Civil Rights

VIDEO: Michael Newdow in Panel at Boston College on Religious Freedom and the Pledge of Allegiance

This is particularly relevant this election year. From http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/newdow/  October 18, 2006 – Boston College – Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Every day millions of schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the American flag and "the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Michael Newdow is a lawyer, physician, and […]

 
 

"A Call To Renewal" – Barack Obama on the Role of Religion in Public Life

BARACK OBAMA TRANSCRIPT: 'Call to Renewal' Keynote Address Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Washington, DC Good morning. I appreciate the opportunity to speak here at the Call to Renewal's Building a Covenant for a New America conference. I've had the opportunity to take a look at your Covenant for a New America. It is filled with outstanding policies and prescriptions for […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Manifest Destiny and the Momentum of Empire: Making Sense of America's Global War on Terrorism

By Gregory W. Hamilton Today there are two significant global movements that enjoy a symbiotic relationship. The first involves America's accelerated role as the world's propagator of democratic values, and as a matter of national and international security the world's enforcer of those values. The second is the not-so-obvious rapid global expansion of Christianity, a phenomenon that is aided by […]

 
 

California Supreme Court to Decide A Case Where Medical Rights v. Workplace Religious Freedom

Soon after issuing its opinion that gay marriage cannot be prohibited under the Constitution, the California Supreme Court is about to issue a ruling in a case where a physician declined to provide fertilization services on a lesbian (unmarried) couple, but referred them to another clinic that did provide the service on the basis that performing the service would violate […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

OPINION: Gay Rights and Religious Liberty (Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Times today published an article by Marc D. Stern of the American Jewish Congress describing the impact that gay marriage might have on religious organizations. A link follows these excerpts: In its controversial decision, the [California Supreme Court] insisted that these same-sex marriages would not "diminish any other person's constitutional rights" or "impinge upon the religious freedom […]

 
 

WANTED: Freedom Champions

Think about the words "land of the free home of the brave." It takes integrity, sacrifice, awareness, and courage to maintain our freedoms. A nation where freedom reigns needs courageous men and women to speak out when they see injustice. Martin Niemöller is famous for his lament about not speaking out when individuals were unjustly losing their freedom in Nazi […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

VIDEO: Could Gay Marriage Erode Non-Profit Tax-Exempt Status?

On March 26, 2007, Brian Brown, Executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, testified before the judiciary committee of the state legislature in regard to raised House Bill 7395: An Act Concerning Marriage Equality. In this video, Brown argues that even if churches are not required to perform the ceremonies, legalizing same-sex marriage might lead to the erosion tax […]