Faith, Culture and Religious Freedom in America

by (@RickPlasterer) October 16, 2013

Christians must continue to engage in reasoned argument with an increasingly hostile post-Christian culture that is attacking the freedoms they have historically enjoyed in order to continue to have legal protection for religious freedom.

It Can Happen Here

by (@TheIRD) September 30, 2013

First Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing religious freedom or no First Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing religious freedom, it’s happening everywhere: claims of gay rights are hollowing out our religious liberty.

Canberra Declaration Celebrates Three Years

by (@BrianKenMiller) July 26, 2013

July 23rd of this past week marked the three-year anniversary of the Canberra Declaration: A Call to Christian Conscience. Modeled after its American and British counterparts, the Manhattan and Westminster Declarations, the Canberra Declaration affirms Christian commitment to Life, Marriage, and Religious Freedom.

The Georges Two Honor Colson’s Legacy

by (@bjgingerich) May 16, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) Tennessee-based Union University and the Witherspoon Institute hosted a May 2-4 conference entitled “Salt and Light in the Public Square: Charles Colson’s Legacy and Vision.” Union, a Southern Baptist college, chose to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Colson’s passing with a powerful line-up of thoughtful Christian speakers that addressed important issues […]

IRD Event: Engaging Young Evangelicals and the ‘Culture Wars’

by (@TheIRD) March 29, 2013

PRESS RELEASE Engaging Young Evangelicals: Have We Lost the ‘Culture Wars?’    “Evangelical Millennials affirm traditional marriage against popular culture claims this fight is over because ‘history’ always favors the secular Left.” -Kristin Rudolph, IRD Evangelical Program Coordinator Washington, DC—This week young staffers from the Institute on Religion & Democracy joined in the “March for […]

Life, Marriage, Religious Freedom and the Next Four Years

by (@TheIRD) January 29, 2013

By Jim Tonkowich The 57th inauguration of an American president occurred this year on Monday, January 21. It was Martin Luther King Day and the eve of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision unleashing an unlimited right to abortion in the United States. In his inaugural address, Mr. Obama referenced the […]

Sojourners Discusses Young Evangelicals and Voting

by (@TheIRD) October 19, 2012

Young evangelicals will be going to the polls in just a few weeks. (Photo credit: Juicy Ecumenism) By Bart Gingerich On October 16th, the progressive evangelical group Sojourners hosted a discussion panel on young evangelicals and the 2012 election. The conversation was based on recent study by Sojo that analyzed the political priorities and attitudes of evangelical Christians under […]

The Manhattan Declaration Crosses the River in Defense of Religious Freedom

by (@markdtooley) September 21, 2012

The Manhattan Declaration hosted a successful briefing and rally this afternoon “across the river” at St John’s University in Queens, New York. Founded by the late evangelical prison ministry leader Chuck Colson, Catholic ethicist Robert George of Princeton University (also an IRD emeritus board member) and Baptist theologian Timothy George, the Declaration champions religious freedom, […]

Defend Religious Freedom But Why Now?

by (@RickPlasterer) April 6, 2012

Robert P. George has established a philosophical justification for religious freedom. (Photo credit: Princeton University)   On Thursday, March 1, eminent scholars and religious freedom advocates met at Georgetown University in an event sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs to discuss growing challenges to religious freedom in the contemporary world. […]

Recovering the Lost Meaning of Marriage

by (@TheIRD) October 26, 2011

Jim Tonkowich October 26, 2011 The following article appeared on the Crosswalk website and was reposted with permission. Gene Simmons, lead singer of the rock group KISS, recently married former Playboy model Shannon Tweed. It was billed as “the rock-and-roll wedding of the year” and the climax of the couple’s reality television show, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.” (Wedding merchandise […]