Archive for: January, 2009

QUOTATION: A man who cannot be enticed by money . . .

"A man who cannot be enticed by money or intimidated by the threat of jail or death has two of the strongest weapons that anyone has to offer." – Jesse Jackson


Workplace Religious Accommodation: Man Refuses to Drive 'No God' Bus (BBC)

A Christian bus driver has refused to drive a bus with an atheist slogan proclaiming "There's probably no God".


RITSEMA: Supreme Court deals death blow to the 4th Amendment (Civics News)

RITSEMA: Supreme Court deals death blow to the 4th Amendment (Civics News)

Now, any the time that law enforcement makes a "mistake" that prevents them from doing a proper search, they will get away with it, and the evidence can be admitted into the court proceedings. The incentive to do the search in a legal fashion has now been removed; instead, and an incentive to do illegal searches and then say "oops" has now been introduced.


Barack Obama on Religious Tolerance and Persecution

Obama: Over time, what we are doing is setting up new norms and creating a universal principle that people's faith and people's beliefs have to be protected.


The Passing of Richard John Neuhaus (1936 – 2009)

On January 8, 2009, Richard John Neuhaus, 72, the intellectual force behind an influential coalition between Catholics and Protestants passed away after a long battle with cancer.


Celebrate Religious Freedom Day on January 16

Since 1993 each year, the President declares January 16th to be "Religious Freedom Day," and calls upon Americans to "observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools, and places of worship."


Lawsuit filed to remove "So help me God" from inaugural oath (USA Today)

A George Washington myth bites the dust: There's no eyewitness documentation he ever added "So help me God" to the end of his constitutionally prescribed oath of office. The oath is in the news now that California atheist activist Michael Newdow – last seen in the headlines trying to knock "Under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance (full story) […]


RITSEMA: Tracking Pat Robertson's Shift to the Left

OPINION – Pat Robertson, one of those Christian spokesmen that makes Christians cringe every time he opens his mouth, has struck again. At least he's not calling for violence…this time.


New law in Russia ends jury trials for 'crimes against state' (LA Times)

Reporting from Moscow — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev paused in the last, quiet hours of a dying year to sign into law a controversial bill that eliminates jury trials for "crimes against the state," a move that lawyers and human rights groups fear will be the start of a dangerous exertion of Kremlin control over government critics.


It is a sad reflection of our time that Che Guevara is seen as a hero (Telegraph)

Two new films out this month give the full Hollywood treatment to two very different military and political heroes. By Nigel Jones It is a sad reflection of the warped moral mirror of our time that it is Guevara, the squalid killer and totalitarian tyrant, who remains, more than 40 years after his death, the iconic emblem of ignorant idealists […]