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Chuck Colson and the Conscience of a Hatchet-Man

When Chuck Colson died three years ago today, there were a number of vindictive journalistic pieces slinking out against the founder of Prison Fellowship. It’s not that I minded these articles focusing on Colson’s Watergate crimes and his rather nasty political persona prior to conversion; Colson emphasized that too. More problematic was the smug undercurrent that somehow Colson’s life in ministry to criminals was somehow just some sort of “cover-up” for who

Religious Liberty Is Not Freedom from Ridicule

About a year ago, I found myself seething, over a compliment. Someone in Washington political circles said, “It’s really amazing; you’re a real-deal born-again type, and yet you are really intelligent and thoughtful.” I rolled my eyes, because I have seen this before. When I showed up in Washington as an 18 year-old congressional intern, a colleague from Massachusetts said, “You’re from Mississippi and you sure read a lot; good

What Does the Gospel have to do with Politics?

This August, I’m thrilled to announce that the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will be hosting its second annual national conference, in Nashville on August 5, on the issue of The Gospel and Politics. This is an important topic, because I am convinced that what we need is a gospel-focused reenergizing of politics. American evangelicals are, sometimes frantically, trying to adjust to an increasingly post-Christian America. We can no longer

Marriage and the Supreme Court: A Call to Prayer

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether states can legally choose to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It is a watershed moment in our nation’s history. As an organization, we have filed briefs with the court, argued in public and in private about why marriage, defined as the union of one man and one woman, matters as a social good, and more than I have

Rolling Stone and the Culture of Lying

Rolling Stone magazine printed serious criminal accusations against a campus group, accusations the periodical now admits are completely false. Despite all of this, both the article’s author and the magazine editor will keep their jobs according to the publisher. This matters, and matters to far more people than just those on the campus of the University of Virginia or even to the target demographic of Rolling Stone. Behind this scandal

What Opposition to Religious Freedom Really Means

The public debate over Indiana’s new religious freedom law is (almost) enough to drive this Baptist to drink. The conversation has been the most uninformed and ignorant I’ve seen in years. This culminated in a panel on one of the Sunday talk shows suggesting that the law would return us to the days when signs would hang in stores detailing who would not be welcome to do business there. The