Archive for: December, 2009

Report says 225,000 Haiti children work as slaves (AP)

From http://​www​.chron​.com/​d​i​s​p​/​s​t​o​r​y​.​m​p​l​/​a​p​/​l​a​t​i​n​a​m​e​r​i​c​a​/​6​7​8​3​4​1​5​.​h​tml EXCERPT: The report rec­om­mends Haiti’s gov­ern­ment and inter­na­tional donors focus efforts on edu­cat­ing the poor and expand­ing social ser­vices such as shel­ters for girls, who make up an esti­mated two-thirds of the child ser­vant pop­u­la­tion. Researchers said the prac­tice is so com­mon that almost half of 257 chil­dren inter­viewed in the sprawl­ing Port-au-Prince shan­ty­town of Cite Soleil were […]


Dr. Adrian Westney Passes Away

Dr. Adrian Westney Passes Away

      Dr. Adrian Theophilus West­ney passed away at the age of 82 on Decem­ber 14, 2009 after hav­ing served the Seventh-day Adven­tist Church and the cause of reli­gious free­dom for over 60 years. Before com­ing to the United States in 1960, West­ney planted churches and pas­tored in his home­land of Jamaica, as well as in Bar­ba­dos and Guyana. He earned […]


Event “Slavery: The Fight We Thought Was Over” — Walla Walla — January 14–18, 2010

Event “Slavery: The Fight We Thought Was Over” — Walla Walla — January 14–18, 2010

    SHELTER FOR FREEDOM  “Slav­ery: The Fight We Thought Was Over” FILM: “Cargo: Inno­cence Lost” Walla Walla Uni­ver­sity & Whit­man Col­lege Jan­u­ary 14–18, 2010 Walla Walla, WA           All the fol­low­ing events are free except for Film Screen­ing and Recep­tion.   EVENTS TO BENEFITS WALLA WALLA HELPLINE WOMEN’S SHELTER     Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 14, 7:00 pm, Vil­lage Hall, Walla Walla Uni­ver­sity Seminar […]


Cargo: Innocence Lost Movie

Cargo: Inno­cence Lost – Film screen­ing — Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 16, 5:00 pm, Cordiner Hall, Whit­man Col­lege — Doc­u­men­tary by Michael Cory Davis on human traf­fick­ing in the United States — Anne Archer will intro­duce the film and Michael Cory Davis — Panel dis­cus­sion to fol­low fea­tur­ing Anne Archer, Michael Cory Davis and law enforce­ment, slav­ery advo­cates and oth­ers with knowl­edge of human […]


Jan Paulsen on Freedon

Pas­tor Jan Paulsen, world pres­i­dent of the Seventh-day Adven­tist Church dis­cusses free­dom as a foun­da­tional value for human dignity.


Faith, Freedom, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor (Liberty Magazine)

By David A. Pendle­ton — Ever since Pres­i­dent Barack Obama nom­i­nated Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court, the chat­ter­ing classes have spec­u­lated end­lessly regard­ing the impact she might have on the future of Amer­i­can jurispru­dence.  She would bring wide-ranging expe­ri­ences to the Court: pros­e­cu­tor, civil lit­i­ga­tor, fed­eral trial judge, fed­eral appel­late judge, law school instruc­tor, and His­panic woman. […]


Michigan Church Has the Right to Help Poor People, ACLU Tells Court (ACLU Release)

Con­gress enacted the Reli­gious Land Use Act to pro­tect the fun­da­men­tal right of free­dom of reli­gion,” said Dan Korobkin, an ACLU of Michi­gan staff attor­ney who is rep­re­sent­ing the church. “Churches and other reli­gious insti­tu­tions have the right to use their prop­erty to exer­cise their reli­gious beliefs — which in this case entails pro­vid­ing char­i­ta­ble ser­vices to the poor and underprivileged.”


China and a Canadian Newspaper call for worldwide one-child policy

This comes from the left end of the polit­i­cal spec­trum and presents what may sim­ply be rhetor­i­cal pos­tur­ing, or a har­bin­ger of the next big issue.  Aside from a one-child pol­icy we can expect it to trickle into areas hav­ing to do with euthana­sia, health care, etc.  China has recently been call­ing for an inter­na­tional one-child pol­icy as an answer to global warming, […]


Pastor Boissoin’s Lawyer: Case Will Positively Impact Religious Freedom in Canada (LifeSiteNews)

From http://​www​.life​site​news​.com/​l​d​n​/​2​0​0​9​/​d​e​c​/​0​9​1​2​0​7​0​6​.​h​tml EXCERPT: CALGARY, Decem­ber 7, 2009 (Life​Site​News​.com) — Ger­ald Chipeur, the lawyer who rep­re­sented Pas­tor Stephen Bois­soin, has said that the recent rul­ing in favor of Mr. Bois­soin “will have a sig­nif­i­cant long term pos­i­tive impact on reli­gious free­dom in Canada.” Pas­tor Bois­soin was exon­er­ated by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge last week after being sub­jected to the pro­ceed­ings of […]


The Manhattan Declaration: Approach with Caution

We have no rea­son to doubt that those who drafted and are sign­ing the Dec­la­ra­tion are sin­cere and try­ing to do what they believe is best for Amer­ica. There are many good rea­sons why it may seem a good idea, but we should raise a voice of cau­tion regard­ing the unin­tended con­se­quences of this approach. Chris­tians tempted to set aside the­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences, which include dif­fer­ences in how grace and sal­va­tion are viewed so sig­nif­i­cant that they led to the bat­tles of the Ref­or­ma­tion and Inqui­si­tion, and unite on points held in com­mon in order to change soci­ety should recall the unholy results of such unions. From a Chris­t­ian per­spec­tive, gov­ern­ment and even church edicts can­not change hearts, only God can.