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Anti-Israel Zealots Chastise Episcopal Church

January 25, 2013

By Mark Tooley Prominent, radically anti-Israel Episcopalians are urging their denomination to adopt a more aggressive stance towards Israel, including divestment. The Episcopal Church largely has stood back from some of the more stridently…


Uniting for Life

January 25, 2013

Today, Thursday, January 24, I had the pleasure of attending Americans United for Life’s (AUL) symposium on the 40th anniversary of the “Roe versus Wade” U.S. Supreme Court decision constitutionalizing abortion on demand.  The…


Inaugural Prayer Controversies

January 22, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) American civil religion is always exemplified in presidential inaugurals. Typically the selection of clergy for inaugural prayers has not been controversial. But amid culture war of recent years and secularization…


Religious Prohibition for Guns

January 17, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) In a testimony to America’s ongoing religiosity, virtually every public debate has religious voices arrayed on both sides. But typically religious voices of the left are more intensely focused on…


Q & A with IRD President Mark Tooley

January 14, 2013

By Liz Essley (@lizessley) Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) spent eight years as a CIA analyst before joining the Institute on Religion and Democracy, where he is now president. A native Arlingtonian, he has spent much of…


Evangelical Pastor Out at Presidential Inauguration

January 10, 2013

Contact:  Jeff Walton 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell “Are all orthodox clergy now to be banished from civic life if they openly affirm their faith’s teachings about marriage and sexual ethics?” -Mark Tooley, IRD President Washington, DC—An Evangelical pastor…


The Epiphany of Our Lord, A Sermon by Mark Tooley

January 7, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) Matthew 2:1-12 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who…


Religion Predictions for 2013

January 7, 2013

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) America remains overwhelmingly religious in a world that is largely growing more religious, with fast growing Christianity increasingly competing for souls with Islam globally, especially in Africa but also Asia….


Happy New Year from IRD!

December 31, 2012

It’s been a great year for IRD, thanks to the prayers and support of many, by God’s grace. Here’s my wrap up in American Spectator today of 2012 religion news highlights, many of which…


Cathedral Crusade for Gun Control

December 31, 2012

By Mark Tooley Barely a few hours after the horrendous December 14 Newtown, Connecticut murders, the National Cathedral (Episcopal) in Washington, D.C. quickly publicized a news release pledging to “work with our national leaders…


Religion Highlights of 2012

December 31, 2012

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) Secular elites like to insist that America and by implication the world is growing ever more secular. The evidence is doubtful at best. In 2012 a much trumpeted Pew study showed a…


Thankful for Christmas Commercialization

December 24, 2012

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) Complaints about Christmas commercialization get tiresome. Barrett Duke of the Southern Baptist D.C. office responds in a recent column with a robust defense of America’s holiday, for all its faults….