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Religious Freedom Summit Emphasizes Religious Liberty as Cultural Fight

Cedarville’s Religious Freedom Summit continued its discussion of religious freedom and the public square in Thursday’s 11 a.m. session in the Jeremiah Chapel. Warren Smith, moderator of Thursday morning’s Q-and-A session and associate publisher of WORLD magazine, said the battle between religious freedom and sexual liberty is a cultural fight more than a legal battle. Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin Nimocks spoke of the increasing trend of society to accept ...

Experts Divided Over Outcome of Scottish Vote for Independence

Scottish citizens will head to the polls to vote on an important issue on Thursday, Sept. 18. To educate students about the impending election, Epsilon Pi Lambda and College Republicans hosted a “Scotland Independence Referendum” summit on Sept. 9. Liam Anderson, a professor from Wright State University, was the summit’s featured speaker. Anderson received his doctorate from the University of Georgia in 2000 and has been teaching at WSU since then. Anderson is an expert in many topics, ...

Hero or Traitor? The Ethics of Snowden’s Surveillance Leak

In May 2013, Edward Snowden traveled from Hawaii to Hong Kong where he met with journalist Glenn Greenwald and documentary director Laura Poitras. Since May, Snowden has released thousands of sensitive documents, revealing the existence of multiple surveillance programs, many run by the National Security Agency (NSA). Snowden released numerous classified government documents to Greenwald and Poitras. He claimed that government agencies such as the NSA were abusing the power of mass surveil...

Putin’s Power on Display

Political unrest in the European nation Ukraine has been making world news since November 2013. On Nov. 21, President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of a trade deal with the European Union, which had been in process since February. In December, Yanukovych tied closer bonds with Russia by sealing an economic trade deal to the outrage of Europe-supporting Ukrainians. After that, protestors took to the streets of Ukraine to express their discontent with Yanukovych. For two months, protestors ...

Hobby Lobby Takes Contraceptives Case to Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby, a craft company created and owned by a Christian family, is arguing in the Supreme Court that its First Amendment rights have been violated by the government requirement to provide insurance with comprehensive contraceptive coverage. This case is a response to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which mandates all people and employers purchase acceptable insurance policies containing a certain threshold of requirements, including contraceptive coverage. The Religious Freedom ...

The Highs and Lows of Legalization

Twenty states have made the move to legalize medicinal marijuana, and Ohio is considering whether it will follow suit. In an interview with The Marietta Times, Ohio resident Nathan Gundlach said marijuana prohibition has caused more problems than it has solved, leading to a black market economy, excessive incarceration and infringements on individual liberties. “To me, the important issue is that we have the right to choose what we put in our bodies,” Gundlach said. Legalization ...

Abortion Debate Ultimately an Ethics Debate

Doctors took a Texas woman off of life support on Jan. 26 after a drawn-out legal battle between the hospital and the woman’s family. And the case of Marlise Muñoz continues to highlight how Americans struggle with the issue of abortion as new ethical dilemmas present themselves to the medical world. Erick Muñoz found his wife lying unconscious on their kitchen floor on Nov. 26 after she been there for over an hour. Her husband found her and rushed her to the hospital. Doctors suspected ...

Recent Survey Shows Increasing Prevalence of Post-Christian Mindset

A recent survey reveals that 37 percent of Americans meet standards for having a post-Christian theology. Jason Lee, the dean of Cedarville’s school of biblical and theological studies, said post-Christianity is the replacement of Christian language, ideals and worldviews in a culture with secular ideals, language and worldviews. To examine the shift in post-Christian America, Barna Group, a research company aiming to integrate spirituality into culture, surveyed 42,855 Americans on ...

Got Jobs?

Over the past four and a half years, people have been receiving unemployment checks for extended periods of time. However, on Dec. 28, Congress failed to add the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Act to the new budget, which did not allow the plan to be extended into 2014. Since the 2010 unemployment peak, the number of people out of work and actively job hunting has decreased. President Barack Obama said in his first national address of 2014, “Businesses have created more than ...

Prayer and Politics = Problems?

During the U.S. Supreme Court’s current term, prayer in government meetings is being addressed at the national level for the first time in 30 years. The Supreme Court heard opening arguments for the Town of Greece v. Galloway case on Nov. 6. The issue in question is the legality of local governments opening their legislative sessions with prayer. Susan Galloway, a Jew, and Linda Stephens, an atheist, challenged the town of Greece, N.Y.’s, practice of opening board meetings with a ...