Some Evangelical activists are preparing a provocatively titled conference ostensibly gathering about “empowering the Palestinian church.”
National Religious Broadcasters meet in Nashville: Over 3,700 Evangelicals gathered over the last several days in Nashville for the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) annual convo amid emerging threats in America to religious liberty and public expression of orthodox Christianity.
Did you know Woody Allen once interviewed Billy Graham about pre-marital sex? A recording of the interview is prominently featured at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. The library, which I visited this week, opened in 2007 amid much justified hoopla, with Presidents Bush I, Carter, and Clinton attending.
Regent University in Virginia Beach every year hosts a Ronald Reagan Symposium around Reagan’s February 6 birthday to examine his legacy. This year’s featured speakers like Calvin Coolidge biographer Amity Shlaes, Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation, Joe Loconte of Kings College, and Margaret Thatcher biographer Claire Berlinski, among others. There was a film presentation of Reagan’s famous 1964 speech, “A Time for Choosing,” which was Reagan’s national political debut. It persuaded my father at the last minute to cast his first presidential ballot for Barry Goldwater, to the vast disappointment of my mother, an avid Lyndon Johnson fan.
There was a remarkable piece titled “What We Wrought” recently in America, a Jesuit publication, by a Catholic pacifist long active against the U.S. led overthrow of Saddam Hussein. It is remarkable primarily because even as it bewails how the U.S. “destroyed” Iraq, it omits all mention of Saddam and his own central role in Iraq’s destruction.
A new study guide for congregations released by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that describes Zionism as inherently discriminatory toward non-Jews is stirring up fears in America’s largest Presbyterian denomination.
It seems almost impossible that left wing folk singer Pete Seeger was still alive, dying this week, merely age 94. He was old enough to have actively campaigned with Henry Wallace in his notorious third party 1948 presidential campaign, with the former Vice President condemning President Truman’s resistance to Soviet aggression. Even more remarkably, he was old enough in 1939 to have sung in favor of the Hitler-Stalin Pact, which divided Poland and began World War II.