Like many religious persons, I have watched this presidential election with particular interest. As far as religion is concerned, this election has posed interesting dilemmas, perspectives, and insights into the status of religion in the public square in America. First, the election has posed a diversity of religious backgrounds for both tickets. Never before [...]
Recent comments by Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy reaffirming the company’s support of ‘traditional’ marriage and its anti-LGTBQ political activities have been met with an uprising of media attention and responses from gay rights organizations. Now evangelicals are speaking out in defense of the company. Mike Huckabee, talk-show host and former presidential candidate, has issued a [...]
I was very young when I first experienced a crisis between my religion and my politics. The most vivid moment in this emerging crisis was March 19, 2003, the night before I turned 16 years old. This was the same night I spent glued to the television as I watched invading U.S. troops launching bombs [...]
On May 8th, North Carolina voters will cast their ballots on a proposed amendment to the constitution that reads like this: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts [...]
“What are you giving up for Lent?” This question will be shared around this week for many Christians as they enter into the Lenten season beginning with Ash Wednesday. People will “give up” anything from soft drinks and swearing to Facebook and chocolate. Emerging from a very spirit-filled Fat Tuesday, Christians will quickly turn to [...]
This past week, two events have reminded me of the importance in offering alternative Christian witness to the dominant voices of our society. The first was a sermon delivered by Dr. Stephen Shoemaker, the pastor of Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, entitled, “The Opposite of Love: Engaging Constitutional Amendment One.” From his own pulpit, [...]
Chris Hughes is a second-year MDiv student at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and a youth minister at a Baptist church. He writes on issues of church and state, environment, and full inclusion of all people in church life.