In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Trump HHS Warns Hospital for Forcing Catholic Nurse to Help with Abortion

The Trump administration sent a notice Wednesday to the University of Vermont Medical Center after a federal investigation concluded the hospital forced a Catholic nurse to assist in an abortion despite her objections to the procedure.  The hospital has 30 days to show it won’t force healthcare workers to violate their beliefs. If it does not, the complaint will go to another agency, the Health

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Trump Reduces Restrictions on Political Speech by Religious Groups

President Trump at the White House today signed an executive order allowing religious groups more ability to engage in political advocacy. “We will never, ever stand for religious discrimination,” Trump said. “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.” “The president’s order will free religious groups from restrictions on their political speech imposed by the Johnson Amendment, a tax

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Obama’s Newfound Biblical Playbook

I’ve been watching over the past few months as President Obama has stepped up his public display of religiosity, using increasingly Biblical language and heading more frequently and more publicly – with walks across Lafayette Park – to church. I was in particular taken aback Feb. 2 when, during his appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama appeared to be reaching directly into the Bible

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Obama Continues Stepping Up his Public Piety

President Obama was in full religious mode at today’s White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, lacing his remarks this year with vivid Christian imagery as he addressed clergy from around the country in the East Room. The president as of late has presented himself more openly as a Christian, adding greater amounts of religious phrasing to events like this and the lighting of the National Christmas

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Obama to Give Catholics a Present

The White House today announced that President Obama is planning on buying Catholics a present to make them feel better in the aftermath of a an administration decision to require Catholic institutions to provide employees with free birth control. “It will be a beautiful gift,” said Obama in an interview with Diane Sawyer, who looked on lovingly at the president as he described searching Amazon

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Obama: Jesus Loves My Policies

President Obama today suggested his political agenda is blessed by the world’s great religions, linking a variety of specific policy proposals to the teachings of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. In a remarkable flouting of the traditional barrier between church and state, Obama used the annual National Prayer Breakfast to assert that his proposals are not just based on economic benefit, but on guidance he receives

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Obama Invokes Christ at Christmas Tree Lighting

President Obama junked secular humanism Thursday and offered up by far the most overtly religious Christmas Tree Lighting remarks of his presidency, mentioning God and Christ for the first time during the annual ceremony and stressing Christian rather than “universal” themes. While it’s possible Obama, who almost never attends church, has had some kind of religious awakening, the remarks are consistent with recent attempts by

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Obama Should Condemn Anti-Christian Violence in Egypt

Even as he renews his outreach to Muslims, President Obama should seek to stem the growing tide of violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt by condemning last weekend’s attacks that left a dozen people dead and scores injured. The attacks, about which Obama has been silent, also resulted in the burning of Coptic Orthodox churches and the destruction of Christian homes and businesses. The president

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Justice Charges Discrimination Against Muslim Teacher

The Justice Department is suing an illinois town’s school board over its refusal to allow a Muslim teacher three weeks paid leave so she could join the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. From an article today in the Washington Post: BERKELEY, Ill. — Safoorah Khan had taught middle school math for only nine months in this tiny Chicago suburb when she made an unusual request. She

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Obama Gets a Christian Question

I think all of us remember the uproar when President George W. Bush said this. I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith. I mean, it caused quite a firestorm, ignited a whole debate about separation of church and state and provoked questions about whether Bush was on some sort of Christian jihad to remake the country. OK,

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Obama’s Empty Gesture on the Ground Zero Mosque

The reaction of President Obama and his aides to his own speech on the Ground Zero mosque has been, and continues to be today, a disgrace and an outrage. Bill Clinton has been spending lots of time dealing with Obama lately, and it shows. Obama is getting himself squarely on both sides of the issue while shirking his responsibility to directly address it. It’s excusable

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