Author Archive: ReligiousLiberty.TV

The Pope, the President, and the Politics of Faith (Asia Times)

The balance between faith and politics is fragile, and Asia Times writer Spengler gives an interesting perspective in today's paper.  It is worth reading.  A link is provided following this excerpt: It is not only faith, but the temerity to act upon faith, that the pope and the president have in common. In the past I have characterized Benedict's stance […]

 
 

Congressman Trent Franks: It is 'Critical' that nations reaffirm religious freedom (ANN)

Congressman Trent Franks (Arizona), who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Religious Freedom Taskforce, spoke at the North American Religious LIberty Association Annual Dinner on June 12, 2008. He called for the enforcement of international agreements on religious freedom. ""It's critical that other nations join with us in reaffirming this foundational human right and stand for the freedom of all […]

 
 

Economics, Democracy, and Liberty – Where are we in the Cycle?

As you read this statement ask yourself – where is the United States in this cycle in 2008? A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess of the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most […]

 
 

Civil Justice Degrees Guide Identifies Top 100 Civil Liberties Advocacy Blogs

http://www.criminaljusticedegreesguide.com/library/the-top-100-civil-liberties-advocate-blogs.html Among the blogs are several dealing with religion, politics, and related topics. Religion These bloggers are committed to fighting religious discrimination by informing the public of their right to practice their religion around the world. Religion News Blog: Religion News Blog is a great resource for finding quality information about religious rights and freedoms, cult issues and the presence […]

 
 

Barack Obama on Separation of Church and State

"[Conservative leaders] need to understand the critical role that the separation of church and state has played in preserving not only our democracy, but the robustness of our religious practice. Folks tend to forget that during our founding, it wasn't the atheists or the civil libertarians who were the most effective champions of the First Amendment. It was the persecuted […]

 
 

THE LIGHTER SIDE: Stand-Up Comedy featuring A Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Jew, and an Atheist

While we often have to deal with very serious issues on ReligiousLiberty.TV, there is always room to see the lighter side of what it means to live together in a real world where people are able to follow their faith without interference from the state or others. A Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Jew, and an Atheist all do […]

 
 

Alexis de Tocqueville on Democracy

"Our contemporaries are constantly excited by two conflicting passions; they want to be led, and they wish to remain free: as they cannot destroy either one or the other of these contrary propensities, they strive to satisfy them both at once. They devise a sole, tutelary, and all-powerful form of government, but elected by the people. They combined the principle […]

 
 

Balancing Government Secrecy and Accountability – What Should the Next President Do?

In attempting to increase national security, has the Bush administration gone too far in sacrificing accountability for secrecy? What does this mean for the next president? The American Constitution Society (ACS) has recently published a new issue brief by Geoff Stone, entitled, On Secrecy and Transparency: Thoughts for Congress and a New Administration, in which Stone argues that the Bush […]

 
 

America's Democratic Collapse – A Speech by Chris Hedges

On May 28, Pulitzer Award winning journalist, Chris Hedges, gave a speech at Furman University in South Carolina. Although we do not necessarily agree with all of it, it does raise some interesting points for discussion. Here is the speech -click on the link to read the rest at Alternet.org: I used to live in a country called America. It […]

 
 

VIDEO: John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. on Religious Liberty

It seems like issues of a Presidential candidate's religion have always been an issue in elections going back to the 1960s. In this video clip, John F. Kennedy discusses how he believes church and state should relate to each other. It also features a brief clip of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. (Note: This video also contains […]