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“Which is more important, fidelity to historic Christian teaching or temporary political popularity?”
asks Chelsen Vicari, Director of IRD’s Evangelical Action Program.

IRD Cheers Religious Broadcasters’ Strong Witness for Religious Liberty

February 23, 2015

IRD’s Mark Tooley and Chelsen Vicari will participate in the annual National Religious Broadcasters Media Convention this week alongside thousands of Christian communicators.

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United Methodism’s Human Rights Hat-Trick of Early 2015

February 19, 2015

Celebrating three recent examples of much-needed responsibility and moral consistency in United Methodist human-rights advocacy.

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Church of England Clergyman Apologizes after Suggesting 9/11 Perpetrated by Israel

January 30, 2015

The Rev. Stephen Sizer linked to an article entitled “9/11 Israel did it”. Sizer, who regularly speaks at conferences with a sharp critique of Christian groups that are supportive of Israel, has in the past been accused of anti-Semitism by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Pope Francis blesses Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter in Rome following her release from prison on charges of apostasy from Islam. Photo: OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HANDOUT / EPA

IRD’s Top Church News Stories of 2014

December 30, 2014

A Sudanese woman sentenced to die for her faith, church disputes and friction between religious freedom and LGBTQ causes made news throughout 2014.

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When Does Pro-Palestinian Advocacy Cross the Line into Anti-Semitism?

December 8, 2014

When do attacks on Israel cross the line into anti-Semitism? Liberal United Methodists recently got into rather dangerous territory.

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United Methodist Agencies, Activists Rally Against Israel

December 5, 2014

With the support of several UMC agencies, Mike Slaughter’s Ginghamsburg Church hosts conference with radical anti-Israel agenda.

A panel discussion at the conference.  From L-R: Rev. Bruce Robbins (one of the event organizers), GBPHB General Secretary Barbara Boigegrain, Rev. Susan Henry Crowe of the GBCS, and GBGM chief Thomas Kemper (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

United Methodist Conference Promotes Anti-Israel Divestment, “Boycotting All Things Israeli”

December 3, 2014

A recent pro-Palestinian rally supported by several United Methodist agencies promoted an agenda of divestment and “boycotting all things Israeli.”

Senator Ted Cruz speaking at the White House rally for imprisoned Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Fuller for IRD)

Unity with the Persecuted

September 22, 2014

“Speak up for your brothers & sisters. Repent of silence. Rejoice to be in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Metaxas spoke of unity not because of nationality or politics – but because the Church must speak with one voice against evil.

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IRD to Sponsor “People of the Land” Conference Examining Christians and Israel

September 18, 2014

Polls show that U.S. Evangelicals remain strongly pro-Israel. But an increasing number in parachurch groups, Evangelical schools and missions groups are endorsing pro-Palestinian political activism.

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Resisting Occupation?

September 10, 2014

Last week an impressive new monument was dedicated near my home on the site of a freed slave cemetery. About 1700 escaped slaves, or contrabands, were buried there during the Civil War and just…

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Irrefutable: Israel’s Case for Legitimacy

August 29, 2014

Amidst all struggles, Israel reborn as a modern, thriving Jewish state “is undeniably a miracle of God…”

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Israel: As Seen Through the Eyes of an American Millennial

August 26, 2014

Zionist” is not a term I would use to describe myself. But as I found myself huddled and shaking in a bomb shelter along the Israel/Gaza Strip border as missiles fired overhead, my perspective started to change.