meeting is not a decision that one would think would be of significance to election law, but it is.  Specifically, the Court’s discussion about coercion and religious beliefs has potential importance to those arguing against campaign finance […]
  • And Now, the Rest of the Story

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on April 24, 2014
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    Yesterday, I posted the text of a speech I delivered at Monday to Greenwood Rotary. Today, I’ll share the rest of the story. Let me set the stage, however, by being fair and pointing out that (1) the subject of the speech–the importance of science and what it tells us–was the choice of the Chapter President; (2) the program chair, […]
  • Make Believe Martyrdom is the Easy Way Out

    By Doug Masson on February 27, 2014
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    I think I’ve told the story about how, in a college literature class, I raged against a line in “The Catcher in the Rye” that said: The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. I see […]
  • Was Jesus a Marxist?

    By Donald E. Knebel on December 10, 2013
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    Rush Limbaugh recently spent about an hour criticizing Pope Francis’ 50,000 word “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel), claiming it contains “pure Marxism” because of its emphasis on improving the lot of the poor and reducing income inequality.  Sarah Palin chimed in that the Pope’s remarks “sound kind of liberal, [and] has [sic] taken me aback.”  These conservative voices, […]