On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Five shrinking denominations generally regarded as “liberal” now have their own translation of the Bible. “There are a number of translations available for conservative churches,” spokesman Paul Franklyn told the Nashville Tennessean newspaper. Now, the liberal churches have theirs, the Common English Bible. Its translation from the original ancient texts was funded by the Church…

A prominent Catholic professor says a New York Times attack on natural contraception is “very peculiar” and “completely uninformative.” Professor Janet Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She is a consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family and an opponent of contraception. She told the…

By RON CSILLAG Religion News Service TORONTO — A majority-Muslim public school in Toronto is defending its policy of allowing an imam to lead Friday prayers in the cafeteria, saying students who leave school for prayers at a mosque typically don’t return to school. Christian and other prayers are disallowed in the public school system. For…

By AL WEBB Religion News Service LONDON — A government-funded watchdog panel said British judges have erred in supporting employers who try to fire Christian workers for wearing crosses or refusing to offer sex counseling to gay couples.     The Equality and Human Rights Commission said Monday that employers should ease up, saying current interpretations of…

Why would anybody accuse 13 Christian organizations, including the American Family Association and Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council, of practicing “hate?” Why would anybody apply intense pressure this weekend until TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie apologized publicly for having anything to do with Focus on the Family? What’s going on? Could the intent be to smear…

The final Harry Potter movie opens Friday, but Steve Wohlberg, author of Exposing Harry Potter and Witchcraft, is worried that it’s one more two-hour recruiting film for the occult. “The Pottermania will experience one last spasm as the Grand Finale of Harry Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2),” he writes. “When the…

In case you haven’t been paying attention, now it’s not fashionable to support Focus on the Family. That’s the message from TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie. Following criticism from liberal fashionistas, he has assured the politically correct that he certainly isn’t tolerant of Dr. James Dodson. Apparently the cultural diversity Mycoskie envisions for America does…

Ronald Reagan’s First Lady Nancy has turned 90. She observed the occasion quietly at home with family. An iron-willed woman, she has been credited with pushing Reagan to seek the presidency.  Outspoken, she was one of the first modern conservative women to reap the constant ridicule of the news media — which aimed unending, weathering…

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli recently told a group of 250 pastors that the churches are not only permitted — but also expected — to speak out on political issues. He encouraged the pastors to give “guidance on issues that fall in the political world.” “Cuccinelli followed in the footsteps of those government magistrates in the…

Julie Bass got the idea from First Lady Michelle Obama — why not plant what during World War II was called a “Victory Garden” — a small veggie garden in her yard? After all, “The price of organic food is kind of through the roof,” says the Detroit-area mom. “We thought it’d be really cool…

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