Congress is currently considering paid leave bills from Republicans and Democrats, as lawmakers respond to growing interest in the issue from the White House and across the country. A new report from The Center for Public Justice, a nonpartisan Christian organization, wants people of faith to play a bigger role in this policy debate.
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Approximately 60 million babies have been aborted in the United States since Roe v. Wade, and hundreds of millions more worldwide since the United Nations and its agencies have embraced the legalization of abortion. How many lives were snuffed out before they could make their own mark on this world? You can lend your voice in defending life the government examines the possibility of a new regulation. Here's how.
The press often fails to live up to its own ethic, which mandates balance and a commitment to accuracy, a commitment often dimmed by blatant partisanship. This is nothing new – the human inclination toward partisanship has been with us since the founding of America. Nevertheless, the President and many Americans, on the left and the right, who are inclined to vilify the partisan press they disagree with, can benefit from lessons learned during the founding era.
Historically, governments that strongly protect religious freedom have been a rarity. It is no small thing, then, that essentially all countries are now willing at least to pay lip service to the idea, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that religious freedom is a universal and fundamental human right. But the gap between what countries say about religious freedom and what they actually do is often depressingly immense.
What I hope to do in this article is take an issue normally discussed in a 2-dimensional fashion and make it 3-dimensional. We like to create strawmen villains to pin the blame on. Oversimplifying an issue is a good way to create sensational headlines, but a terrible way to create helpful and constructive dialogue.
Tolerance. Acceptance. Liberty. These are all principles that are highly valued in this day and age, particularly by millennials. And yet it seems that tolerance, liberty, and acceptance are accorded to only select groups of people. In fighting for equality and freedom for people of different races, genders, and sexual orientations, one important factor is increasingly overlooked: religion.