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.



Arlene's Flowers

Historical Precedent for Conscientious Objection to Same-Sex Ceremonies

July 18, 2015

America in fact has a “long history of providing accommodations to neutral, generally applicable laws.” Simply rehearsing the examples [of religious accommodation] would “overwhelm” any listener with the evidence of America’s historic respect for liberty of conscience by writing conscience protections into law.

Thomas Farr

Thomas Farr Defends Religious Freedom in a Deteriorating Domestic and International Situation

July 9, 2015

The core doctrine of religious freedom is basic to American democracy and supported by the Catholic Church … religious freedom is a good way for society to prosper. There is stability in any society, independent of state power or the stability of the state, which is promoted by belief in God.

Robert George

Robert George Discusses Same-Sex Marriage and Its Social Consequences

June 26, 2015

The end result, Professor George said, is that true equality among citizens and religious freedom is undermined. The concept of dignity, used by the Supreme Court in its decisions advancing homosexual practice and homosexual marriage, will be used to overcome claims of religious liberty and conscience.

The Bible, the Constitution, and American History

Dignity, the Constitution, and the Bible

June 19, 2015

The morality of personal autonomy the Supreme Court mandates is inimical to the Biblical morality of sin and salvation. Christian subculture itself, established to enable Christians to obey God in the world and provide a refuge from secularization, will be attacked as contrary to the public good.

Burger Court (1972-1975)

Revolution by Judicial Fiat

May 27, 2015

The reason the sexual revolution prevailed is that it was imposed on the nation by the Supreme Court … [but] our non-negotiable commitment is to obey God… the imposition of a sexual ethic hostile to the Biblical revelation gives believers the possibility of displaying the truth about marriage, sexuality, and the family.

Photo credit: 8gramgorilla.com

Liberty of Conscience: Keep on Walking, Keep on Talking

May 6, 2015

Faithful Christians need to beware least they be drawn into believing that the results of legal and social battles are binding on what they will or will not do … This means that one cannot take action against conscience even if there is never a legal accommodation of conscience … faithfulness to Christ demands that we take this route, and never be disobedient to God.

Winding Road

Ryan Anderson and Edward Whelan Discuss Where Religious Liberty Goes from Here

April 17, 2015

Anderson and Whelan outlined a very tenuous future for religious liberty, in which great attention and skill will be needed to substantially preserve the religious liberty Americans have historically known.

Photo Credit: seeker-lotswife.blogspot.com

Materialism and the Devaluing of Life – Part 2

April 11, 2015

While eugenics is associated with Nazi Germany, it was in large measure an early twentieth century Anglo-American project … People “don’t want to hear that they are sinful human beings, and unfortunately, that’s what history teaches us.”

Photo Credit: www.christian.org.uk

Materialism and the Devaluing of Life – Part 1

April 10, 2015

Materialism focuses attention on material security and quality of life in this world, yet the continued consistent application of the ideal of a high quality of life finally results in a devaluing and loss of life.

Photo Credit: maxresdefault.jpg

What Should Politicians Say about Evolution?

March 21, 2015

One can effectively make the point that in the contemporary arguments among conventional, non-creationist scientists, the purposeless, unguided mechanism proposed by Neo-Darwinism not a settled issue, but is seriously questioned in peer discussion.

Photo Credit: thepharmacysage.com

Redefining Health to Achieve Secularist Utopia – Part 2

March 17, 2015

Secularists are not content to demand that they live their lives free of traditional morality, but insist that their own vision of a re-engineered humanity be imposed on society at large, and in particular, on religious medical professionals who disagree with them.

Photo Credit: www.batr.com

Redefining Health to Achieve Secularist Utopia – Part 1

March 13, 2015

The shift in emphasis from medical care (curing illness) to health care (maintaining good health) conceals a more profound confrontation, that between a traditional valuing of human life in Christianity, and the secularist attempt to re-engineer human nature by redefining the meaning of health to make it a secularist understanding of the good life.