Archive for: January, 2009

ANALYSIS: The Apocalyptic struggle between Jefferson's Wall and the Church

By Bill Cork – EXCERPT: "Let's be careful that we speak not only of religious liberty, but that we uphold the American tradition of separation of church and state as well. It has served us well. It allows individuals to be guided by their own religious teachings and morals, but it does not give a privileged place to any church. It affirms the freedom of individuals to believe, and to act in accordance with those beliefs, without fear. If that freedom is threatened–and I agree with Stafford that it is–then the solution is not to tear down the wall, but to build it even higher."

 
 

Workplace Discrimination Claims On the Rise (BeliefNet – RNS)

The proposed Workplace Religious Freedom Act would provide greater protections but has languished in Congress for more than a decade, despite broad bipartisan support and support from an unusually diverse range of religious groups.

 
 

US Says Kyrgyz Law Would Restrict Religious Freedom (VOA News)

U.S. lawmakers are urging Kyrgyzstan's president not to sign legislation they say will severely restrict religious freedom in the Central Asian country.

 
 

Religious group promotes new Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom that stands against secularism

Thanks to Pastor John Bechtel for forwarding information about a movement to expand the definition of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom to include more representation for religious ideas in government policy.  It is yet another volley in the culture wars between secularists and those who would seek to abolish the sepaaration of church and state.    The original Virginia […]

 
 

On Cardinal Stafford's Speech: Are the Church and the State on an Unavoidable Collision Course?

On November 13, 2008 J. Francis Cardinal Stafford spoke before the International Conference to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute on Marriage and the Family at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. His speech attracted singificant attention for its controversial viewpoint. You can read the full text of the speech by clicking here. Dr. Robert Moon, a member of the ReligiousLiberty.TV advisory panel responds.

 
 

Burma launches new crackdown on religious groups

EXCERPT: Burma's military junta has begun a new round of anti-Christian campaigning, pro-democracy activists have claimed. On Jan 13 the Democratic Voice of Burma reported the Ministry of Religious Affairs had ordered the closure of the city's house churches.

 
 

Human Rights Nightmare: Indian mafia gangs are deliberately crippling children for profit (DailyMail.co.uk)

EXCERPT: Now in hiding after being rescued from the hospital by a charity, Aamir is one of hundreds of Indian children deliberately crippled by gangs so they can earn extra money begging. He still struggles to talk about his experience.

 
 

Illinois law requiring moment of silence in public schools ruled unconstitutional

The court upheld the principle that students have a constitutional right to pray on their own at any time and that the government or the schools should not arbitrate when and how students pray.

 
 

Judge Bork predicts ‘terrible conflict' will endanger U.S. Catholics' religious freedom (CNA)

Former Supreme Court nominee Judge Robert Bork has predicted that upcoming legal battles will have significant ramifications for religious freedom. He names as issues of major concern the continued freedom of Catholic hospitals to refuse to perform abortions and the likely “terrible conflict” resulting from the advancement of homosexual rights.

 
 

The role of religion under Obama (CS Monitor)

The role of religion under Obama (CS Monitor)

WASHINGTON – After decades of ceding God to the GOP, at least in the public square, Democrats – with President Obama in the lead – are speaking with a fuller religious voice. The watchword? Inclusiveness.