Category Archives: Culture

These Honored Dead

This Thursday, it will have been one and a half centuries after the Civil War effectively ended with General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. To mark this occasion, Brian Beutler writing for The New Republic has engaged in a little historical revisionist trolling, by suggesting that we celebrate the anniversary by obliterating [...]

‘A.D.: The Bible Continues’: The Cross in the Sky, Mary and the Holy Spirit

Tonight, Easter Sunday, April 5, the 12-part series “A.D.: The Bible Continues” premieres on NBC, with executive producers and spouses Mark Burnett and Roma Downey continuing the saga they began with “The Bible” on History Channel in 2013 (and its two-hour movie version, “Son of God,” in 2014). A few days ago, I posted an [...]

10 Ways the Church Is Rising

  We are used to thinking of Christianity as a spent force, a dying ancient religion that had its day in the sun and now is over and done with. That is exactly how his opponents thought of Jesus on the original Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. If the Church is the body [...]

‘A.D.: The Bible Continues’: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Take Faith Mainstream

It’s January in Pasadena, California, and spouses and producing partners Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are happy for several cast members of “A.D: The Bible Continue,s” who flew all the way in from Ouarzazate, Morocco, to appear at a major NBC press event. Telling the story of the birth of Christianity, starting with the trial [...]

Dishonest Journalism Update

Yesterday I posted a piece noting that CBS Cleveland had put forward a misleading headline and first sentence in an article on an Indiana pizza place.  The headline (yesterday) said: “Indiana Pizza Shop: We Won’t Serve Gays.”  The first sentence read: “An Indiana pizza shop may be the first to publicly say it will not [...]

This Triduum, Pray for Those Fomenting Hatred Against Christians in Indiana

Honestly, did anyone expect the situation to get this bad in Indiana? Every single day seems to bring worse news. The situation of the O’Connor family in particular has me sick to my stomach. Local news ABC 57 went looking for a restaurant owner that would go on camera to share their beliefs and found [...]

Dishonest News Coverage of the Debate over “Discrimination”

The big story of this week is apparently Indiana’s effort to pass a law modeled on the national Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Supporters of the law complain that news coverage has been biased and dishonest.  They have a point, if the following is any indication. CBS Cleveland has a story on its website about an [...]

The ACLU’s Attack on Civil Liberties

The ACLU has decided to lend its legal talents to the defense of an aggressive form of “civil rights,” and this makes it hostile to traditional forms of civil liberties–especially the free exercise of religion.  I write about this in this article at Public Discourse. Here is a key passage, in which I contend that [...]

Indiana is the new Brendan Eich

In 1993, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) passed the Democrat controlled U.S. House of Representatives unanimously. It passed the U.S. Senate (also controlled by Democrats) by a vote of 97-3. It was signed into law by Bill Clinton. RFRA, allows the government to place a “substantial burden” on someone’s religious beliefs and practice so [...]


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