Archive for: 2013

The Christian's Involvement in Human Governments and the Politics of War

The Christian's Involvement in Human Governments and the Politics of War

By Kevin Straub – Christianity, if it looks to Christ as its norm, will have nothing to do with the affairs of national/international politics and the wielding of the sword. It will not be involved in any of the processes involved in the adjustments of the balances of earthly powers. This is not our work. However, it has come to be standard thinking in Christianity that it is a part of our work. The discussions of whether to enter into a war or to stay out of that war is not merely academic in today's Christianity; it is deemed the Christian's duty to engage in a politicized Christianity. Today's Christianity, since the time of Constantine, is not concerned solely with the gospel work, remaining an outside observer of the machinations of worldly powers, but as subscribers to the notion of "the just war," is necessarily fundamentally involved in the geopolitical movements and the questions of taking nation(s) into war or not.

 
 

Quebec Government Takes Aim at Religious Expression of Public Workers

Quebec Government Takes Aim at Religious Expression of Public Workers

Though, in its current form, the charter is limited to regulating the religious expression of government employees there can be little doubt that given time, considering the inflationary nature of state bureaucracy to expand its influence in citizen's private lives, this policy of "neutrality" will move further toward the private sector employees.

 
 

How Would An Attack on Syria Affect the Religious Liberty of the Syrian People?

How Would An Attack on Syria Affect the Religious Liberty of the Syrian People?

By Michael Peabody – Despite serious public opposition to involvement in another quagmire in the Middle East, chances are the United States will soon be involved in the two-year-old civil war in Syria. While there are many questions regarding how this will help or hinder national foreign policy aims, few have considered how a shift in power could affect the religious freedom of the people of Syria.

 
 

"Examining the Government's Record on Implementing the International Religious Freedom Act" – US House of Representatives

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Ultimate Values: A Method for Resolving Cases that Force a Choice between Discrimination and Religious Liberty

Ultimate Values: A Method for Resolving Cases that Force a Choice between Discrimination and Religious Liberty

By David Hamstra – It is tempting to resolve the question in favor of one or the other depending on what our moral intuitions tell us about the way the world should be, but to do so, as I will argue later, is to impose upon the weak the vision of morality held by the powerful, putting our society on a trajectory towards totalitarianism. Instead, I want to propose an principled way to approach these cases that will hopefully allow those on either side to find common ground.

 
 

Into the Minefield: US Supreme Court to Consider Legislative Prayer in October

Into the Minefield: US Supreme Court to Consider Legislative Prayer in October

This October the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a case that could change the way that prayers are conducted in legislative proceedings. The Court will determine whether city council rules, which do not openly discriminate against non-Christians or permit prayer to be used to promote a particular religion, are unconstitutional when most of the people offering the prayers are Christians.

 
 

Court Is 'One of Most Activist,' Ginsburg Says, Vowing to Stay – NYTimes.com

Excerpt:  WASHINGTON – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 80, vowed in an interview to stay on the Supreme Court as long as her health and intellect remained strong, saying she was fully engaged in her work as the leader of the liberal opposition on what she called "one of the most activist courts in history." http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/us/court-is-one-of-most-activist-ginsburg-says-vowing-to-stay.html?_r=0&

 
 

"The Price of Citizenship"? New Mexico Supreme Court rules Christian must photograph same-sex ceremony

"The Price of Citizenship"? New Mexico Supreme Court rules Christian must photograph same-sex ceremony

Yesterday, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment does not protect a photographer's decision not to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony even if it would violate the photographer's deeply held religious beliefs.

 
 

Egypt: Mob burns Adventist Church in Assiut (ANN)

Egypt: Mob burns Adventist Church in Assiut (ANN)

The Assiut Adventist Church, located approximately 220 miles south of Cairo, was attacked by a mob and heavily damaged after it was set on fire. The pastor and his wife hid in their upstairs apartment and were not found by the attackers, who set the building on fire. The pastor and his wife were rescued from the burning building by Muslim neighbors.

 
 

(VIDEO) Greg Hamilton: "We The People" and Christ's Counter-Revolution

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Based on Mark 15 and Revelation 13, this seminar examines current events in light of Bible prophecy. The fickle crowd dynamics at Christ's trial parallels today's political and religious crowd. As our nation's founders predicted, this foment is leading to the dissolution of our Constitution. But Christ is preparing those who will listen and learn—as He did with His disciples—for a greater revolutionary calling in these last days.