Category Archives: Bias & Discrimination

Malice Toward None

Lincoln's Last Night NGCUS -  Ep Code 4578One hundred and fifty years ago this week, Abraham Lincoln delivered his Second Inaugural Address. The address, at its core, is a discourse on slavery, war, and God’s justice. The speech, in its entirety, is inscribed in the walls of the Lincoln Memorial. Lincoln was killed a month after delivering it. The original is presently on display at the Library of Congress.

Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln, March 5, 1865.

DeBlasio Flips on Church Use of Schools

New York City Mayoral Candidates Attend Political ForumNew York Mayor Bill DeBlasio once opposed Michael Bloomberg’s effort to bar churches from using public schools for worship. Now, in office, he has changed his stance.

Then: “Mayor deBlasio stands with religious groups that worship in public schools,” by Corinne Lestch. Daily News,  April 8, 2014.

Now: “DeBlasio asks high court to uphold ban on churches in schools,” by Emily Belz. World, January 15, 2015.

Houston Mayor Backs Down on Sermon Subpoenas

antireligionHouston mayor Annise Parker has backed down on her subpoenas for sermons related to homosexuality. Many, however, see the episode as a harbinger of things to come.

“Houston Mayor Tries to Calm Uproar Over Transgender Ordinance,” by Nathan Koppel and Tamara Audi. The Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2014. [PAY WALL]

‘Good Friday’ for American Christianity

Robert GeorgePrinceton Professor Robbie George says it is “Good Friday” for American Christianity.  Unlike before, there is now a cost associated with our faith.  Will we, like John and Mary, stick with Christ all the way to the Cross, or will we, like Peter, insist that we don’t know the man?  As cultural elites grow increasingly intolerant of all traditional religious and cultural views, George suggests we borrow from the countercultural movements of the ’50s and ’60s in crafting a strategy for pushing back.

“Princeton Professor: Cultural Elite Can No Longer Tolerate Christians.” Sunday Leaders with Ginni Thomas. Daily Caller, September 28, 2014. [Scroll down for part two.]

See also: “The Conservative-Christian Big Thinker,” by David D. Kirkpatrick. The New York Times, December 16, 2009.

Are We Being Persecuted?

Anti-ChristianKevin DeYoung, senior pastor at University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, writes about how we should define “Christian persecution,” and whether or not it applies to American evangelicals.

“Are Christians in America Persecuted?” by Kevin DeYoung. The Gospel Coalition, April 15, 2014.

Ginsburg, Eugenics, and Punk Rock

deadKennedys3National Review columnist Kevin Williamson sees a parallel between Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s (actual) support for aborting the children of poor parents and the lyrics of ’70s punk band The Dead Kennedy’s (satirical) song “Kill the Poor.”

“We Only Whisper It:” Justice Ginsburg Sings Another Verse of “Kill the Poor,” by Kevin D. Williamson. National Review Online, September 24, 2014.

A Suicide to Protest Racism

CharlesMooreIn his suicide note, 79-year-old Rev. Charles Moore of Texas wrote, “Many African Americans were lynched around here…hanged, decapitated, and burned, some while still alive. The vision of them haunts me greatly. So, at this late date, I have decided to join them by giving my body to be burned, with love in my heart not only for them but also for the perpetrators of such horror–but especially for the citizens of Grand Saline, many of whom have been very kind to me and others who may be moved to change the situation here.”

The Suicide Note of Charles Moore, June 13, 2014.

“In dying act, minister hoped to inspire social justice,” by Melissa Repko. Dallas Morning News, July 14, 2014.

A Win for Freedom

RNS-ANDERSON-PROFILERyan Anderson reviews the importance of the Hobby Lobby ruling for the future of religious freedom in America.

“Supreme Court to Obama: You Don’t Have to Agree with Religious beliefs to Respect the Liberty of the People Who Hold Them…and the Groups They Form,” by Ryan T. Anderson. Public Discourse (Witherspoon Institute blog), July 1, 2014.

(House Reading Group, July 8, 2014.)

Dumb Dads on TV

HomerSimpsonWith Fathers’ Day just past, we are reminded once again that media portrayals of fathers are almost universally negative. Bill Cosby and Ward Cleaver appear to have been permanently replaced by Homer Simpson, Adam Sandler (“Big Daddy”), and Ray Romano. In real life, however, fathers are incredibly important. But how much does life imitate art?

“Real Dads vs. ‘Dumb’ Dads,” by Meg Meeker. Daveramssey.com.

Al Mohler Responds to Matthew Vines

MohlerMatthew Vines argues in God and the Gay Christian that the traditional Christian view of homosexuality is based on a misreading of Scripture.  Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, responds with a defense based on the plain text of the Bible.

“God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge—A Response to Matthew Vines,” by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. AlbertMohler.com, April 22, 2014.