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Benedict Option Is 'Spiritually Lazy,' Christians Shouldn't Withdraw From Politics, Scholars Say

Scholars and defenders of religious liberty are responding to a bestselling book that argues Christians should strategically and temporarily withdraw from politics, calling its implications "spiritually lazy."

At a panel discussion sponsored by The Institute on Religion and Democracy at the National Press Club Wednesday night before a crowd of 75 people, five panelists offered both praise and criticisms of Rod Dreher's book The Benedict Option, which has received considerable buzz this year.

The book explains at great length how dramatically American culture has shifted away from Judeo-Christian norms and argues that Christians who value theological orthodoxy must create conscience-forming communities patterned after Benedict of Nursia, an Italian monk who lived from 487-547. Such an effort is necessary if the Christian faith is to survive the onslaught from an increasingly hostile secular progressives.

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Canadian Pastors Call for the Same Religious Freedoms Granted Today by President Trump

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today rescinding the notorious Johnson Amendment to the IRS tax code that allowed the government to attack religious organizations if its leaders spoke for or against any political leader.

President Trump cited the numerous abuses where the government had attacked Martin Luther King Jr, Little Sisters of the Poor and 50 other religious organizations. President Trump called for an end to such attacks by removing the government's authority to do so while he trumpeted the fact that America was built upon the foundation of religious freedom.

As the President of the Evangelical Association, its 1,150 pastors and Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies and its 6,120 graduates in ministry, Dr. Charles McVety states "Canada's Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, speech and association in section 2 and equality in section 14 therefore on behalf of my pastors and religious leaders across Canada, I ask Prime Minister Trudeau to fulfill his election campaign promise and remove CRA's authority to punish charities for speaking out. In addition I believe it was wrong for former Prime Minister Harper to target sixty charities for punitive measures as all charities must be afforded the same freedom that all Canadians experience."

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President Trump Signs Religious Liberty Executive Order

President Donald Trump on Thursday made good on a promise to allow religious organizations greater freedom in political speech.

"Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation," Trump said in the Rose Garden at a National Day of Prayer event with religious leaders and White House staff. "We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore."

The president declared his administration would be "leading by example" on religious liberty in the United States.

"We are giving our churches their voices back," Trump said.

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