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Category: Politics

Kelvin-Cochran

Atlanta’s Kelvin Cochran may be a firefighter, but he’s not fireproof, as the latest controversy shows. Despite a long and distinguished career (including a stint as the U.S. Fire Administrator), Chief Cochran is at the center of an explosive debate over free speech on the job after the city suspended him for allegedly handing out…

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atheist

American faith has gone through many awakenings. Depending on how you count, there have been three or four distinctive surges of Protestant religiosity in the United States, marked by tent revivals, missionary work, widespread conversions, and, often, intense rhetoric about the consequences of sin. These “Great Awakenings” have been memorialized through texts like “Sinners in…

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voting

National exit polling from Congressional races tells us some interesting things about the role of religious values in the 2014 midterm elections. It also sends a signal to the Republican Party about its supporters now and in the future. The most obvious piece of information about religious voters is that a majority of them voted…

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abortion

Two pro-life research groups announced Thursday on Capitol Hill that they’ve launched a new website designed to help healthcare consumers figure out which Obamacare plans include surcharges that will go directly toward funding abortions. Troubled by the federal and state health exchanges’ “lack of transparency” when it comes to which Obamacare plans require paying for…

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mbc

Myron Guiler wept. I held the telephone receiver in my hand and listened as the Ohio pastor became overwhelmed with emotion. “It’s heartbreaking,” he said. “I can’t stand to see these 120 children go. It’s my heart. I’ve poured my life into it.” Guiler is the president of Marietta Bible College, a small unaccredited school…

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wwi

In The Great and Holy War, Philip Jenkins helps us to see a familiar topic from a different angle.  He explores the role of religion, public and personal, during the years of World War I.  What emerge from his study are new insights into the way religious consciousness changed during the twentieth century and how…

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vote

The Republican Party has successfully gained the necessary number of wins to take control of the US Senate from Democrats, giving them majorities in both houses of Congress. With results pouring in Tuesday evening, the Republicans are poised to gain a least the net-six needed to gain control of the Senate. According to the New…

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wildmon

The president of the American Family Association is urging religious groups in California to fight back against a state mandate forcing them to cover elective abortions in their insurance plans. California’s Department of Managed Health Care has established new regulations that require all insurance plans in the state – even those provided by churches for…

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Secularism

In case you didn’t know it, if you are a conservative Christian, you are just like Boko Haram and ISIS. At least, that’s what the secularists are saying. More absurd still, they actually believe this. Of course, secularism has been waging war against religion for centuries, but more recently, in America and Europe, the rhetoric…

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fowle

An American citizen who was detained in North Korea for nearly six months for allegedly leaving a Bible in a night club has been reunited with his family in Ohio. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was awaiting trial on charges of committing an anti-state crime before North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered his release, the New…

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Putin

The world has indeed been turned upside down. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, a career apparatchik in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and a loyal agent of the Soviet secret police, the KGB (and head of its successor, the FSB), now not only proclaims himself to be a Christian, but has donned the mantle of…

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system

With many Democrats ramping up their campaigns, touting ‘climate change’ as a centerpiece in their election bids, one declaration from the Heartland Institute couldn’t have come at a worse time. According to the think tank out of Chicago, Illinois, the environmentalist alarmism — sending many Americans into frenzies to buy Green and fund multi-billion-dollar environmental…

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Sermon

The city of Houston has managed to unite Baptists divided on other issues to speak with one voice on an application of their shared belief in religious freedom — that the government should not subpoena sermons. Baptists on both sides of a divide from the days of the conservative resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention…

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Ted-Cruz

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz held a quickly arranged press conference, 11:15 this morning, in Houston’s First Baptist Church located in North Houston. Cruz, who attends First Baptist, addressed dozens of pastors, various politicians and the local media, along with some interested community members, regarding the city’s recent subpoena requiring a number of local pastors to…

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faith-and-vote

On Sunday, pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in California stood before his congregation of more than 2,000 and told them he would be making an unusual announcement. The pastor proceeded to warn his audience against voting for a candidate in the upcoming midterm elections who supports gay marriage and abortion, even if that candidate,…

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