Rick Plasterer

Rick Plasterer

Rick Plasterer is a staff writer for IRD concerned particularly with domestic religious liberty. He attended Eastern Mennonite College (now University) receiving a B.A. degree in history and sociology, and an M.S. in library science from Drexel University.
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Liberty of Conscience: Keep on Walking, Keep on Talking

May 6, 2015

Faithful Christians need to beware least they be drawn into believing that the results of legal and social battles are binding on what they will or will not do … This means that one cannot take action against conscience even if there is never a legal accommodation of conscience … faithfulness to Christ demands that we take this route, and never be disobedient to God.

Winding Road

Ryan Anderson and Edward Whelan Discuss Where Religious Liberty Goes from Here

April 17, 2015

Anderson and Whelan outlined a very tenuous future for religious liberty, in which great attention and skill will be needed to substantially preserve the religious liberty Americans have historically known.

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Materialism and the Devaluing of Life – Part 2

April 11, 2015

While eugenics is associated with Nazi Germany, it was in large measure an early twentieth century Anglo-American project … People “don’t want to hear that they are sinful human beings, and unfortunately, that’s what history teaches us.”

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Materialism and the Devaluing of Life – Part 1

April 10, 2015

Materialism focuses attention on material security and quality of life in this world, yet the continued consistent application of the ideal of a high quality of life finally results in a devaluing and loss of life.

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What Should Politicians Say about Evolution?

March 21, 2015

One can effectively make the point that in the contemporary arguments among conventional, non-creationist scientists, the purposeless, unguided mechanism proposed by Neo-Darwinism not a settled issue, but is seriously questioned in peer discussion.

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Redefining Health to Achieve Secularist Utopia – Part 2

March 17, 2015

Secularists are not content to demand that they live their lives free of traditional morality, but insist that their own vision of a re-engineered humanity be imposed on society at large, and in particular, on religious medical professionals who disagree with them.

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Redefining Health to Achieve Secularist Utopia – Part 1

March 13, 2015

The shift in emphasis from medical care (curing illness) to health care (maintaining good health) conceals a more profound confrontation, that between a traditional valuing of human life in Christianity, and the secularist attempt to re-engineer human nature by redefining the meaning of health to make it a secularist understanding of the good life.

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Correctly Understanding Jesus’ Condemnation of the Pharisees

February 25, 2015

We should not be misled, unnerved, or defensive when adversaries of Biblical faith condemn traditional Christians as Pharisaical. Like Jesus, we agree with the moral ideals of the Pharisees, which God gives us in His Word, and like Jesus, we condemn those who depart from them. But unlike the Pharisees (and those who advocate moral autonomy), we do not depend on our own righteousness to be good, but on Jesus Christ.

Baylor University President Kenneth Starr.

Ken Starr Offers Encouragement on Religious Freedom

February 5, 2015

For religious freedom to prevail in the future will require a firm grasp of the legal doctrines available from court decisions, the perseverance of superior lawyers, and when possible, legislative action, according to Baylor University President Kenneth Starr.

Discrimination Categories

Reasonable and Unreasonable Discrimination

January 23, 2015

Racial discrimination has provided social liberals with high powered rhetoric for the sexual revolution by drawing an analogy to discrimination in sexual matters, yet people intuitively know that the analogy is wrong.

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Understanding Conscience Claims as Claims of an Absolute Duty

December 31, 2014

Imperative in the struggle for liberty of conscience is the claim that the right of conscience is protection for an absolute duty. Without this there is no point in the struggle, nor can the general public or the civil courts understand the true nature of the claims being made, or why they should be accommodated.

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Following Christ in the Future

December 22, 2014

As churches and Christian institutions succumb to the intense intellectual, social and legal attacks of our day, it may be necessary for us to understand, as we always should, that our faith is not dependent on any particular human association of Christians, but on God’s revelation in Scripture, confirmed to our hearts by the Holy Spirit.