The “more strongly you are committed to your faith,” emerging church leader Brian McLaren stated at Georgetown University on November 21, 2013, the “more tolerant and compassionate you are.” McLaren’s equivalency among all faiths fit perfectly into the conference “Muslim-Christian Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities,” a day-long, one-sided presentation of Islam as a pacific faith unjustly maligned by Christians and others.
Kyle Spencer of the New York Times has done a remarkable service for American Catholic higher education. In a recent celebratory feature on homosexuality at Catholic universities—most notably Georgetown—Spencer gives a largely sympathetic inside look at a growing trend that has largely passed unnoticed. Spencer’s is no investigative expose; it is the boast proper to a victor.
(Photo Credit: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post) By Marjorie Jeffrey (@MarjorieJeffrey) In the spring of 2012, a series of questionable events at Georgetown University culminated with the University’s decision to invite Kathleen Sebelius, architect of the infamous HHS mandate, as a commencement speaker. This bold move arrived in the midst of an ongoing battle between the […]
By Rick Plasterer Tenuous religious freedom for Christians in the Middle East is now complicated by enormous social unrest, panelists seemed to agree at an afternoon session of the inaugural symposium on Christianity and Freedom, sponsored by the Religious Freedom Project of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. The first panelist, Kurt Werthmuller […]
By Rick Plasterer That traditional Christian doctrine and morality curtails freedom has been a common theme in the ongoing controversy concerning religion and society in the western world. This is being challenged by a new initiative of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs. An initial symposium […]
(Photo credit: Wikimedia) Join IRD board member Dr. Tom Farr on Friday, December 14 in an engaging discussion about historical perspectives on Christianity and freedom. The event starts at 2:30 pm in Georgetown University’s Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center. RSVP here!
The protection of religious freedom worldwide is so essential to democracy and prosperity that it should be considered an issue of “national security” to the U.S. government, says a former diplomat. “Religious freedom is buried in the bureaucracy and so people understand this is not a priority for us,” Dr. Tom Farr, senior fellow at […]
By Rick Plasterer American religious freedom tends to be understood as protecting the integrity of religions, whereas Europeans see religious freedom as balanced by the state against other interests. This appeared to be the overall assessment of the contemporary situation for religious freedom by panelists at a conference on contrasting American and European models […]
By Kristin Rudolph Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist and author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics recently discussed the themes of the book at an event sponsored by Georgetown University’s Tocqueville Forum. Georgetown professor Fr. Matthew Carnes joined Douthat on the September 27th event to offer a response and engage in a dialogue on the […]
Last night, IRD staff Nathaniel Torrey, Kristin Rudolph, and I ambled up to Georgetown University to hear New York Times columnist Ross Douthat discuss his latest well-received book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. Jesuit priest and government professor Matthew Carnes joined the conversation to offer his opinions and constructive criticisms of […]