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Aftershock: The Historical and Religious Legacy of the Salem Witch Trials (Liberty Magazine)

Aftershock: The Historical and Religious Legacy of the Salem Witch Trials (Liberty Magazine)

The similarity between the persecutions of Muslims in 2013, alleged Communists in 1950, and those believed to be witches in 1692 is a perceived threat to the traditional conservative Christian culture of the American people.

 
 

International Report: Human Rights at Risk in Australian Internment Camp

Conditions in immigration detention facility on Manus - Photocredit: Flickr/Greens MP

Today Australia faces a moral question for our age. This time it isn't desperate European Jews searching for a sanctuary, it is desperate Iranians fleeing one of the world's most repressive regimes. It is Iraqi Christians who have been murdered, bombed and beaten unmercifully since the invasion that we were a part of. It is shell-shocked Syrians caught between a despotic ruler on one side and jihadists on the other.

 
 

The Firebrand: The Dangers of Speaking Truth to Power (Liberty Magazine)

The Firebrand: The Dangers of Speaking Truth to Power (Liberty Magazine)

The story of Savonarola is not a lesson in the necessity of violence for a successful revolution, but rather a lesson in the dangerous consequences of speaking truth to power.

 
 

Christians Equipped to Work for Liberty of Conscience for All

Christians Equipped to Work for Liberty of Conscience for All

By Karen Scott, Esq. – Protecting conscience requires sensitivity, understanding and often courage. While many working in the area of liberty of conscience have no religious affiliation, Christians should be especially equipped to work in this field remembering that each of us is created in God's image and that God wants each individual to follow Him as a response to His love and not because of any force, threat or unduly restrictive law.

 
 

God's Love Remains Despite Tragedy Fatigue

Mourners after Boston Marathan Bombing - April 19, 2013 - Flickr: Vjeran Pavic (Creative Commons License)

These types of incidents used to be few and far between for us in the United States. (I fully realize that these types of events are a way of life for many people around the world.) To feel for the people suffering in Boston and the people suffering in West was just too much for me, as much as I knew and know that deserve all the sympathy, empathy, love and prayers that I can give. As the time has passed this week my hearts have gone out to them and I wish them a peace and a comfort that I believe only God can give.

 
 

States Rights and the Religion Clauses: Examining the North Carolina Resolution

States Rights and the Religion Clauses: Examining the North Carolina Resolution

This week, two members of the North Carolina House of Representatives submitted a resolution which would declare that “the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.” In other words, the legislation declared that that the state could make its own laws about religion and the federal government would not be able to stop them. Although the resolution is not likely to be approved, it does deserve some serious examination as it reflects a common argument arising in the religious right that the Establishment Clause does not apply to the states.

 
 

Outcome Unpredictable but Prop 8 Supporters Had Tough Day in S. Court

Outcome Unpredictable but Prop 8 Supporters Had Tough Day in S. Court

By Jason Hines – Today was a landmark day for the Supreme Court, as it heard arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8. I have written about this case at every level (on the state level and at the 9th Cir.) so it only seems right that I talk about the arguments that took place earlier today. However, it doesn't make sense to give a straight up and down summary or even a major analysis (there are plenty of people who did a good job of that, including this article by Adam Serwer), but there are some things that I want to highlight. Some will be important, some won't, but these are the things that came to mind as I listened to the oral arguments –

 
 

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom Established Separation of Church and State

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom Established Separation of Church and State

The Act, written by Thomas Jefferson, allowed Virginia to become the first state to separate church and state and remains part of Virginia's constitution. It was later used as a model for other state constitutions as well as the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

 
 

The Results: Voters Decide on Same-Sex Marriage, Marijuana, and Religious Freedom

The Results: Voters Decide on Same-Sex Marriage, Marijuana, and Religious Freedom

On November 6, 2012 voters in many states had the opportunity to make decisions on a number of state laws through ballot measures. Voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington voted in favor of measures that would legalize same-sex marriage. Voters in Minnesota rejected a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and voters in North Carolina voted to define marriage as solely existing between one man and one woman.

 
 

Oxford University Introduces Journal of Law and Religion

The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion will have a range of articles drawn from various sectors of the law and religion field, including: social, legal and political issues involving the relationship between law and religion in society; comparative law perspectives on the relationship between religion and state institutions; developments regarding human and constitutional rights to freedom of religion or belief; considerations […]