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Silenced speech

Religion | Europe’s court further chills already muted Christian expression
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/08/18, 03:42 pm

We may think of Europe as largely a democratic continent and the seedbed for U.S. law and government. But a recent landmark case in Europe shows just how far Western jurisprudence is divided—or should be—by the Atlantic Ocean.

The European Court of Human Rights last month found an Austrian guilty of “disparaging religious doctrine” and fined her under Austria’s blasphemy law, Section 188 of its criminal code. 

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Heaven to pay

Religion | A hostile culture should prompt a uniquely Christian response
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 10/29/18, 03:12 pm

I write on the cusp of a momentous event—the most crucial midterm election of my lifetime. It replaces the previous most-crucial midterm of my lifetime, which occurred in 2014. Farther back in memory is the third most-crucial midterm of 2010. But no sooner will Nov. 6 come and go than the general election of 2020 will loom like a tidal wave of crucial importance. Every two years the stakes crawl higher, with more lives and futures at risk. Everything we hold dear is on the line, threatened with extinction if the other side wins.

Or maybe not.

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Echo churches

Religion | Many evangelicals want to worship with partisan comrades
by Russell St. John
Posted 9/13/18, 03:23 pm

Evangelical churches have become political echo chambers—and many of their congregants prefer it that way. Surprisingly, younger evangelicals—those 35 to 49 years old—desire homogeneity more than their elders.

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