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Today: Mon, September 26 2016  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
30 September 2016
On Religious and Political Tolerance
by Neil Lock
 sub-topic» General

So, what is religious tolerance? Simply put, tolerance is respect for others’ right to be different. And religious tolerance is the application of this respect to the practice, or not, of religion; to the inner life, if you will.

This tolerance can manifest itself in many ways. By recognizing others’ right to worship in their own way, in their place of choice, using their own icons and symbolisms, and in company with whomever they choose. By accepting their right to their own religious customs, such as not eating pork or drinking alcohol, or taking off their shoes for worship. By accepting their right to display their religion, if they wish, by means of their dress or their headgear, be it the burqa, the zucchetto, the turban or the colander.

But, most of all, tolerance in religion is allowing others not to follow particular religious rules and practices. For example, by allowing them to use version X of a religious book rather than version Y. By refraining from restricting their right to trade when they please. Or by allowing them to meet in the pub, drink beer and eat bacon butties, if that’s what they want to do.

15 September 2016
Justice, Torah and the Minimum Wage
by Curt Biren
 sub-topic» General

Clearly, from an economic perspective, it’s not a given that on balance a higher minimum wage is a good idea. It may actually reduce employment. In any case, before plowing ahead with more government mandates, we should carefully consider issues of justice.

Based on property rights, labor law and charity law, as defined by many of our sacred texts and sages, the idea of the government mandating a higher minimum wage would not seem to be just. We may have a moral obligation to help those in need, but we also have a moral obligation to deal with each other justly.

21 August 2016
It’s time to abandon “God”
by Paul Rosenberg
 sub-topic» General

The word “God” has become confusing, distracting, and counterproductive. It carries immense baggage, and it’s time we let it go.

16 March 2016
On Tolerance
by Stephen Moriarty
 sub-topic» General

Secular tolerance is sometimes a regrettable necessity. It may be politic, but it is hardly a virtue. I may, for the sake of argument, disapprove of certain lifestyles or businesses, not because of the harm people do to themselves – that is none of my business – but rather because of their tendency to drag other people down into the gutter with them (this is discours indirect libre!). I might decide to tolerate people like this because it is impossible to frame and/or enforce laws that interrupt their lifestyles without encroaching on the liberties of other people, and I might frequently make this argument; but I would never renounce my right to say exactly what I think of these people. We do not need freedom of speech to enjoy the dubious right to be tolerated, we need it so that we can explain our disapproval. In this way we might persuade, and thus avoid legislation, or worse. Tolerance, then, is an act rather than an attitude, except when it refers to a willingness to allow other people the maximum of individual self-determination consistent with the rights of others. This kind of tolerance, however, is a logical consequence of “liberty”.

29 October 2015
Opportunities for Collaboration with Political Christians
by Kevin Vallier
 sub-topic» General

Police Reform – the black community in the US is overwhelmingly Christian and are typically much more active in church than any other ethnic group. Many politically Christian black pastors and congregations fight the good fight against abuses of police power. Libertarians have and should join them in protesting against racial profiling, excessive uses of force, stop-and-frisk, etc. I see a lot of potential for collaboration between libertarians and black Christians.

24 August 2015
The pope is not a Christian
by Bob Weber
 sub-topic» General

Would Jesus use the subversive tactics of warmists? Would Jesus lie to get his way?

Would Jesus place blame where it doesn’t belong – ie bear false witness?

Would Jesus force anyone into an non-optional course of action based on the above three?

Would Jesus try to encourage the elimination of human beings as the warmists want?

08 August 2015
Nuns and Ghouls
by Nathan Barton
 sub-topic» General

Do you want to truly be “pro-life” in a non-hypocritical way? Then reject the power and control of government, take responsibility for your own life, for the care and well-being of your own family, for helping your friends and neighbors and fellow church members, and help end this corrupt and hypocritical system which murders the innocent from conception to old age, and which destroys the opportunities for all to have a better life NOT at the expense of others.

21 July 2015
The Nine Lies of Today’s Church
A call for massive ‘Reformation’ – before it is too late
by Andrew Strom
 sub-topic» General

Much of the church is living a lie. Many inside her are told continuously that they are "OK" - that they are saved and headed for heaven. Nothing could be further from the truth. Multitudes of them are headed directly for hell. The systemized LYING that is going on has deceived the leaders and the people alike. It is the blind leading the blind. We need to contend for these people - desperately. Much of the church is "lost". They are mired in deception - an entire system of deception.

03 February 2015
Communion and Consumerism
by Gregory Jensen
 sub-topic» General

The anthropologist Mary Douglas helps us translate this theology into a prudential vision of the economic when she argues that Keynes got it backwards. Production is not in the service of consumption. It is rather that consumption serves production. This means for Douglas (like Schmemann) not only the production of material wealth as Smith argues but also—and more foundationally—social meaning. Human consumption is in the service of creating, sustaining and deepening community — above all else the Eucharistic community of the Church.

20 January 2015
Time to get serious
by Linda Woodhead
 sub-topic» General

There is also a gap in values between Church and people on socio-political issues. Most people in Britain are now centre-right, and Anglicans are even further to the right than the majority. For example, nearly 70 per cent of "Anglicans" believe that the welfare system has created a culture of dependency - almost ten percentage points higher than the general population. But official church teaching is positioned much further to the left of both the population and, even more so, Anglicans.

This leaves the Church out of step with most of its supporters, as well as its detractors. It is both more left-wing in politics and more conservative in morals, and both more paternalist and more puritanical.

21 October 2014
Welfare, Work and Human Dignity
by Dylan Pahman
 sub-topic» General

Acknowledging this, Christians not only have a duty to work for virtue in their souls and the production of material goods in the world but better to encourage and enable others to fulfill this divine commandment as well. Part of this means never looking at another person as useless. God created us to work, and if our primary goal is virtue, there is something everyone can do to work for that, no matter even if they have a criminal record or mental, emotional, or physical disability. Perhaps not everyone’s work can take the form of gainful employment, but work remains a duty to all and an important matter of human dignity, a cause to which we owe “the sweat of [our] face” (Genesis 3:19) as well.

21 September 2014
Our Sentimental Humanitarian Age
by Samuel Gregg
 sub-topic» General

Despite its claims to take the mind seriously, sentimental humanitarianism is also rather “uncomfortable” (to use classic sentimental humanitarian language) with any substantive understanding of reason. It tends to reduce most debates to exchanges of feelings. You know you’re dealing with a sentimental humanitarian whenever someone responds to arguments with expressions such as “Well, I just feel…” or “You can’t say that,” or (the ultimate trump-card) “That’s hurtful.”

08 February 2014
Jesus and Mo: it's time to pick a horse
by Charles Kiendjian
 sub-topic» General

It’s tempting to think this is a difficult legal or moral conundrum. It isn’t. There are difficult legal and moral issues out there but this is not one of them. The question before us is very simple: do we have the right to depict Mohammed? It’s a simple question and so it deserves a simple answer. The answer is either yes or no. My answer is yes. If your answer is “yes, but”, then sorry that’s just not good enough. If you have to pause for thought before answering the question then you’ve probably already decided the answer is no.

11 January 2014
Why Not Force People to Attend Church?
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» General

Most Americans would undoubtedly oppose a law requiring everyone to attend church. They would say that whether a person attends church or not is his business, not the business of the state or the majority. They would also say that freedom entails the right to not attend church, not worship God, and not even believe in God. They would oppose such a law even if they were convinced that the law would produce good results.

07 December 2013
My Religion: Liberty!
by Timothy J. Taylor
 sub-topic» General

That’s right! My religion is liberty! At least I believe in the concept of liberty just as much and just as fervently as any Catholics or Protestants believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ. And I am just as offended and aggrieved as they are when the government forces me by law to comply with mandates which clearly violate my right to liberty.