Rick Plasterer

Rick Plasterer

Rick Plasterer is a staff writer for IRD concerned particularly with domestic religious liberty. He attended Eastern Mennonite College (now University) receiving a B.A. degree in history and sociology, and an M.S. in library science from Drexel University.



James Madison

Don’t Back Away from Religious Freedom

May 25, 2016

We must reject antidiscrimination rhetoric used against religious freedom; conscience should be protected, not judged. Not only is obedience to God the first consideration in life for Christians, but the priority of obeying God was clearly recognized by James Madison, author of the First Amendment, in declaring that our allegiance to God precedes our duty to civil society.

John Inazu

Assessing Christian Engagement in an Increasingly Hostile Society

May 6, 2016

“It’s not just about sex anymore. It’s a controversy about transcendence, individualism, autonomy, and technology” … To be more successful, religious liberty efforts need to be made with many groups, with sensitivity to their outlook.

Christian Educational Integration

Christian Educational Institutions’ Looming Choice between God and the State – Part 2

April 28, 2016

Christian educational institutions are services to God. They must conduct themselves according to Christian standards … They cease to be Christian if they compromise with sin, because they are to maintain separation from sin (2 Cor. 16:17). If a Christian ministry is required to sin, it should move or close its doors, as it cannot serve God in a compromised condition.

The main entrance to Colorado Christian University is pictured on Thursday, July 24, 2008.  A federal appeals court ruled late Wednesday that Colorado Christian University can participate in a state aid program. It is the latest in a string of legal decisions nationwide from courts that are increasingly sympathetic to religious schools arguing they're entitled to public dollars. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Christian Educational Institutions’ Looming Choice between God and the State – Part 1

April 23, 2016

No longer is it a question of whether society may make sexual transgression criminal, but whether citizens of free societies may decline to contribute to such behavior, or enforce traditional sexual standards in private organizations.

Religious Social Service

Why the Little Sisters Should Prevail – Part 2

April 7, 2016

Without liberal/left ideology, most people could easily see that people should not be required to pay for other people’s choices that they believe are immoral, or contribute to behavior believed immoral. This must be offered as the final argument for religious conscientious objection to a society which professes pluralism, and a state which professes neutrality.

Religious Social Service

Why the Little Sisters Should Prevail – Part 1

April 4, 2016

Religious educational and social services are not primarily educational and social services, but exercises of religion, teaching, broadcasting, publishing, or healing as religious acts, or as Christians would say, in obedience to Christ. They cannot be simultaneously irreligious in disobeying the commands of their faith (or again, as Christians would say, the commands of God).

Creation Ordinance of Marriage

How Should Christians Respond to the Sexual Reality Imposed by the Supreme Court?

March 29, 2016

Although the case for gender ideology and same-sex marriage stems from a secularist denial of human nature, common sense supports both Biblical revelation and the traditional morality of chastity and opposite sex marriage.

Gender Ideology

Gender Ideology as a Consequence of Secularism

March 28, 2016

The Christian worldview has its adversary in secularism, and the sexual consequences of that worldview has both severe legal implications and requires a difficult response for anyone being faithful to Christ.

Religious Freedom in the Public Square

Free Exercise as Full Religious Life and Participation in America

March 16, 2016

We must be more than defensive. Social conservatives are advancing moral truths which are universal, and thus are good for all of society … A vision of the good life must be an understanding a person’s of obligation to God and man, not merely state regulation for the purpose of individual gratification.

Georgia State Capitol

Georgia’s Religious Freedom Bills: Christian Duty and American Ideals

March 12, 2016

The attack on religious freedom by professing Christians demonstrates their fundamental departure from both Biblical Christianity and American ideals.

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Irrationality in What Matters Most

March 5, 2016

The rationalist doctrine of moral autonomy, which at least presents itself as protecting human dignity and a rational encounter between human beings, ends in destroying both.


Marcionism as a State Doctrine

February 27, 2016

It may be that taking the narrow gate to life will mean that faithful Christians in the West will become an underclass … But the Word of God is clear that in any conflict between divine and human authority, we must obey God rather than men.