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May the Pope Challenge Obama’s ‘Freedom of Worship’ Talk for the Sad, Watered Down Thing That It Is

September 27, 2015

All around us we see the attempt to privatize religion, to make it an entirely interior matter in order to reduce it to quiet obscurity.


Georgetown Poverty Summit’s Impoverished Solutions

May 15, 2015

Georgetown University hosts a panel discussion on poverty heavy with platitudes and finger-pointing but absent of any constructive practical policy discussion on the differences between the Left and Right’s approach to reducing poverty.


Liberal Evangelicalism in New York City

May 6, 2015

A new book tells the story of New York City’s complicated history of religious transformation among Evangelicalism.

Obama Gun Control to Unveil

The Gospel at the Gates of Hell

July 14, 2014

One of the reasons governments feel free to deny their citizens religious freedom has to do with the Obama administration’s apparent lack of interest.


Georgetown University’s One-Way Street of Christian-Muslim Understanding

December 4, 2013

The “more strongly you are committed to your faith,” emerging church leader Brian McLaren stated at Georgetown University on November 21, 2013, the “more tolerant and compassionate you are.” McLaren’s equivalency among all faiths fit perfectly into the conference “Muslim-Christian Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities,” a day-long, one-sided presentation of Islam as a pacific faith unjustly maligned by Christians and others.

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“An omen over Catholic Colleges: cognitive dissonance and the tyranny of sentimentality”

August 6, 2013

Kyle Spencer of the New York Times has done a remarkable service for American Catholic higher education. In a recent celebratory feature on homosexuality at Catholic universities—most notably Georgetown—Spencer gives a largely sympathetic inside look at a growing trend that has largely passed unnoticed. Spencer’s is no investigative expose; it is the boast proper to a victor.

The Case Against Georgetown

June 1, 2013

(Photo Credit: Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post) By Marjorie Jeffrey (@MarjorieJeffrey) In the spring of 2012, a series of questionable events at Georgetown University culminated with the University’s decision to invite Kathleen Sebelius, architect of…

Christianity and Freedom in the Contemporary Middle East

December 27, 2012

By Rick Plasterer Tenuous religious freedom for Christians in the Middle East is now complicated by enormous social unrest, panelists seemed to agree at an afternoon session of the inaugural symposium on Christianity and…

Religious Freedom as a Christian Doctrine

December 20, 2012

By Rick Plasterer That traditional Christian doctrine and morality curtails freedom has been a common theme in the ongoing controversy concerning religion and society in the western world. This is being challenged by a…

Inaugural Symposium: Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

December 6, 2012

(Photo credit: Wikimedia) Join IRD board member Dr. Tom Farr on Friday, December 14 in an engaging discussion about historical perspectives on Christianity and freedom. The event starts at 2:30 pm in Georgetown University’s…

Farr: Religious Freedom Is a National Security Issue

November 19, 2012

The protection of religious freedom worldwide is so essential to democracy and prosperity that it should be considered an issue of “national security” to the U.S. government, says a former diplomat. “Religious freedom is…

Contemporary Understandings of Religious Freedom in the West

October 22, 2012

  By Rick Plasterer American religious freedom tends to be understood as protecting the integrity of religions, whereas Europeans see religious freedom as balanced by the state against other interests. This appeared to be…