By Anita Singh
By Ross Douthat
Anyone who tells you that America’s pastors are obsessed with homosexuality or abortion only hears them through a media filter. You can attend Masses or megachurches for months without having those issues intrude; you can bore yourself to tears reading denominational statements and bishops’ documents (true long before Pope Francis) with a similar result. The belief that organized religion is organized around culture war is largely a conceit of the irreligious.
If we can say that the Muslim terrorists “have hijacked a great religion,” why can’t we say that the secular left “has hijacked a great political party”?
By Rob Schwarzwalder and Pat Fagan
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.”
This is utter nonsense, to the point of absurdity.
BY MARK HEMINGWAY
Christians spend billions and billions fighting poverty. Even the most generous estimates of the resources devoted to pro-life causes and organizations defending traditional marriage are just a few hundred million dollars. By contrast, the budget of Planned Parenthood alone is just over a billion dollars. I don’t know what the Human Rights Campaign’s budget is, but if I’ve walked by their impressive building in Washington many times and I suspect they could marshall the resources of a small nation.
By Jen Pollock Michel
My husband and I have been married nearly 20 years, and because we live in a city (and attend a church) teeming with young, professional singles, we’re often asked about marriage. There are things I wish to tell those eager for advice.
The secret to a great marriage is marrying the right person–and being the right person–not in terms of compatibility, but character.
The president wasn’t being sexist when he disagreed with Elizabeth Warren over free trade. He was being insufferably arrogant and condescending, a common rhetorical tactic he employs against anyone with whom he disagrees. Welcome to the club, Mrs. Warren!
Posted by Jim Hoft
I reject his premise. People of faith already do far more for the poor than secular leftists. Unbelievable ignorance on display.
Resist the temptation to nurse at the breast of resentment. In the short term it will taste good and give you strength. In the long term the bitter poison will kill you.
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