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Faith, Culture and Religious Freedom in America

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.

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It Can Happen Here

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.

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Canberra Declaration Celebrates Three Years

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

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,…


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

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,…


Life, Marriage, Religious Freedom and the Next Four Years

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…


Sojourners Discusses Young Evangelicals and Voting

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 Manhattan Declaration Crosses the River in Defense of Religious Freedom

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…


Defend Religious Freedom But Why Now?

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…


Recovering the Lost Meaning of Marriage

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…


Remember Norman Lear’s radical People for the American Way?

February 22, 2010

The following originally appeared as an IRD Weekly E-Newsletter. If you would like to receive future mailings, register as an IRD User today. Find additional newsletters in the IRD E-Newsletter Archive.   Remember TV producer Norman Lear, who introduced then-controversial 1970’s…


Poison for the American Way

February 18, 2010

The following article originally appeared on the American Spectator website, and is reproduced with permission.   The Manhattan Declaration‘s defense of marriage and sanctity of life was released by about 150 Christian leaders in…