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RB Budget

California’s outrageous state budget made even worse when considering Governor Jerry Brown’s faith

July 8, 2014

The new California budget has some rather bizarre inclusions, perhaps most notably the 40 percent increase for abortion funding.


It Was a Mighty Fourth

July 7, 2014

July 4 means life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, not death, entitlement, and vice.


Supreme Court Protects Prolife Rights in Abortion Clinic Case

June 26, 2014

Moments ago, IRD staff joined the victory cheers outside of the U.S. Supreme Court as we listened to the McCullen v. Coakley ruling. This decision is not only a huge victory for the pro-life movement, but hopefully a forecast of the decisions to come regarding Hobby Lobby and religious freedom.


The Coming Methodist Split?

June 22, 2014

Debates over same sex marriage are threatening to fracture the denomination.


Your Faith is Now Intrinsically Offensive. Are You Ready for the Fallout?

May 25, 2014

Picture a world in which Christianity has all but vanished with little hope of resurgence, a world where the marginalization of Christians has morphed into persecution and genocide…

Law in Conflict with Morality

Christian Duty and Secular Law

May 12, 2014

Christians must defend both their unconditional obedience to God and a correct understanding of freedom … for all traditional Christians, freedom is understood not as personal autonomy, but as freedom to make the right choice … Obedience to God in both words and action is, most importantly, the only way to fulfill our duty to God, but also the most effective way of eventually restoring religious freedom.

Dean David Watson (Photo credit: United Theological Seminary)

David Watson: The Social Justice Issue the UMC Doesn’t Want to Deal With

April 28, 2014

While the United Methodist Church may “talk about social justice more than we talk about God,” it nevertheless ignoring a very major social-justice issue.

Meeting Contemporary Challenges to Religious Freedom

Meeting Contemporary Challenges to Religious Freedom

April 5, 2014

If it is proper for the state to define the good life, then many mandates about how people should behave are entirely proper. But defining the good life is considered by most religions to be their proper function. Religious freedom rests in large measure on the intuition that people should not be required to take action they believe is wrong. And that mandates a modest role for government, as it has traditionally had in Anglo-Saxon liberalism.

America's First Freedom

America’s First Freedom

March 24, 2014

Of all freedoms in the civil order, none can be more important than religious freedom, since it protects our right to live in accordance with what we apprehend to be ultimately right and wrong. This cannot be set aside for values the state imposes.

Internationalist Ideology

U.N. Monitoring Committees As Judicial Activists in the Culture War

March 21, 2014

The United Nations attack on the moral teaching of the Catholic Church in the name of human rights points to a more general problem with the application of U.N. human rights treaties, namely, that the monitoring committees charged with reviewing compliance read into them a social radical agenda, which is then claimed as an international norm, binding on nation-states … The result is that international law is no longer about the relation of nation-states to one another, but instead is developing as a global legal code, binding on individuals, and embodying the far left’s commitment to the sexual revolution.

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How Cultural Captivity Prevents Churches from Offering Good News

March 14, 2014

How cultural captivity and intimidation of churches leads to withholding Christian compassion from the victims of violence all around us.

Jesus Teaching His Disciples

The Kingdom of God and Relativism as a Norm

March 8, 2014

Moral autonomy, the reigning doctrine of our age, is seriously inhibiting both truth and freedom for the gospel … Because the relativist challenge to truth and morality is so wide ranging, a successful strategy has to be on many fronts. It has to affect the “core of what people believe.”