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IRD: Thanksgiving “the supreme season for gratitude for God’s blessing”

November 25, 2014

“For all of our problems, there is much for which Americans of all faiths can be extremely grateful,” says IRD’s Mark Tooley.

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Liberal Church Groups React to Ferguson Grand Jury

November 25, 2014

Two liberal church groups responded immediately to the Ferguson grand jury verdict.

Sign located near the border between California and Tijuana along the Via de San Ysidro warning motorists of families potentially fleeing from border crossing checkpoints. (Photo credit:  Zilia Castrillon/Flickr)

Christian Response to Executive Amnesty?

November 19, 2014

“Church bodies in the U.S. addressing immigration would do well to avoid legislative specifics and instead offer broad principles that affirm rule of law, social order, security, human dignity, and economic opportunity for all Americans,” says IRD President Mark Tooley.

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Exit Polls: Conservative Christians Showed Up to Vote

November 7, 2014

Conservative religious voters made up as big a percentage of the electorate as ever in the midterm election according to exit polls.

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Defrocking Methodist Clergy & Orthodoxy’s Unending Challenge

October 27, 2014

Defrocked United Methodist minister Frank Schaefer, who defied church law against same sex rites, has been reinstated by a church court on a technicality.

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Decadence Sometimes Recedes

October 26, 2014

Conservatives, especially Christian ones, commonly assume civilization is in a chronic irreversible spiral. But evil doesn’t advance inexorably nor does virtue always retreat. All societies everywhere combine decadence with spiritual vitality. Here’s a provocative…

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Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori & Martyrdom

October 21, 2014

Katharine Jefferts Schori, the controversial top bishop who’s presided over her denomination’s schism and accelerated decline, almost gave a good sermon last week.

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton, where he lectures on constitutional interpretation, civil liberties and philosophy of law.

Robert P. George to Speak on Religious Liberty at Annual IRD Lecture

October 14, 2014

Distinguished Catholic philosopher Robert P. George of Princeton University will deliver the Institute on Religion & Democracy’s annual Diane Knippers Lecture on defending marriage, life and religious liberty.

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DC Lobby Attacks UMC “Heterosexism,” Disrespects Global Church

September 26, 2014

At their fall 2014 board meeting, held last week, the board of directors of the United Methodist Church’s D.C. lobby office, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) directors decided to petition the…

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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.

Christians from Mosul took refuge in this Iraqi town before ISIS attacked, forcing them to flee again. (Photo credit:  Allen Kakony for Aletia)

Is ISIS Prompting Reappraisal of Pacifism and Just War?

August 21, 2014

ISIS invasion of Iraq and subsequent horrors, for which Iraq’s dwindling Christian minority is a chief victim, has reanimated talk about Christian Just War teaching.

U.S. Congressman Frank R. Wolf (R-VA) (photo: Washington Free Beacon)

IRD Thanks Rep. Wolf Spotlighting Iraqi Christians’ Plight

August 6, 2014

Over the past two weeks, U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) has given a series of speeches on the House floor detailing atrocities committed against religious minorities in northern Iraq and insisting that the U.S. Congress and Administration respond.