The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation held a webinar on religious liberty rights to mark the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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This week’s Issue Update goes a long way toward dispelling the pernicious myth that if parents and society don’t validate transgenderism and pass laws supporting “gendering affirming care” we will all be guilty of causing a “trans” person to commit suicide. Here is what the research actually says.
Having outlined a number of ways to explain and validate the Church’s posture of political neutrality, it is time to notice the massive exception that accompanies the neutrality statement, an exception that might well prove to be more important than the rule.
Especially when politics is increasingly divisive, confusing and unpleasant, it is comforting to remember that the world is ultimately in God’s hands and that it is not up to us to decide the final outcome. The problem is that if we follow that logic, then we might fail to take responsibility for many things that still depend upon us and upon how we exercise our agency.
President Joe Biden, who initially declared his “rock-solid and unwavering” support for Israel, called for a “pause” in the Jewish state’s ground assault in Gaza on Wednesday amid criticism of Israeli airstrikes. Yet, a senior member of Hamas’ Politburo showed exactly why Israel must root out the genocidal terrorist group after the horrific pogrom of Oct. 7, which killed more than 1,400 Israelis.
There is something surreal, even sick about the current Israel-Hamas war. Throughout European and American cities and campuses, tens of thousands of Middle East immigrants and students, and radical leftists chant nonstop, “Free Palestine from the River to the Sea.” More recently, they are also yelling, “Israel, you can’t hide, we caught you in genocide.” Consider the hypocrisy of that dual messaging.
It’s no secret that monogamy, marriage, family, and really anything else successfully done in the past thousand years (and more) is no longer “trendy.” Marriage is viewed as archaic, barbaric, and not really that fantastic. So why do so many continue to marry and over 70 percent of those first marriages remain intact?