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The Gospel at the Gates of Hell

July 14, 2014

One of the reasons governments feel free to deny their citizens religious freedom has to do with the Obama administration’s apparent lack of interest.

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Georgetown University’s One-Way Street of Christian-Muslim Understanding

December 4, 2013

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.

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“An omen over Catholic Colleges: cognitive dissonance and the tyranny of sentimentality”

August 6, 2013

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.


The Case Against Georgetown

June 1, 2013

(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…


Christianity and Freedom in the Contemporary Middle East

December 27, 2012

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…


Religious Freedom as a Christian Doctrine

December 20, 2012

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…


Inaugural Symposium: Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

December 6, 2012

(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…


Farr: Religious Freedom Is a National Security Issue

November 19, 2012

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…


Contemporary Understandings of Religious Freedom in the West

October 22, 2012

  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…


Ross Douthat on the Crisis of “Small ‘o’ Orthodoxy”

October 4, 2012

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…


“Bad Religion” at Georgetown

September 28, 2012

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…


Liberty versus License

September 18, 2012

By Nathaniel Torrey This past Thursday I attended a conference entitled “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty” at Georgetown University.  The conference consisted of three panels centered around Dignitatus Humanae, the document on religious liberty…