Archive for: August, 2009

Adventist Golfer put his faith ahead of on-course success (Tulsa World)

 EXCERPT: A FIELD OF 312 golfers will tee off Monday in the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills and Cedar Ridge. One of them – 24-year-old Louie Bishop of Murrieta, Calif. – knows he has zero chance of advancing to Sunday's finals and, yes, he's at peace with that. Bishop is a Seventh-day Adventist. He doesn't compete on Saturdays because of […]

 
 

Religious-freedom groups mourn Kennedy, cite church-state views (ABP)

EXCERPT: . . . The late senator "was a great champion of church-state separation," said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in a preparedstatement. "It's not just that he consistently voted to support that principle — he really got it. He deeply understood that only a high and firm wall of separation between […]

 
 

Bill would give president emergency control of Internet (CNET)

  EXCERPT:    Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.     They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a […]

 
 

‘We have so many uncanonised martyrs' – Christians in Pakistan are living in daily fear of violence from extremists (Catholic Herald)

Sister Janet Fearns, communications coordinator of Missio writes about the extent of religious persecution in Pakistan.  A link to the full article follows this excerpt: 'I am sorry I could not speak to you then because we were just about to begin the funeral service for Irfan, an 11-year-old boy who was shot in the head passed away yesterday." That was […]

 
 

Charles Colson on media indifference to international religious freedom

Charles Colson recently wrote an interesting editorial on the media's non-response to religious freedom issues in India.  Here is an excerpt followed by a link to the full article: In 1998, Congress created the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Its mandate was to "monitor the status of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief abroad." Part of […]

 
 

Open Forum: What does religious freedom mean to you?

Here is how some members of our Facebook community responded to the question, "What does religious freedom mean to you?" William Brooks: I once heard a pastor speak on religious liberty and its meaning, and since then, I have claim this meaning for myself."Religious liberty means, I am free worship as I please, or to go fishing." To me, we have the freedom […]

 
 

Tennesee governor signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law

Tennesee governor signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law

  On July 1, 2009, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.  Introduced in February, House Bill 1598 requires Tennessee courts to apply the "compelling state interest" test to cases in which a law substantially burdens one's right of free exercise of religion. The state now has the burden of proving that the law furthers a […]

 
 

Arthur Caplan – The Bioethics of Engineering Children

 
 

First religious liberty festival in Jerusalem draws hundreds (ANN)

First religious liberty festival in Jerusalem draws hundreds  (ANN)

Source: Adventist News Network   Hundreds of religious liberty proponents from Israel and the Palestinian Territories gathered in Jerusalem Sunday for the symbolic city's first festival of religious freedom. The event generated a "climate of good understanding" among attendees that organizers hope will spur increased tolerance in the region, said John Graz, secretary-general for the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA), […]

 
 

Baptists Mark 400th Anniversary, Celebrate Religious Freedom (BeliefNet)

EXCERPT:  UTRECHT, Netherlands — (RNS/ENI) Four hundred years after the first Baptist congregation was established, followers have been challenged to continue championing religious liberty. "We as Baptists must continue to defend religious freedom for all peoples and all religions," said Denton Lotz, the former general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance, at a special service held last Thursday (July 30) […]