Archive for: April, 2012

Smelling an Old Man's Feet: Reflections on Footwashing, the Ordinance of Humility

Smelling an Old Man's Feet: Reflections on Footwashing, the Ordinance of Humility

By Martin Surridge – While the state of some feet and certain odors might not be too pleasant, some are downright ugly; the ritual itself is incredibly beautiful. I am reminded of both Christ washing our sins away and the spiritual importance of serving the elderly and helping others. It makes me sad when I see how many people skip out on this opportunity because of feelings of embarrassment. I won't argue that the process isn't uncomfortable; however, there is incredible value in such discomfort. Following the words of Christ—turning the other cheek, loving our enemies, rejecting the ways of the world—are not supposed to be easy instructions.

 
 

Sikh Group Develops App to Report Airport Profiling (CNN)

EXCERPT: Airline travelers who feel they've been harassed at airport check-ins by screeners now have a speedier outlet on which to complain right at their fingertips. The Sikh Coalition, a civil rights advocacy group, on Monday released a mobile application on iPhones and Android phones giving passengers who feel they've been racially or religiously profiled a way to speak out […]

 
 

Tom McClintock – CISPA Cyber-security Bill – A Truly Orwellian Measure

Speech Made by Congressman Tom McClintock from the House Floor on April 27, 2012

 
 

Pepperdine Conference Addresses The Claims of Law and Religion

EXCERPT: "The problem is that there isn't an understanding among the general public of the heart of the issue,"said Michael Peabody (JD '01), an employment attorney with Bradford & Barthel, LLP in Tarzana, California. "These issues become heated conflicts. When they hit the news, people become angry. They feel that their way of life is being threatened. But the issue […]

 
 

Key California Committee Passes Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Key California Committee Passes Workplace Religious Freedom Act

Photo Credit www.istockphoto.com/ Amelia Johnson n August 2010, Noor Abdallah, a Muslim woman who worked as a hostess at Disneyland's Grand Californian hotel complained that Disney had refused to allow her to wear her hijab, or headscarf, which she wore as a sign of modesty in front of her customers. Disney, which had been working to accommodate her, found a […]

 
 

June is National Torture Awareness Month

June is National Torture Awareness Month

Join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) and congregations across the country in marking Torture Awareness Month this June.  Under the theme "2012 – Confronting the Culture of Torture," NRCAT has provided a variety of resources and suggested activities that congregations can use throughout the month. Worship resources; DVDs with discussion guides; banners, posters and bumper stickers; and resources for grassroots […]

 
 

Taking Alarm: The Importance of the International Religious Liberty Association

“It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and the noblest characteristic of the American Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and avoided the consequences by denying the principles.”

 
 

Interfaith Moral Action on Climate to Meet April 24 in Washington, DC

After God created the world and all that is in it, He gave it to mankind to cultivate and guard (Genesis 2:15). God gave us power over all that He made and put us in control of His creation (Genesis 1:26, 28). Unfortunately, unlike God, we are selfish and tend to misuse both power and control. According to Revelation 11:18, […]

 
 

Why Do Gingrich and Obama Agree on the Supreme Court?

Why Do Gingrich and Obama Agree on the Supreme Court?

Last week, after three days of tough argument before the Supreme Court, the President created a stir when he said that it would be "unprecedented" for the Supreme Court to overturn his national healthcare plan. Obama further questioned the legitimacy of "unelected" and "activist" judges. Conservatives went crazy! How could the President criticize the authority of the Supreme Court? On […]

 
 

Grace Notes: American Grace: How Religion Divides And United Us (Liberty Magazine)

David Pendleton reviews Robert D. Putnam's and David E. Campbell's new book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. EXCERPT: "A leading, perhaps even the primary, reason that America manages to be both highly religious and highly religiously diverse is that most Americans do not believe that those with a different religious faith are damned," conclude Putnam and Campbell. The takeaway […]