Category Archives: Culture

Loaded Language on “Marriage” Heads to the Supreme Court

During Pope Francis’ Encounter with Families in the Philippines this week, the Holy Father commented on particular threats to the good of the family, saying, “The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a [...]

The Pope, Freedom of Speech, and the Constitution

Last week Pope Francis encountered some criticism for suggesting that there are limits to freedom of speech.  His comments were made in the wake of the attack in France on the magazine Charlie Hebdo.  Without in any way condoning the lawless violence, Francis observed that there ought to be a decent limit to freedom of [...]

All God’s Children

Today we honor the memory of one of the great figures in the struggle for civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We have seen so much progress in that struggle, but that struggle continues. The evils of abortion and fatherlessness disproportionally affect the African-American community and were Dr. King alive today, he would undoubtedly [...]

NBC’s ‘A.D.: The Bible Continues’: The Greatest Story Not as Often Told (Video)

If there’s one thing that spouses and producing partners Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (bottom row, center) learned during their hands-on promotional efforts for their History Channel miniseries “The Bible,” and its theatrical spin-off, “Son of God,” is that a lot of people in the modern world, especially media types, may not be especially conversant [...]

The Call to Prayer, Pluralism, Provocations, and the Pope’s Punch

Religious freedom is a basic human right. This is not terribly controversial by itself, but when we come to the details, things can get messy. At Duke University, a Muslim student group received permission to recite the Friday call to prayer from the bell tower of the neo-gothic nondenominational chapel on campus–only to have it [...]

Wait. Do We Get To Be Charlie Hebdo Too?

  Thank God the Pope said what he did about Charlie Hebdo. He said it’s wrong to kill in the name of God, but it’s also wrong to insult people in the name of secularism. I love the Charlie Hebdo demonstrations. They are a beautiful show of respect for human rights, defense of free speech and [...]

When Standing Up Means Actually Standing Up

An estimated crowd of 1.6 million people gathered in Paris on January 11 to stand in solidarity and in condemnation of the violent attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo by Islamic Jihadists just four days earlier.  Another two million rallied in other cities around Paris on January 10 and 11, including 300,000 in Lyons [...]

Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech, Faith, and Reason

A famous Frenchman once said, “It is dangerous to be right when men of power are wrong.” This is why free speech matters. Even though Charlie Hebdo published little more than puerile smut, they have the right to be wrong so that others can have the freedom to be right. This freedom to be wrong [...]

Talking Back to Atheist Billboards

As atheistic movements grow more bold, they are putting up monuments and anti-shrines and billboards. Here are some images of atheist billboards and what I would say to them, if they could hear me …   Indoctrinate you? As painter George Braque said “Art disturbs; science reassures.” I cannot limit myself to teaching you the [...]


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