Archive for: March, 2016

Mississippi legislature passes law to weaponize churches

Mississippi legislature passes law to weaponize churches

There are two distinct reactions to gun violence. One is to tighten gun regulations in an effort to get guns off the street. The other is to arm more people so they can kill would-be attackers. The Charleston, South Carolina, shooting at a church last year has provided the Mississippi legislature with a pretext to do the latter.

 
 

THE ARTS: Allegiance: A Tale for Today

THE ARTS: Allegiance: A Tale for Today

By Bill Cork – The musical, “Allegiance" is based internment camp during World War II but the themes are echoed in the 2016 US presidential campaign.

 
 

Dr. C. Norman Farley joins ReligiousLiberty.TV Advisory Panel

Dr. C. Norman Farley joins ReligiousLiberty.TV Advisory Panel

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Farley to our Advisory panel. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge on liberty of conscience issues.

 
 

Rwandan pastor models extreme forgiveness by serving those who killed his family

Rwandan pastor models extreme forgiveness by serving those who killed his family

Perhaps the strongest story of the power of forgiveness is found in the story, reported today by the Adventist Review, of Isaac Ndwaniye, the President of the East Central Rwandan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists who lost his entire family to mass genocide that was perpetrated by some of the people he has been called back to serve. If anybody ever had an excuse to abandon his calling, it is Pastor Ndwaniye.

 
 

Abortion doctor testifies to Senate – "The difference was whether the baby was wanted or unwanted"

Abortion doctor testifies to Senate – "The difference was whether the baby was wanted or unwanted"

Doctor to U.S. Senate – "The only time I experienced any qualms about what I was doing was when I had my neonatal care rotation and I realized that I was trying to save babies in the NICU that were the same age as babies I was aborting, but I rationalized it, and was able to push the feelings to the back of my mind."

 
 

Message of Christ offers hope amidst month's violence and persecution

Message of Christ offers hope amidst month's violence and persecution

March 2016 has been punctuated by violence. On March 4, a group of terrorists attacked a convent and nursing home run by the Missionaries of Charity, also known as Mother Teresa's Home, in Yemen. Sixteen people, including eight residents, four nuns, and several other volunteers were killed.

 
 

Opinion: Frontrunner opposes religious liberty

Opinion: Frontrunner opposes religious liberty

By Keith Schnabel – The Republican party proudly supports religious liberty, but its presidential frontrunner does not share that value. Donald Trump is an opponent of the First Amendment who mocks the faiths of millions of Americans and proposes policy after policy that would corrode our nation’s most central freedoms.

 
 

Legal Analysis: Zubik petitioners may have pushed argument too far

Legal Analysis: Zubik petitioners may have pushed argument too far

By Jason Hines, PhD, JD – Prior to 1990, the Supreme Court’s standard in determining whether a law violated a citizen’s free exercise of religion was intimately tied to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. An Adventist, Adele Sherbert, sued to receive unemployment benefits after she was fired from her job because she refused to work on the Sabbath. In the case that now bears her name, Sherbert v. Verner, the Court ruled in her favor, establishing the rule that the government could not substantially burden a citizen’s religious freedom unless the government had a compelling interest and had narrowly tailored the measure to minimize infringement.

 
 

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in key contraception mandate case

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in key contraception mandate case

This morning the eight-member United States Supreme Court heard the contraceptive mandate cases that were consolidated under the name Zubik v. Burwell (Docket Number 15-191). (See transcript.) They key issue in all the cases was religious employers who rejected the method of receiving the "religious employer exemption" to the Affordable Care Act (2010) which required group health plans and insurance issues to offer plans that provided "approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity."

 
 

Seeking Peaceful Solutions When Accommodating You Doesn't Accommodate Me

Seeking Peaceful Solutions When Accommodating You Doesn't Accommodate Me

By recognizing the sincerity of opposing positions on the issues and deriving specific areas of accommodation, the conversation moves from ideology and conflict to one of mutual and practical problem-solving.