• EDITORIAL: To Preserve Faith, Keep Church and State Separate
  • 7th Circuit Rules Challengers to Ministerial Housing Exemption Lacked Standing
  • Hard-fought religious freedom something to celebrate this Thanksgiving
  • Religious Freedom Advocate Lee Boothby Dies
  • Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood
  • EDITORIAL: To Preserve Faith, Keep Church and State Separate

    EDITORIAL: To Preserve Faith, Keep Church and State Separate

    Last week, World­Net­Daily pub­lished an edi­to­r­ial by Scott Lively where he scolds Amer­i­can Chris­tians for allow­ing reli­gious plu­ral­ism to become accepted. Reli­gious plu­ral­ism, Lively argues, vio­lates the First Com­mand­ment which states, “Thou shall have no other gods before Me.”

    In his arti­cle, enti­tled “The Deadly ‘Reli­gious Lib­erty’ Trap,” Lively argues that the “wall of sep­a­ra­tion of church and state” metaphor had been wrong­fully used as a “as a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for declar­ing all reli­gions to be equal with Chris­tian­ity in Amer­ica, and equally sub­servient to sec­u­lar human­ist authority.”

    Lively’s solu­tion to this sit­u­a­tion “is to stop argu­ing for ‘reli­gious lib­erty’ and resume our procla­ma­tion of the supe­ri­or­ity of Christ and His Word over all oppos­ing faiths (along with tol­er­ance for peo­ple of other faiths – that’s how it worked before [Ever­son v Board of Edu­ca­tion (1947)]. Its goal must be noth­ing less than an offi­cial reaf­fir­ma­tion of the Bible as our legal and cul­tural foun­da­tion, which would require over­turn­ing Ever­son and its juridi­cal progeny.”

  • 7th Circuit Rules Challengers to Ministerial Housing Exemption Lacked Standing

    7th Circuit Rules Challengers to Ministerial Housing Exemption Lacked Standing

    On Novem­ber 13, 2014, the Sev­enth Cir­cuit Court of Appeals ruled that an athe­ist group chal­leng­ing a tax-exempt hous­ing ben­e­fit only avail­able to clergy lacked stand­ing to bring the suit because mem­bers of the athe­ist group could not demon­strate that they had suf­fered an injury as a result of the clergy tax-exemption.

  • Hard-fought religious freedom something to celebrate this Thanksgiving

    Hard-fought religious freedom something to celebrate this Thanksgiving

    House­holds through­out the United States are cel­e­brat­ing a pres­i­den­tially des­ig­nated Thanks­giv­ing Day. It pro­vides us an oppor­tu­nity to reflect on the bless­ings we enjoy as a nation and personally.

    The his­tory of this hol­i­day goes back to the arrival of the Pil­grims at Ply­mouth, Mass., in the late autumn of 1620. Although the New World saw inter­mit­tent Euro­pean activ­ity after the arrival of Christo­pher Colum­bus in 1492, in the minds of many, Amer­i­can his­tory truly began with the Pilgrims.

    Because most of the occu­pants of the Mayflower had belonged to a per­se­cuted reli­gious minor­ity in Eng­land — Con­gre­ga­tion­al­ists, part of the dis­sent­ing church move­ment — they came seek­ing free­dom to prac­tice reli­gion in con­cert with each individual’s own con­science. But the Pil­grims’ quest was by no means the only rea­son Amer­ica came to be viewed as a shel­ter from reli­gious per­se­cu­tion and intolerance.

  • Religious Freedom Advocate Lee Boothby Dies

    Religious Freedom Advocate Lee Boothby Dies

    On Novem­ber 6, 2014, attor­ney Lee Boothby died at the age of 81 in Berrien Springs, Michi­gan. Boothby was known for his relent­less advo­cacy for reli­gious liberty.

  • Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood

    Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood

    The legal sta­tus of the unborn child is not as clear as most peo­ple think. There are glar­ing incon­sis­ten­cies in the way that the law is prac­ticed, even in states with lib­eral abor­tion poli­cies. For instance, if a per­son kills a fetus in Cal­i­for­nia with­out the con­sent of the preg­nant woman or for med­ical neces­sity it is con­sid­ered mur­der under Penal Code sec­tion 187. This is why Scott Peter­son was con­victed for double-homicide when he killed his preg­nant wife, Laci, in 2002. This Jan­u­ary in Florida, John Andrew Wel­don was sen­tenced to 14 years in fed­eral prison when he tricked his preg­nant girl­friend into tak­ing abortion-causing drugs, lead­ing to the mis­car­riage of her 6-week-old fetus.

 

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EDITORIAL: To Preserve Faith, Keep Church and State Separate

EDITORIAL: To Preserve Faith, Keep Church and State Separate

Last week, World­Net­Daily pub­lished an edi­to­r­ial by Scott Lively where he scolds Amer­i­can Chris­tians for allow­ing reli­gious plu­ral­ism to become accepted. Reli­gious plu­ral­ism, Lively argues, vio­lates the First Com­mand­ment which states, “Thou shall have no other gods before Me.”

In his arti­cle, enti­tled “The Deadly ‘Reli­gious Lib­erty’ Trap,” Lively argues that the “wall of sep­a­ra­tion of church and state” metaphor had been wrong­fully used as a “as a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for declar­ing all reli­gions to be equal with Chris­tian­ity in Amer­ica, and equally sub­servient to sec­u­lar human­ist authority.”

Lively’s solu­tion to this sit­u­a­tion “is to stop argu­ing for ‘reli­gious lib­erty’ and resume our procla­ma­tion of the supe­ri­or­ity of Christ and His Word over all oppos­ing faiths (along with tol­er­ance for peo­ple of other faiths – that’s how it worked before [Ever­son v Board of Edu­ca­tion (1947)]. Its goal must be noth­ing less than an offi­cial reaf­fir­ma­tion of the Bible as our legal and cul­tural foun­da­tion, which would require over­turn­ing Ever­son and its juridi­cal progeny.”

 
 

7th Circuit Rules Challengers to Ministerial Housing Exemption Lacked Standing

7th Circuit Rules Challengers to Ministerial Housing Exemption Lacked Standing

On Novem­ber 13, 2014, the Sev­enth Cir­cuit Court of Appeals ruled that an athe­ist group chal­leng­ing a tax-exempt hous­ing ben­e­fit only avail­able to clergy lacked stand­ing to bring the suit because mem­bers of the athe­ist group could not demon­strate that they had suf­fered an injury as a result of the clergy tax-exemption.

 
 

Hard-fought religious freedom something to celebrate this Thanksgiving

Hard-fought religious freedom something to celebrate this Thanksgiving

House­holds through­out the United States are cel­e­brat­ing a pres­i­den­tially des­ig­nated Thanks­giv­ing Day. It pro­vides us an oppor­tu­nity to reflect on the bless­ings we enjoy as a nation and personally.

The his­tory of this hol­i­day goes back to the arrival of the Pil­grims at Ply­mouth, Mass., in the late autumn of 1620. Although the New World saw inter­mit­tent Euro­pean activ­ity after the arrival of Christo­pher Colum­bus in 1492, in the minds of many, Amer­i­can his­tory truly began with the Pilgrims.

Because most of the occu­pants of the Mayflower had belonged to a per­se­cuted reli­gious minor­ity in Eng­land — Con­gre­ga­tion­al­ists, part of the dis­sent­ing church move­ment — they came seek­ing free­dom to prac­tice reli­gion in con­cert with each individual’s own con­science. But the Pil­grims’ quest was by no means the only rea­son Amer­ica came to be viewed as a shel­ter from reli­gious per­se­cu­tion and intolerance.

 
 

Religious Freedom Advocate Lee Boothby Dies

Religious Freedom Advocate Lee Boothby Dies

On Novem­ber 6, 2014, attor­ney Lee Boothby died at the age of 81 in Berrien Springs, Michi­gan. Boothby was known for his relent­less advo­cacy for reli­gious liberty.

 
 

Breaking News: Facing National Pressure, Houston Mayor Drops Subpoenas of Pastors

On Octo­ber 29, 2014, Hous­ton mayor Anissa Parker announced that she is ask­ing city attor­neys to drop the con­tro­ver­sial sub­poena of pas­tors’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Parker claimed the sub­poe­nas were still appro­pri­ate but that she did not “want to have a national debate on free­dom of reli­gion when my pur­pose is to defend … a city ordi­nance.” Read more at Chris­tian­ity Today.

 
 

Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood

Unsettled and Inconsistent Law: Fetal Rights and Personhood

The legal sta­tus of the unborn child is not as clear as most peo­ple think. There are glar­ing incon­sis­ten­cies in the way that the law is prac­ticed, even in states with lib­eral abor­tion poli­cies. For instance, if a per­son kills a fetus in Cal­i­for­nia with­out the con­sent of the preg­nant woman or for med­ical neces­sity it is con­sid­ered mur­der under Penal Code sec­tion 187. This is why Scott Peter­son was con­victed for double-homicide when he killed his preg­nant wife, Laci, in 2002. This Jan­u­ary in Florida, John Andrew Wel­don was sen­tenced to 14 years in fed­eral prison when he tricked his preg­nant girl­friend into tak­ing abortion-causing drugs, lead­ing to the mis­car­riage of her 6-week-old fetus.

 
 

Adventist Pastor In Ukraine Released from Detention (ANN)

Octo­ber 16, 2014 — Adven­tist News Net­work ergei Litovchenko, pas­tor of the Hor­livka Seventh-day Adven­tist Church in east­ern Ukraine, has been released and is being reunited with his fam­ily after 20 days of deten­tion. Local Church and fam­ily mem­bers would like to thank Adven­tists and oth­ers who have prayed for his free­dom through­out the ordeal. “We are very happy to know […]

 
 

Seven California churches sue to keep from funding abortion

A cam­paign against the state of Cal­i­for­nia man­dat­ing abor­tion cov­er­age in insur­ance plans is inten­si­fy­ing. Sev­eral com­plaints have been filed with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to keep it from vio­lat­ing what Chris­t­ian legal groups con­sider American’s fun­da­men­tal rights and go against their reli­giously held beliefs and conscience.

 
 

Should ministers at for-profit wedding chapels be compelled to perform same-sex ceremonies?

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Two ordained min­is­ters, Don­ald and Eve­lyn Knapp, who oper­ate a for-profit wed­ding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho were threat­ened with a mis­de­meanor charge for refus­ing to per­form same-sex mar­riage cer­e­monies. The Knapps responded by fil­ing a law­suit and a motion for a tem­po­rary restrain­ing order against the city in the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Idaho.

 
 

Many Reasons to Celebrate Constitution

We loudly cel­e­brate July 4 because on that day in 1776, our fore­bears declared their inde­pen­dence from Great Britain. But it was the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of our Con­sti­tu­tion on Sept. 17, 1787, that dic­tated what kind of gov­ern­ment the recently lib­er­ated colonists — and you and I — would live under.