Choice?

Christina links to a small town newspaper op-ed which asserts, “Replacing public education with private schools would allow parents a choice.” Choice? Parents have a choice. They can choose to send their schools to taxpayer-funded public schools, or they can choose to send them to any of a number of private school options, secular and…

The Baptist Heritage of Religious Liberty

We have the Baptists to thank for religious liberty in this country. Yesterday, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, representing fourteen Baptist denominations, held a Baptist Unity Rally for Religious Liberty at the U.S. Capitol. They remembered a 1920 address on that location by Baptist pastor George W. Truett, by having various public officials…

Inclusive Prayers

Orthodox priest, Fr. John Parker, writes at Touchstone about prayers in public settings that are expected to be “inclusive.” I’ve always had misgivings about praying in such settings. I have done them, and prayed “with sensitivity,” but I think the best approach for me is just to decline invitations if there is any expectation, spoken…

Cognitive Dissonance

The Catholic Church has for centuries been seeking to influence the affairs of state in one way or another. It has excommunicated kings and emperors when they would not do its bidding (e.g., Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV, King of England Henry VIII). Cardinals like Wolsey and Richelieu were advisers to kings. In the 17th…