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.




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.

Religious Freedom and Economic Growth in China

The Role of Business in Religious Freedom

October 25, 2014

Private business has an important role to play in the functioning of religious freedom in society, one which is mutually beneficial to both religious freedom and business.

Houston Skyline

Sexual Liberation’s War on Religious Freedom in Houston

October 17, 2014

The clear implication of the subpoenas [of Houston pastors] is that pastors need to exercise self-censorship in their sermons and other communication related to homosexuality, and in particular not to oppose homosexual activism.


Suffering and the Sanctity of Life

October 16, 2014

The idea of the sanctity of human life, that it has been pronounced holy by God … is now being set aside in favor of a doctrine of quality of life that values persons to the degree they are well developed, healthy, and strong.

Grove City College

Faith, Freedom and Higher Education

October 10, 2014

The attempt to exclude the ideas of exclusivist Christianity on secular campuses suggests that such ideas are also unacceptable in the secularist society that is being constructed.

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The Criminalization of Heartland Christianity

October 7, 2014

The coercive program of homosexual liberation, cloaked as always in the language of love and justice, and backed ultimately by court edicts and intense political and social pressure, is now working its way into the American heartland.