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Religion and Politics

31 Jul



Media Alert: MSNBC FDA on Morning After Pill

July 31, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

I will be debating Jessica Arons, Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress. Today at 2:30 pm EST on MSNBC.

FDA Considers Morning-After Pill Sales, By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer, WASHINGTON

The government is considering allowing over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill, but only to women 18 and older. The surprise move Monday revives efforts to widen access to the emergency contraceptive almost a year after it was thought doomed.

The Food and Drug Administration notified manufacturer Barr Laboratories Inc. early Monday that it wanted to meet within seven days to iron out new steps the company must take in its three-year battle to sell the pill, called Plan B, without a prescription to at least some women.

It promises to be a great program.


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July 5, 2006 | By | No Comments


Charmaine, wife of Your Business Blogger will be speaking at the Political Plenary Panel,

A bi-partisan discussion on political conversation across the blogosphere, featuring answers to questions such as: What makes a political blog insightful and interesting, versus a dime-a-dozen rant? What role will political blogs play in the upcoming elections and future campaigns? Where can a blogger find insightful content from which to draw? How can a blogger facilitate legitimate political conversation on his or her political blog?

Charmaine will be joining:

Hugh Hewitt / Professor of Law, Author, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host


La Shawn Barber / Author and Writer

Blog: La Shawn Barber’s Corner

John Mark Reynolds / Director of the Torrey Honors Institute (Biola)

Blog: Middlebrow

James Kushiner / Publisher of Touchtone Magazine

Blog: Mere Comments

Joe Carter / Comm. Director at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity

Blog: Evangelical Outpost

Rob Asghar / Writer and Political Commentator

Blog: TheAmericaBug

Ryan Bolger / Assistant Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture (Fuller)

Blog: TheBolgBlog

Marvin Hutchens

Hutchens Blog

Rhett Smith

Andrew Jackson

Melinda Penner

STR Blog

Matthew Anderson

Mere Orthodoxy

Fred Sanders


Paul Spears


The GodBlogCon 2006 is hosted by the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University. Register now!

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The GOP and Voters

June 9, 2006 | By | No Comments

We all are accountable. To our Maker. Elected officials are also accountable to voters.


and the GOP doesn’t seem to be listening…


During a tour of duty as a government appointee, my husband, Your Business Blogger, learned that the most important character of his elected boss was his sense of Duty (he was a former Army Officer). And to keep his campaign promises.

Keeping promises to the people who voted for him.

The first rule of politicians.


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Legally Right, Morally Wrong — One Year Later

April 5, 2006 | By | No Comments

From the archives — Last April 5th, thinking about an enduring issue. . .

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Over at My Dogs are Smarter, Paul Hogue began a discussion about the Terri Schiavo case, asking “How does a Christian react to this?” See here for the first post. He invited me to respond, and my post is here.

Here’s a quick recap. One commenter, Craig Williams wrote that:

My one disappointment in what has been the reported “christian” response (lower case intentional here) to Terri Schiavo’s circumstance, is what I would call – a lack of faith. That is, everyone is passionate about protecting her mortal life, however diminished it is, that they fail to recognize that the New Testament takes a bigger view. This mortal life is never considered what is most important to Christian people.

My response, which Paul quoted yesterday:

I agree wholeheartedly that “the spiritual reality trumps mortality.” However, while we do not fear death, and may even welcome it under some circumstances, we always remember that God’s plans and His timing is not ours. The Christian response to suffering is to say: “Not my will, Lord, but Thine.”

Paul then asks:

But what of it? This is a concept as foreign as anything possibly can be to even some in the Church, much less to the world-at-large. How do we communicate such an idea when the natural inclination of unsaved men and women is to run as far away from pain as is possible to get?

Excellent question. When I wrote earlier about Terri’s plight, (here) my point was that suffering is unintelligible from a secular worldview. Without an eternal perspective, why bother with pain, difficulty, and troubles, if a quick fix or a way out is available?

But if suffering doesn’t make sense to the secular, this brings us right back to Paul’s original question: What’s a Christian to do?

Because I’m a political scientist, I’ve spent my entire adult life thinking about this question . . .

The Schiavo case is, of course, intrinsically important. Terri lost her life in the political struggle. However, the battle over her life highlights a portentous political reality: the divide between the religious and the secular is growing, and the ramifications of that in our communal life will become ever more apparent.

This was the elephant in the room throughout the public debate over Terri’s ordeal. There were some liberals on her side — it was fascinating to watch David Boies (Bush v. Gore) argue in favor of reinserting her feeding tube.

Still, things really do get dicey when one of the toughest theological questions we’ve got — the orgin of evil, the purpose of suffering — is situated right at the heart of a political question.

So what do we do? We’ve got to be wise. And wisdom requires searching out the right people to talk when the need arises. You have to have standing to talk about suffering. That’s one reason I quoted Joe Ford — the young Harvard junior who has cerebral palsy — in my post about Terri.

Another one is Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni’s been in a wheelchair for some thirty years. . . and she is easily one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met. I once had the opportunity to work on a project with her — she is positively radiant.


Whenever Joni speaks, people listen. We’ve seen her best Larry King several times.

Here’s what Joni wrote about Terri.

20 Feb



Bibles for China: Voice of the Martyrs

February 20, 2006 | By | 3 Comments


With Bob Fu and Peggy Dau

Mailing a Bible to China!

One of the best parts of being at NRB is meeting some of the wonderful people in ministries represented here. The Voice of the Martyrs has a large booth here and they are offering NRB attendees the opportunity to mail a Bible to China.

I did one for each of my children — so I now have names of five people in China for our family to pray for.

Stop by Voice of the Martyrs and learn more about the persecuted Church. . .and the Bibles Unbound program.

19 Feb



Blogging from NRB: Calm Before the Storm

February 19, 2006 | By | 3 Comments


I’m here in Dallas this weekend for the annual convention of the National Religious Broadcasters with an FRC team at the Gaylord. The exhibits open up at noon today and we spent yesterday getting set up — we are at Booth #317: if you are in Dallas, come by and see us!