President Trump Creates a New White House Faith-Based Initiative

On Thursday, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the “White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative” within the Executive Office of the President. The order states the purpose is to ensure faith-based and community organizations “have strong advocates in the White House and throughout the Federal Government.” The order renames and reinstitutes an office first created by President George W. Continue Reading...

The challenges of Islam and pluralism

Last week I had an essay exploring Abraham Kuyper’s interactions with Islam, focused particularly on his tour around the Mediterranean Sea in the early years of the twentieth century. As I argue, Throughout his travels, Kuyper was confronted by the diversity, vitality, and comprehensiveness of the Islamic faith. Continue Reading...

The 5 most dangerous countries to be a Christian in 2018

For the sixteenth consecutive year, North Korea is ranked as the most oppressive place in the world for Christians, according to the international non-profit ministry Open Doors. Image source: Open Doors USA Every year Open Doors publishes the World Watch List to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. Continue Reading...

Department of Justice memo reaffirms our rights of religious liberty

In May President Trump issued an executive order directing Attorney General Sessions to address several issues concerning religious liberty, including: • Issue explicit guidance from the Attorney General to the Treasury Department to prohibit the revocation of tax exempt status to an organization based on its religious beliefs; • Encourage the Department of Health & Human Services to issue the draft interim final rule providing relief to the contraceptive mandate; • Ensure a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) analysis is articulated in the process of all future regulations; • Reaffirm the First Amendment to the U.S. Continue Reading...

The spiritual core of liberty

Last week FEE published an essay by economist Dierdre McCloskey titled “The Core of Liberty is Economic Liberty.” McCloskey writes, [E]conomic liberty is the liberty about which most ordinary people care. Continue Reading...