Archive for: August, 2010

9th Circuit: World Vision Can Continue Faith-Based Hiring

On August 23, 2010, the 9th Cir­cuit Court of Appeals ruled that World Vision is a reli­gious orga­ni­za­tion and is there­fore exempt from Title VII pro­hi­bi­tions on reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion. Three  for­mer employ­ees Sil­via Spencer, Ted Young­berg, and Vicki Hulse had had filed suit against the well-known human­i­tar­ian orga­ni­za­tion in 2007, claim­ing they had been vic­tims of reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion when they were […]


Islamophobia: Stoking Fears about an American Community

As a coun­try that has long prided itself on rep­re­sent­ing a supe­rior national enter­prise, we must learn from our past. We have not yet taken uncon­scionable mea­sures against our Mus­lim cit­i­zens and must avoid doing so at all costs. As our his­tory indi­cates, our Con­sti­tu­tional val­ues may well be at stake when we fear and sin­gle out an Amer­i­can com­mu­nity. The following […]


Mau-Mauing the Mosque: The dispute over the “Ground Zero mosque” is an object lesson in how not to resist intolerance. (Slate)

By Christo­pher Hitchens Read the full arti­cle here: http://​www​.slate​.com/​i​d​/​2​2​6​3​334 EXCERPTS: The dis­pute over the con­struc­tion of an Islamic cen­ter at “Ground Zero” in Lower Man­hat­tan has now sunk to a level of stu­pid­ity that really does shame the mem­ory and the vic­tims of that ter­ri­ble day in Sep­tem­ber 2001. One might think that a mosque or madrassa was being pro­posed in the […]


Religious intolerance now driving persecution of minorities across the world (Minority Rights Group)

State of the World’s Minori­ties and Indige­nous Peo­ples 2010reports that the rise of reli­gious nation­al­ism, the eco­nomic mar­gin­al­iza­tion of reli­gious minori­ties and the abuse of counter-terrorism laws have all led to a grow­ing pat­tern of per­se­cu­tion against reli­gious minori­ties globally.


A Christian Nation: But Which Christianity? (Baptist Joint Committee)

A Chris­t­ian Nation: But Which Chris­tian­ity? from Jeff Huett on Vimeo. Mer­cer Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent William D. Under­wood deliv­ers the keynote address at the 2010 Reli­gious Lib­erty Coun­cil Lun­cheon in Char­lotte, North Car­olina. (Read more at BJCOn​line​.org)


An Analysis of the Results of the Federal Prop 8 Same-Sex Marriage Trial

In short, Judge Walker ruled based on the evi­dence pre­sented, as any trial judge should, and regard­less of his own per­sonal sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or biases, Prop 8 sup­port­ers sim­ply did not make a viable case for them­selves. Slo­ga­neer­ing may have won the elec­tion but did not win a trial where real evi­dence was required. Prop 8 sup­port­ers may later look at the rul­ing and claim it was wrongly decided but as this essay points out, the real­ity is that they did a poor job pre­sent­ing their evi­dence and only put two wit­nesses on the stand, both of whom had pre­vi­ously writ­ten state­ments that con­tra­dicted their tes­ti­mony in favor of Prop 8. When both of these wit­nesses were neu­tral­ized, Prop 8 advo­cates had noth­ing left with which to prove their case and any effort by any judge to add in facts to uphold Prop 8 would have been the very def­i­n­i­tion of judi­cial activism.


Transcript of Mayor Bloomberg’s Speech on Ground Zero Mosque

Deliv­ered August 3, 2010 at Gov­er­nors Island in New York. “For that rea­son, I believe that this is an impor­tant test of the sep­a­ra­tion of church and state as we may see in our life­times, as impor­tant a test. And it is crit­i­cally impor­tant that we get it right. “On Sept. 11, 2001, thou­sands of first respon­ders hero­ically rushed to the scene and saved […]


Mayor Bloomberg Gives Stirring Speech on Mosque