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  • On conservative religious activism, the numbers speak for themselves

    by Rob Schwarzwalder and Pat Fagan

    May 14, 2015: In an interview with The Washington Post timed to a high-level summit on combating poverty, Harvard professor Robert Putnam makes an assertion about what he terms "organized religion," its agenda and the use of its "resources." Specifically: "The obvious fact is that over the last 30 years, most organized religion has focused on issues regarding sexual morality, such as abortion, gay marriage, all of those. I'm not saying if that's good or bad, but that's what they've been using all their resources for. This is the most obvious point in the world. It's been entirely focused on issues of homosexuality and contraception and not at all focused on issues of poverty."

  • We Will Love and Not Be Silent

    by Rob Schwarzwalder

    April 30, 2015: While I was at the Supreme Court for the hearing on same-sex marriage, a daughter of former Senator and current presidential candidate Rick Santorum got up to speak at a podium in front of the large crowd in front of the building. Immediately, a young man behind me began to shout "UGLY! UGLY! UGLY!"

  • What Young People Need to Know about Humility

    by Rob Schwarzwalder

    April 22, 2015: It is a conceit of the young to believe that because something has occurred to them, it is a novel idea, one unknown to previous, plodding generations. This tendency cuts across the board and includes young Christians.

  • Rand Paul and a Moment of Truth for American Journalism

    by Rob Schwarzwalder

    April 22, 2015: It was one of the most gratifying exchanges in recent political memory. When U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced his presidential campaign recently, he made a standard campaign stop in New Hampshire. While there, a reporter trotted out one of the standard questions any Republican receives when he declares he is running for national office: What are the exceptions to your views about preventing abortions?

  • Abortion and Trafficking: What Would Lincoln Have Done?

    by Rob Schwarzwalder

    April 16, 2015: Whenever I read such things as "Why the Founding Fathers Wouldn't Have Been Anti-Vaxxers," I cringe a bit. Not only are these rather desperate speculations, but they are supercilious: We know the things the Founders were for and against, and to infer from their stated convictions and known actions their allegiance to or antipathy toward a contemporary political issue trivializes these remarkable men and the causes for which they fought and, in some cases, died.

  • Surrendering Neither Grace Nor Truth

    by Rob Schwarzwalder

    April 13, 2015: Recently, the news has been tough for Christians here at home. Stories involving the erosion of religious liberty in America, as in the failure in Indiana to protect the rights of business persons who don't wish to participate in same-sex weddings, have persuaded some that the chips are not only down but depleted.

  • Minimum Sanity in Seattle: A City Council Unmoored from Reality

    by Rob Schwarzwalder

    April 06, 2015: Having lived in the Seattle area for more than half a century, my family has enjoyed some wonderful meals at Ivar's Salmon House and other Ivar's restaurants. It's a summertime tradition for us to gather for chowder and fried clams at the little Ivar's outlet at the southern end of Lake Washington.

  • Abraham Lincoln, John Bright, and Human Trafficking

    by Rob Schwarzwalder

    March 30, 2015: Abraham Lincoln had two portraits displayed in his study: One was of Andrew Jackson, who as president had preserved the Union by preventing South Carolina from leaving it, and the other was of the British statesman John Bright.

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