Last week's roundup on faith, politics, and culture
1. What Conservative Christians Have in Common with LGBT Activists
Tom Berg, a religious liberty scholar and law professor, explains to Morgan Lee and Katelyn Beaty in Quick Listen (Christianity Today's podcast) what conservative Christians share with LGBT activists and walks them through the differences in the religious liberty legislation that we've been witnessing across several states.
2. Why Ted Cruz Is Helping Hold Up an Anti-Slavery Bill
The good news is that the federal government is starting to take serious action about modern slavery. The End Modern Slavery Initiative, or EMSI, is a bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee. The bad news is that its currently held up in the Senate, due to opposition from a few GOP senators -- including, most likely, Ted Cruz -- who worry the funding in the bill might fund abortions.
3. How South Carolina could fail refugees and religion
South Carolina's legislature is considering a bill that would force social service agencies and houses of worship to register any refugees they help resettle and hold them liable in civil court for any crimes those refugees might commit. This legislation, religious leaders argue, not only impinges upon the religious freedom of organizations committed to helping refugees, but it also breaks from South Carolina's history as a pioneer in providing a sanctuary for refugees escaping religious persecution in the 1600's.
4. The antidote to political polarization: Question judgment, not motive
Joe Biden, in a recent interview, was asked whether both political parties are equally broken. Biden attributes much of the current political polarization to the Gingrich revolution within the Republican Party, but he also admits responsibility on behalf of fellow Democrats. He relates a powerful story about how he changed his mind about Jesse Helms, a Republican senator whom Biden initially heavily criticized for Helm's opposition to disabilities legislation, when he learned that Helms and his wife adopted a young man with crutches.
5. There is no Bernie Sanders movement -- but here's how it can be one
"Sanders supporters who want to move the Democratic Party to the ideological left need to become Sanders Democrats, political actors who participate in the system as it exists. To win a lasting victory—to define the ideological terms of Democratic Party politics—the people inspired by Sanders need to do more than beat the establishment; they need to become it."
- Jamelle Bouie
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