Paul Marshall

Do Government Restrictions on Larger Church Gathering Violate Religious Freedom?
Do Government Restrictions on Larger Church Gathering Violate Religious Freedom?

Some argue that government restrictions on larger church gatherings are a violation of religious freedom. Others argue they are responsible and legitimate. Paul Marshall believes both positions are, or can be, correct.

New Christian-Muslim Political Alliances?
New Christian-Muslim Political Alliances?

Christian and Muslim politicians and leaders reaching out to each other is one of the more hopeful signs in our increasingly divided world.

The Disjunction of Liberal Theory and Liberal Polities
The Disjunction of Liberal Theory and Liberal Polities

The confounding of contentious liberal theories with actual concrete polities stems from the assumption that liberal democratic states are somehow the product of liberal theories.

The State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights: Concerns and Five Recommendations

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s July 8 announcement of who would serve on the new State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights has drawn a wide critical reaction.

Robert Kagan and the Many Meanings of Liberalism
Robert Kagan and the Many Meanings of Liberalism

Despite his extravagant claim that liberalism alone can anchor any decent human life, Robert Kagan does not tell us what liberalism is in his Washington Post article.

Indonesian Presidential Election Win for Jokowi Is Good News
Indonesian Presidential Election Win for Jokowi Is Good News

Jokowi’s reelection helps cement democracy in Indonesia, a vitally important reason the US should warmly welcome it.

Goodbye Ahok, Hello “BTP”: Inside Indonesia’s Convoluted Politics
Goodbye Ahok, Hello “BTP”: Inside Indonesia’s Convoluted Politics

On January 24, 2019, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, formerly known by his nickname Ahok and now as “BTP,” was released from prison. What happens to him will tell us much about Indonesia’s political future.

Blasphemy Returns as a Political Weapon in Indonesia
Blasphemy Returns as a Political Weapon in Indonesia

A seemingly small incident in Indonesia is the first shot in the use of religion, specifically accusations of blasphemy, as a political weapon against President Jokowi in the ongoing presidential race.

Rudyard Kipling “The Ballad of East and West” is Hardly Racist
Kipling’s “The Ballad of East and West” is Hardly Racist

Last month Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If—” was scrubbed from a mural at Manchester University because students believed that Kipling stood “for the opposite of liberation, empowerment, and human rights.” But his “The Ballad of East and West” can hardly be racism.

Canada’s Supreme Court Ruling Is a Grave Blow to Religious Freedom—and Not Only in Canada - Trinity Western University
Canada’s Supreme Court Ruling Is a Grave Blow to Religious Freedom—and Not Only in Canada

In a case concerning a Christian university, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a ruling on June 15 that is a major blow to religious freedom.