Martin Luther King Jr and Abraham Lincoln loomed large over Glenn Beck’s recent Restore Honor rally. Both of them were exceptional historical figures who had an exceptional sense of caution when they spoke of God in relation to American destiny.
In addition to confronting tough political issues in the Middle East, US agencies and departments across the government are targeting violent extremism, human rights, and civil rights at home and abroad, says the Obama administration’s special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. More
The fight is not over whether faith groups are subject to the law, says the president of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, “because they are subject to whatever the law is, which in many cases makes this exception for them. The question is should this exception be allowed to continue?” More
“I think King would make a case for the principles and practices of nonviolence even in settling disputes between nations,” says Cheryl Sanders, professor of Christian ethics at Howard University School of Divinity and senior pastor at Third Street Church of God in Washington, DC. More
As chaplain of Yale University in the ’60s and ’70s, Coffin be came one of the best known — and most controversial — figures not only against the war, but also in the civil rights movement and the campaign for a freeze on nuclear weapons. Throughout his life, Coffin preached that social justice was central to Christianity.
In many states around the country there are new, tough laws aimed at sexual predators who have abused children. No one opposes the intent to protect children, but in Georgia its new sex offender law is under attack by civil rights and religious activists who say the law is so broad and so harsh it is unfair. More
Read Bob Abernethy’s full interview with William Sloane Coffin.