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Are Americans more liberal than Jesus?

American flag draped a man's shoulders standing before a large crowd (Credit: E.N.K via Flickr) A research company recently asked 1,000 Americans what they thought Jesus would think about some of the issues of our day.  The results are surprising, to say the least.  Of those surveyed:

  • 48 percent support legal abortion, but only 20 percent think Jesus would agree.
  • 48 percent support gay marriage, but only 32 percent think Jesus would agree.
  • 58 percent support the death penalty, but only 34 percent think Jesus would agree.
  • 56 percent support higher taxes on the wealthy, but only 45 percent think Jesus would agree.

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America: more divided than ever?

America Divided concept: American flag painted on a broken brick (Credit: michaklootwijk via Fotolia)As a boy, I recited the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every school day.  I've said these words thousands of times: "One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."  How true are they today?

Are we "one nation under God"?

Fifty years ago, America's religious landscape was dominated by Protestants and Catholics.  But as Diane Eck shows in A New Religious America, the U.S. is now the world's most religiously diverse nation.  This diversity can be traced back to 1965, when Lyndon Johnson signed a new immigration law that led to a significant surge of immigrants.  As a result, Muslims in America now outnumber Jews, Episcopalians, and Presbyterians.

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Hobby Lobby: What the ruling means to you

News microphones wait to capture reactions from Supreme Court rulings outside the court building in Washington, June 25, 2013 (Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) Aristotle believed that law is "reason free from passion."  If he had witnessed the Hobby Lobby controversy, he might have changed his position.

On March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.  The name of the case was changed to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. after Sylvia Mathews Burwell replaced Kathleen Sebelius as the Secretary of Health and Human Services on June 9, 2014.

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God Is Not A Hobby: The Fifth Awakening and the future of America

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