Archive for: January, 2014

Will Lawyers In Canada Soon Face A Religious Test? The Hypersensitive Response Over Canada's First Openly Christian Law School

Will Lawyers In Canada Soon Face A Religious Test? The Hypersensitive Response Over Canada's First Openly Christian Law School

By Barry Bussey – The hypersensitive response over Canada's first openly Christian law school at Trinity Western University (TWU) has led to a demand that law societies across Canada not allow TWU law graduates to practise law – because of the religious belief of TWU concerning marriage. In essence, a religious test to determine one's suitability to practise law.

 
 

Pew Research Reports Six-Year Peak in Religious Hostilities

Pew Research Reports Six-Year Peak in Religious Hostilities

According to an in-depth study by the Pew Research Center, 33% of the 198 countries and territories had high religious hostilities in 2012, which has increased from 20% as of mid-2007, with interval studies demonstrating a steady increase. The study indicates that the largest increase in hostilities was in the Middle East and North Africa which experienced political uprisings in […]

 
 

Arguments scheduled on whether RFRA allows employers to limit contraceptive coverage

The United States Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on the Hobby Lobby case for March 25, 2014.  According to SCOTUSBlog, the issue is: "Whether the [RFRA], which provides that the government 'shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion' unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest, allows a for-profit corporation to […]

 
 

Reviewing 2013 – The Year in Religious Liberty

Reviewing 2013 – The Year in Religious Liberty

By Stephen N. Allred – Ultimately, 2013 was a rough year for Christians in many parts of the world who were harassed, raped, murdered and persecuted on account of their faith. In comparison, American Christians, though they faced some challenges, fared rather well.

 
 

Guest Opinion: Endless exemptions for faith? Hobby Lobby case not a simple one

Guest Opinion: Endless exemptions for faith? Hobby Lobby case not a simple one

By Robert J. Ray – Realistically, can a government allow every employer to customize the rules without descending into administrative chaos? Justice Antonin Scalia argued in Oregon v. Smith that one's religious beliefs don't negate the need to comply with valid laws.
On the other hand, freedom of religion is a crucial principle that must be defended. But how far?