Archive for: March, 2011

Conversation is the True Work of Peacemaking – Huffington Post

Last week I spent three days at a gathering of the leaders of the Religious Peace Fellowships in Stony Point, N.Y. There were representatives from more than a dozen Christian denominations — from Catholic and Orthodox to Mennonite and Brethren — as well as Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist peace fellowships. And me, from the Adventist Peace Fellowship. It was the first time such a gathering had taken place in many years. It was clear that while peacemaking in our increasingly violent world was an urgent priority for all of us, working together across denominational and religious lines was something we didn't understand as well.

 
 

Religious Liberty Dinner – April 5, 2011

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Article18: Thailand Part 1 — Dissenters Arrested for Insulting the Monarchy; Malay Insurgents Continue Terror Campaign in South

Article18: Thailand Part 1 — Dissenters Arrested for Insulting the Monarchy; Malay Insurgents Continue Terror Campaign in South

By Martin Surridge – On Tuesday I returned from one of the most beautiful and enchanting countries in Southeast Asia–Thailand–a country known for its spicy cuisine, tropical mountainous rainforests, marvelous Buddhist temples, and the cosmopolitan city of Bangkok. But there's much more to Thailand than the glossy posters in the travel agent's window.        This is Article18-RLTV's weekly […]

 
 

Obama Administration Changes Its Approach to the Defense of Marriage Act

Obama Administration Changes Its Approach to the Defense of Marriage Act

During the brief window between the California Supreme Court's decision finding a ban on same-sex marriage in violation of the California Constitution on May 15, 2008 and the ballot-initiative amending said constitution on November 5, 2008, Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer got married.

While same-sex marriages during this window period have been recognized in California since they were presumably "constitutional," the newlyweds filed a case against the federal government in state court that was transferred upon motion of the federal government into federal court alleging that "the refusal of all states and jurisdictions" to recognize the validity of their marriage resulted in the denial of their marriage status by other states, and federal rights and benefits that other married couples received so long as they were of the opposite sex.

 
 

Advanced Citizenship: The Cost of Free Speech in America

By Jason Hines – One of my favorite movies is "The American President," (1995) starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening. It is the story of a widowed president who falls in love with a liberal lobbyist. He struggles to navigate his relationship with her while also doing his job as the President. It's a good movie, you should see it […]

 
 

New book addresses Conscientious Objection in today's military

New book addresses Conscientious Objection in today's military

Since its organization in 1863 the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been counter cultural.  In its Christian witness to modern society it has advocated keeping the seventh-day Sabbath, vegetarianism, abstinence from tobacco and alcohol and refusal of its members to bear arms.  But the stance on the refusal to bear arms has seen a metamorphous in modern times.  Today more Seventh-day […]

 
 

The End of the Community Action Program?

By Monte Sahlin – One of the items on the hit list of the new majority in the House of Representatives to "balance the budget" is the Community Action Program (CAP) or what is currently labeled Community Service Block Grants. This is a program begun in the 1960s in the Lyndon Johnson administration. It is a nearly unique program in […]