Human Rights

VIDEO: Religious Freedom Worldwide Worsens (Voice of America)

A U.S. advisory panel on May 2, 2008 asked the State Department to expand the list of governments the U.S. considers the world's worst violators of religious freedom. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom lists eleven "countries of particular concern." The congressionally mandated panel also wants the U.S. to keep an eye on religious expression in Iraq. VOA's Kent […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Learning from the Past

We live in very challenging times. In the United States there is polarization of opinion fueled by fear, greed, and political opportunism. The media is contributing to a fantasy world which distracts much of the population from critical issues. Mass communication seems to be managed by vested interests so that citizens do not get important information in an unbiased manner. […]

 
 

Belarus: 'We are reclaiming our history as a land of religious freedom' (ChristianToday.com)

Read the full version, which includes a fascinating review of the history of religious liberty in Belarus, online at http://www.christiantoday.com/articledir/print.htm?id=19015 by By Antoni Bokun, Pastor of John the Baptist Pentecostal Church in Minsk Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2008, 10:54 (BST) Belarus has been renowned [for its] freedom of conscience for centuries. This is why religious freedom, which the current state […]

 
 

Does Constitution apply to enemy combatant on U.S. soil? (AP)

Does Constitution apply to enemy combatant on U.S. soil? (AP)

In the War Against Terror, it may be difficult to determine who the enemy is.  Does the Constitution apply to a U.S. resident held on U.S. soil? WASHINGTON (AP) — If his cell were at Guantanamo Bay, the prisoner would be just one of hundreds of suspected terrorists detained offshore, where the U.S. says the Constitution does not apply.   […]

 
 

Barack Obama's judicial nominees (Baltimore Sun)

James Oliphant of the Baltimore Sun blogged about Barack Obama's judicial nominees. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/05/printer-obama_on_judges.html Here is some of what Obama has said on the topic: What you're looking for is somebody who is going to apply the law where it's clear. Now there's gonna be those five percent of cases or one percent of cases where the law isn't clear. And […]

 
 

McCain to make religious freedom a key foreign policy issue (AFP)

Religion continues to be a hot issue in the 2008 Presidential Campaign.  Thanks for this link goes to Greg Hamilton at the Northwest Religious Liberty Association. Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080507/pl_afp/usvoterepublicanmccain&printer=1;_ylt=AhjJFbLNU1DYDT4tT6gbFpGtOrgF by Carlos Hamann Wed May 7, 3:52 PM ET WASHINGTON (AFP) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain vowed in a speech on Wednesday to make freedom of religion a […]

 
 

Atheist Claims Harassment in the Military (AP)

Does the military encourage harassment of atheists?  What is there are atheists in foxholes?  This story is a poignant reminder that the rights of all to believe, or not to believe, must be protected. http://news.aol.com/story/_a/atheist-claims-harassment-in-military/20080428092709990001 AP Posted: 2008-04-28 14:32:47 Filed Under: Iraq News, Nation News JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (April 26) — Like hundreds of young men joining the Army in […]

 
 

Polygamy: Where religious liberty ends (Salt Lake Tribune)

Trying to walk the line between religious freedom and societal concerns has never been easy. Some scholars say the line is drawn at polygamy. This article explores that option, but is the line even better drawn at child abuse? What about "legitimate" serial marriages and divorces? This issue may gain some traction in the next few months. Admin Read the […]

 
 

Testimony of Michael Peabody in favor of the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786)

Testimony of Michael Peabody in favor of the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786)

April 9, 2009 Senate Judiciary Committee Oregon State Legislature Salem, Oregon     RE:          SB 786 – Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SUPPORT)   Mr. Chairman and Members, Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Workplace Religious Freedom Act.  As an attorney I have had the privilege of representing employees in several […]