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.




No Greater Harm

October 9, 2015

It is believers in traditional sexual morality, not those who disagree with them, who are being imposed on when they are required to take action in violation of their consciences … There is no greater harm than being required to act against one’s conscience, because it is action against what one believes to be ultimately right and wrong.

Weight of Glory

Living as Christians in the Twenty-First Century World

September 19, 2015

The glory of God, the reality of the supernatural, came into the world in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Christians have received Jesus in their hearts, and this continuing presence ensures that we will not succumb to the seemingly irresistible force of secularization. By being united to Christ, who is one with God the Father, we can be, as we are called to be, in the world, but not of the world.

Engaging on Marriage

Engaging the World after the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

September 13, 2015

The moral duty to defend and advance the truth has not changed, nor can we expect that efforts to advance the truth about sex and marriage will be fruitless in persuading people, and perhaps ultimately successful with society at large and the law.

Synod on the Family

Prospects and Perils for the Synod on the Family

August 28, 2015

A church which is liberalized in its response to the world will not advance or defend the Christian virtue of holiness, a key point of conflict between traditional Christianity and liberalism; really the key doctrine of God which is in dispute. It is also the key doctrine involved in the conflict in the western world over religious liberty.

St. Patrick's Cathedral New York City

Christian Integrity in a Hostile Culture

August 7, 2015

Our real consideration is absolute: obedience to God. We may not ever sin, or compromise with sin, nor participate in or support seriously compromised Christian organizations.

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.

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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.