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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Jesus and the Pharisees

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.

Christ Commanding Duties to God and Caesar

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.

Following Christ

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.

Ideology

The Animus Standard and the Ideological State

December 12, 2014

The animus standard establishes an ideological standard in law, in which ideas deemed to be oppressive must be excluded as a motivation for law and public policy.

Gordon College

Will the Sexual License Mandate Destroy Christian Educational Institutions?

December 5, 2014

The free exercise of (not just belief in) Christian faith is clearly being denied if Christian institutions are prohibited from maintaining Christian standards.

Daniel's Three Friends

Declining the Price of Citizenship

November 19, 2014

For the common good, Christians and other Americans committed to freedom should endeavor to put in place protections for religious liberty for all persons.

Self Definition

The New Transgender Frontier

November 14, 2014

The now very evident principle of the sexual revolution, that morality means wishes should be put above reality, will not stop at homosexuality … The new frontier is transgenderism.

Gerhard Muller

Cardinal Muller Discusses Unchanging Truth Engaging a Changing World

November 11, 2014

Can the Roman Catholic Church faithfully engage the contemporary world with the love of God in Jesus Christ so that there is no distortion of the deposit of faith received from Christ and the apostles?

Narrow Gate

Confronting Homosexuality as Disciples of Christ

November 6, 2014

The Gospel is “highly costly and utterly worth it … to turn to Jesus we have to turn many things away, many things that are precious to us … but we never receive a bad deal … if you think Jesus is a bad deal for someone, you are calling Jesus a liar.”

America's Moral Vision

America’s Moral Vision and the Administrative State

November 5, 2014

The administrative state is overwhelming classical liberalism. Freedom will not survive unless the moral vision of the American founders is recovered.