Anti-Israel Zealots Chastise Episcopal Church

by (@TheIRD) 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 negative policies towards Israel adopted by other old-line Protestant denominations.  It has avoided serious consideration of anti-Israel divestment.  And its officials […]

Uniting for Life

by (@markdtooley) 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 event, obviously, commemorates a grisly turning point in American history.  But AUL has waved the flag in defense of innocent life […]

Inaugural Prayer Controversies

by (@TheIRD) 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 of America’s elites, plus the implosion of once predominant Mainline Protestantism in favor of evangelicals, inaugurations have more recently showcased the […]

Religious Prohibition for Guns

by (@TheIRD) 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 detailed politics because of their greater faith in perfecting society through politics. Gun control debates since the horrific Newtown murders exemplify […]

Q & A with IRD President Mark Tooley

by (@TheIRD) 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 his life trying to renew the United Methodist Church and point it toward historic Christian beliefs. What does your organization do? […]

Evangelical Pastor Out at Presidential Inauguration

by (@TheIRD) 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 tapped earlier this week to give the benediction at the presidential inauguration is withdrawing after criticism of a sermon he gave […]

The Epiphany of Our Lord, A Sermon by Mark Tooley

by (@TheIRD) 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 has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him […]

Religion Predictions for 2013

by (@TheIRD) 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. Religion will be a top news maker in 2013 no less than in 2012. Here are some projections of likely stories […]

Happy New Year from IRD!

by (@TheIRD) 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 directly involved IRD. We’re especially grateful for The United Methodist Church affirming biblical beliefs at its 2012 General Conference, avoiding the […]

Cathedral Crusade for Gun Control

by (@TheIRD) 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 to enact more effective gun control measures.” Then the cathedral announced its relatively new dean, Gary Hall, would sermonize on gun control […]