President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is about more than the final three years of his presidency. Its purpose should be to influ ence the next decade of American political life and begin shaping the post-Obama era.
Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision, a leading pro-life legal expert believes the decision has never been more vulnerable to being overturned. In his new book, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, Clark Forsythe, senior legal counsel at Americans United for Life, details what he uncovered in examining the private papers of the justices, their case files, and oral arguments.
The Obama administration and faith-based foes of an employer mandate to provide free birth control coverage continued their legal tussle on Friday (Jan 3.), though with an odd twist: The Justice Department says an order of nuns is exempt from the mandate, while the nuns’ lawyers say they are not.
One of two class-action lawsuits filed against the HHS contraceptive mandate proved successful today, as the Becket Fund announced that an Oklahoma judge granted GuideStone Financial Resources a temporary injunction against the Affordable Care Act requirement. GuideStone had sued on behalf of nearly 200 evangelical ministries affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
President Obama, who talks about his Christian faith quite regularly, references it again in his messages around Christmas. The Obamas attended the Sunday (Dec. 16) taping of “Christmas in Washington’’ benefit concert, which aids the Children’s National Medical Center. According to a transcript provided by the White House, Obama said, “This is also a time to remember the story of a child born to two faithful travelers on a holy night, long ago.”
A Pennsylvania federal district court has ruled that the contraceptive mandate's "exemption" and "accommodation" bifurcates religion into two parts. Friedman highlights the court's conclusion: "The net effect ... would be to allow the Government to cleave the Catholic Church into two parts: worship, and service and 'good works,' thereby entangling the Government in deciding what comprises 'religion.'"
Facebook seems to be the preferred place—beside the shark-infested waters of a news story’s comments section—to duke it out politically. Sad as it is, Christians often seem to be among the rudest participants, particularly when their religious beliefs are often inextricably tied to their political persuasion.
It's easy to assume, in our short-attention-span culture, that minor moments have major consequences. In this case, with the president's legacy-defining policy at stake, it seems clear that this month is his presidency's most important. Here's why.
On Tuesday (Nov. 12), five immigration reform activists, including the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, vowed to fast to pressure Congress into passing an immigration reform bill. The other clergy who met with the president included: Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church; and Mike McClenahan, senior pastor of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church.