Author Archive: Michael Peabody

IRLA Meeting draws large crowd in Angola

John Graz, Secretary General of the International Religious Liberty Association (http://www.irla.org) reports that 40,000 people attended the IRLA meeting in Luanda, Angola on June 28.  On July 5, a meeting will be held in St. Petersburg and on July 12 a Festival of Religious Freedom will be held in in Honolulu, and meetings are planned for Mexico in August 2008.

 
 

Professor Steven Calabresi on Enforcing Morality (Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy)

In this essay published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Steven Calabresi, the George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law, comments on Judge Robert Bork's thought-provoking book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, specifically focusing on governmental efforts to enforce morality.  Calabresi argues that there is a place in the government for legislating morality. "This […]

 
 

VIDEO: Increasing American Religious Comity (Pew Forum by way of Spectrum Magazine)

Thanks to Alexander Carpenter for finding this great video.   Click here to watch and review the analysis: http://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2008/06/25/pew_video_increasing_american_religious_comity Although a majority of Americans say religion is very important to them, nearly three-quarters of them say they believe that many faiths besides their own can lead to salvation, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. […]

 
 

Marriage Amendment: In California, your state constitutional rights are in the hands of your neighbors

There has been much discussion about the California ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriages from a moral / social / religious perspective, but not much about the concept of overturning court decisions by majority vote.  Vikram David Amar at Findlaw writes in a post entitled, "The California Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Opinion: The People of California Have the Power […]

 
 

Wisconsin: Freedom from Religion Foundation Asks State to Halt Assembly Prayers

Last July, Wisconsin State Representative Terry Moulton led his colleagues in prayer: "In your name, and by the power of your spirit, I come against the Evil One. And I ask that he be cast from this place, this day." Not necessarily the most ecumenical of prayers, and now the Freedom from Religion Foundation has asked the Speaker of the […]

 
 

VIDEO: 16-year-old boy dies from lack of medical treatment; family plans religious freedom defense

A 16-year-old Clackamas, Oregon boy, Neal Beagley, died Tuesday, June 17, following complications from an infected urethra. As he was older than 14 years of age, he could determine which medical treatment he received or did not receive, and he chose the path of faith healing. Physicians felt that a catheter would have saved his life had he sought professional medical treatment.  He […]

 
 

Religious Freedom Problems Growing in Indonesia (UPI)

Although the Constitution of Indonesia provides for the freedom of religion and belief since 2000, these freedoms have been increasingly restricted. In an article published today, Dr. Philip Setunga, a staff member of the Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong, reports on Indonesia's issues at: http://upiasiaonline.com/Human_Rights/2008/06/10/religious_freedom_not_secure_in_indonesia/8244/

 
 

OPINION: Courtship of religion complicates McCain and Obama campaigns

In an opinion piece published June 9 by Robert Novak, Novak describes the difficulty McCain has had winning the votes of religious right icons such as James Dobson and John Hagee and Catholics.  Hagee, of course, has alienated Catholics with his description of Catholicism as "Godless theology," something that McCain couldn't abide, and Hagee has told friends that McCain "threw […]

 
 

PROFILE: Rep. Chet Edwards Champions Separation of Church and State in Congress

PROFILE: Rep. Chet Edwards Champions Separation of Church and State in Congress

Rep. Chet Edwards represents President George Bush's home district (including Crawford, Texas) in the United States House of Representatives. A moderate who considers himself a bridge-builder between left and right, and a Methodist who attends the Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, Rep. Edwards is a staunch supporter of the separation of church and state. Toby Druin of The Baptist […]

 
 

Barack Obama to Launch "Joshua Generation Project" to Reach out to Evangelicals

Barack Obama to Launch "Joshua Generation Project" to Reach out to Evangelicals

By Michael D. Peabody – RELIGION SEEMS to have taken center stage this election cycle.  Obama's program, "Joshua Generation Project" is designed to reach young evangelical voters.  It is quite inspiring, actually. In March, Obama spoke at a commemoration of the march to Selma, and linked the Biblical story of Joshua to the Civil Rights movement to the present. I'm […]