Lincoln E. Steed
Lincoln E. Steed is the editor of Liberty magazine, a 200,000 circulation religious liberty journal which is distributed to political leaders, judiciary, lawyers and other thought leaders in North America. He is additionally the host of the weekly 3ABN television show "The Liberty Insider," and the radio program "Lifequest Liberty."
The State of the Union
Every now and then I feel bad about writing these editorials. For a very simple reason: I’m often the…
The Last Crusade
One of the enduring myths of the American story is that the United States is a Christian nation.
The cover illustration says it all. A simple monk on a mission. Ninety-five theses, or discussion points, in hand.
From a Distance
How can we maintain this bottom-line marker of “the dream” in a post-Reformation-awareness era?
As the World Turns
An executive order on religious freedom might not really be necessary if we had a Constitution. Sorry, we do—so why the order?
Meanwhile Back on Planet Earth
I have long noted that when looking at the state of religious liberty you can’t separate it from the general state of liberty and the prevailing state of affairs generally.
Cause and Effect
The election of 2016 may have shocked both winners and losers by its tone and radical transformation, but it was not as random as might appear.
Back to the Future
Hard to believe that it’s been 500 years since the Reformation! Or at least since the central, defining…
No King But Jesus
What a difference a decade and a half and a war on terror have wrought!
Re-Up the Contract
For years we’ve been told that Europe is secular—postmodern, godless, and even indifferent to…
May Our Tribe Increase
People of a certain age, and I include myself, still have problems with body tattoos and various piercings. People of a certain provenance, and I include myself, remember seeing this sort of thing on newsreel footage of cannibals in New Guinea. To see it now makes me wonder again about the real meaning of the phenomenon.
The King of Plains
he biblical book of Daniel tells a tale from the times of the Babylonian Empire under Nebuchadnezzar…
Justice and the Law
He was pugnacious. He was opinionated. He was humorous, but dangerous when provoked. And he had become…
Wars and Rumors
We need to watch this phase of modern warfare very closely, precisely because it is so loaded with faith imperatives: jihad, caliphate, Christian nation, exceptionalism, Western values, Promised Land, manifest destiny, and the constant invocation of good and evil.
Behold the Man
I was happy to see the pope treated with such dignity, even as I was uncomfortable at any religious leader being given a political pulpit.
If My People
It was the Elizabethan poet Thomas Dekker who wrote of the “merry month of May.” And so it must have…
Liberty Sentinels and Monuments To Freedom
The other day, as I passed by the nicely framed pictures of the ten Liberty editors from 1906 to the present, an inner voice suddenly brought me up with a simple, yet profound thought. There really should be eleven! Yes, what about Alonzo T. Jones?
A Time of Fire
These are challenging times, but times of opportunity at the same time. People want to think for themselves; not just what they are spoon-fed.
Groundhog Day, Again
History for some is a matter of personal convenience, undisturbed by reality.
It is hard to find anyone unashamedly opposed to religious liberty. It is becoming even harder to find…
Beginning of the End
We must not fall for the claim of the many false prophets in the different radical forms of faith that violence or force is no answer at all.
Off With Their Heads
Religious freedom has never been more needed than now. The fleeing columns of Christian refugees attest to its lack.
Getting That Old-Time Religion
We should challenge any effort to insert religious compulsion into the matter of statecraft.
Religious liberty is that most precious commodity; but one that is the most easily skewed from conscience to privilege, to entitlement, to demand upon other.
Beyond the 10/40 Window
Whenever religious freedom in the world is discussed today, it is hard to avoid the lack of freedom in the so-called 10/40 window world.
Fire in the Streets
Hundreds Dead After Street Clashes in Cairo.” Headlines such as that are attention-grabbers. Not only…
Not It At All
Religious liberty means so many different things to so many different people.
Civil and Religious Rights
This issue of liberty deals with the great heritage of civil and religious freedom. It didn’t come easy—it was a “battle.”
No Country For Old Men
After the shock of September 11, 2001, it would seem that a certain numbness of sensibility has allowed the world to absorb a succession of otherwise near apocalyptic events.
So often in the past we have called upon the “guardians” of the American experiment for their advice on what they meant by such things as democracy, freedom, and religious liberty.
A Nation Committed to Religious Freedom
Liberty editor Lincoln Steed interviewed Canadian Foreign Minister Baird after his dinner presentation
Under new health-care insurance requirements, church-run hospitals might be required to provide employees with insurance coverage for contraception! Roman Catholic hospitals were objecting that this denied their rights of religious freedom.
There are a myriad powerful forces working to push our world on to change and crisis -- a myriad interconnecting tendrils of "future shock."
Leading for Freedom
An interview with Ted N.C. Wilson, the world president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Faith in World’s Newest State
This country belongs to all of us,” affirmed President José Ramos-Horta of East Timor,…
This particular global religious snowstorm might easily render constitutional snowplows ineffective.
Gods and Generals
Old World/New World disparity can be as different as treasured paintings on a crumbling church wall in…
A Matter of History
I am writing this editorial while on vacation in France. More specifically it was written in the guest…
Nothing so defines the modern capital of the Dominican Republic as the Columbus monument, which dominates…
Not A Pretty Picture
What image do you put on the cover of a magazine like Liberty? We do put a lot of thought into what article…
Change You Can Believe In
A few weeks ago a fellow religious liberty activist and I exchanged words on the topic of California
Change: how's that for a politically charged title? In your eye, lawyers who might say that Liberty can't…
Something Borrowed, Somthing Blue
It says something about the blossoming relationship between the once firmly Protestant United States…
All Our Children
A few years ago, before the Iron Curtain/Berlin Wall collapsed, I visited Communist Bulgaria with my…
A New Look For Liberty
It is shocking to discover that one of the longest running offices of the Inquisition was in Lima, Peru.…
The Man on the White Horse!
Time for the cavalry? Since 9/11 it seems we've been living out a darker model of action. Sort of like…
The Dinosaur of Fundamentalism
A few days ago I went with my two children on a school outing to the Science Museum at the Baltimore…
The Point of Vanishing Interest
Oh, I admit it—my sense of humor sometimes runs to the ironic. And I blame my Australian origins…
The election of 2008 promises to be a historic one for a number of reasons. The campaign itself has set…
Matters of Faith
What is faith? What is religion? These questions are not as easily answered as you think. Faith—Jesus…
Benjamin Franklin knew a lot about kites and electricity. And he wrote enough pithy sayings to forever…
The True Believer
The other day I listened spellbound to an interview with Alvin Toeffler, author of the seminal book "Future…
Much Ado About Something
On September 12, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI provided what could easily be described as the most important…
Round Table For Religion
Rome has long cultivated an image as a gathering point for religious power. And of course that power…
Way back when we first heard the war drums for an invasion of Iraq, I had an interesting email exchange…
Behind the lectern and the platform seating area of the little Seventh-day Adventist church in Debary,…
The Tragic Flaw
Just a few days ago I walked alongside my father as hospital orderlies wheeled him into the operating…
The Ten Commandments Code
Well, at least the title caught your attention—a sure thing at a time when everything seems saturated…
Children seem to have an innate fascination with dinosaurs. I know this from my days as a book editor.…
Freedom and Tolerance
Does religion promote freedom and tolerance? It is a question that might be asked by any observer of the rioting that has followed publication of cartoons in Denmark that offend Muslims worldwide.
Has order been restored to the Supreme Court with the appointment of legal wunderkind John Roberts, and Samuel Alito an associate justice? After talk of the Nuclear Option, his easy confirmation seemed like the end of the cold war. The relatively collegia
Coming up for Air
In so many ways we seem at the flood stage of late. The December 2004 Tsunami gave reality to a global…
I know that many Christians were startled recently to hear televangelist Pat Robertson call for the elimination/assassination of President Chavez of Venezuela. Astute political observers know that such an idea is not exactly off the table: indeed; it was
After the Tsunami
Only weeks after the ravages of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Liberty editor Lincoln Steed visited Myanmar, Thailand, and Sri Lanka, countries with significant damage and loss of life. While he did see some of the devastation firsthand, and heard eyewitn
As we have been told innumerable times since September 11, 2001, "We are at war." If you read most any…
There is a surreal aspect to many of the events in our world of late. So many changes. So many alarms and threats. "The old order changeth," but what is to come?
According to the narrative in Exodus, Moses came down from Mount Sinai with two tablets of stone engraved by the finger of God Himself. The words on the stone were a visualization of the words that God had previously thundered out to the multitude gathere
The Next Wave
The wave first appeared as a dark shadow on the horizon that separates open sky from the deep. As it…
Can it really be so long since the U.S. presidential elections? What, all of two months! The attack rhetoric is all gone now and, uninterrupted by paid political ads, television programming is back to the usual numbing flicker. It's jingle bells and Auld
Faith in Politics
Henry David Thoreau once remarked on the "great flapping ear" of the American public wanting to know…
Behind Closed Doors
There are people who might argue that a discussion of the same-sex marriage issue does not belong in…
A Chaplain to the Senate
A conversation between Senate Chaplain Barry Black and Liberty editor Lincoln Steed.
Editorial - God, Country, and the Justices
In the public library with my children recently I spotted a DVD version of Gods and Generals. I've long…
Divided By Religion
As our jet descended rather noisily through thin cloud cover toward Ambon airport in the Maluku province of Indonesia, what we saw suggested a tropical paradise.
Editorial - A Divine Imperative
They brought Jesus before the Roman Governor in the great judgment hall early Friday morning. Before…
Written In The Heart
Those who study human behavior as a science often comment on the destructive power of guilt. Unresolved guilt can destroy self-respect and create dangerous pathologies.
Editorial - Executive Summary
This morning I unpacked my latest cell phone and tried to turn it on. And tried and tried. To no avail! I pushed every likely button in hopes of getting power up. I even read the summary sheet for start-up. It was cryptic and unhelpful. Finally I called t
Editorial - Access Denied
Like any parent, I want the best for my children. I want to give them every opportunity our society and my means can provide. I want to protect them from harm and insult, which often carries greater harm than a bruising tumble. I want them to have high va
Liberty Celebrated on Capitol Hill
The United States Senate caucus room is the sort of marble-floored, wood-paneled location one associates with events of great moment. Indeed, it was from this room that John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for the presidency; it was in this room that t
Editorial - Body and Spirit
Way back in the wobbly days before the operation to free Iraq from Saddam Hussein I read a rather confident…
My title should be an oxymoron. Most religions, based on the spiritual well-being and eternal security…
Where we will be when you read these words I cannot quite say. It was not lightly that we chose to banner "war and peace" on the cover of this issue. Of course that bannering relates to the personal moral dilemma faith and patriotism can create in times o
Editorial - Just War
Christian militarism surely cannot derive from the teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus taught peace and nonviolence–and indeed, a certain disinterest in secular state matters. At His arrest His disciple Peter seized a sword and struck out at a Temple g
Editorial - For Such a Time as This
Since 9/11 2001 we have each been caught up in the sense of crisis, a world in jeopardy, and the forces of history turning once again. Here in North America we live in the knowledge that our towers of invulnerability have fallen...they were always vulnera
Monday, July 16, 2001 12:00 noon: I'm at the U.S. Capitol to sit in on a press briefing in room H-157.…
By the People
By the People By Lincoln E. Steed At first I thought the interview on BBC Shortwave radio was with an…
Tis the Season
By the People By Lincoln E. Steed A cold Christmas we had of it; what with plummeting economic indicators,…
Winds of Change
And the bombing continues. And we begin to fear everything from anthrax in the air to the omnipresent bogeyman, so easily conjured up from the repressed fears of childhood. And are we still free?
Keep the Faith, Liberty!
I returned home that evening, numbed by the enormity of what I had witnessed, but anxious that Christopher,…
In Their Own Words - Editorial
Some politically inclined religionists have attempted to convert the founders
Original Intent - Editorial
To be sure, there is great security in constitutional interpretation that is based on a close textual…
Exorcizing Charitable Choice - Editorial
Many of us approached the year 2000 with millennial fears of computer hell and the meltdown of modern…
Convergence and Conflict
This morning that potential for mischief was realized. There was a terrible almost head-on collision,…
The moment had a surreal quality to it. It happened at Phoenix airport back in March. In transit on my…
Perhaps the fog of time has managed to blur the reality of presidential elections past in my memory.…
Suddenly time is everything, and all-consuming. This once-in-a-lifetime passage--no, that's hopelessly…