By James Standish, JD, MBA – Today, there are those arguing that a Brexit will negatively impact Britain’s dedication to religious freedom. As we shall see, however, a Brexit is, on balance, more likely to protect Britain’s liberal attitude towards religious minorities than to harm it.
There will be risks to our human rights and religious liberty protections if citizens of the United Kingdom choose to leave the European Union. However, I do think as well that there will also be risks on our human rights and religious liberty protections if voters choose to remain in the EU, and we need to keep a balanced view on the Brexit/Remain debate over human rights and religious liberty.
The big argument for leaving the EU is that we would regain full national sovereignty and the right as a country to make our laws. However, what provisions will be made for religious liberty if we leave, and what safeguards will be put in place is a question that needs further consideration.
On Saturday, June 18, 2016, the Seventh-day Adventist Church will be observing World Refugee Day.
Perhaps the strongest story of the power of forgiveness is found in the story, reported today by the Adventist Review, of Isaac Ndwaniye, the President of the East Central Rwandan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists who lost his entire family to mass genocide that was perpetrated by some of the people he has been called back to serve. If anybody ever had an excuse to abandon his calling, it is Pastor Ndwaniye.
March 2016 has been punctuated by violence. On March 4, a group of terrorists attacked a convent and nursing home run by the Missionaries of Charity, also known as Mother Teresa's Home, in Yemen. Sixteen people, including eight residents, four nuns, and several other volunteers were killed.
CHURCH LEADERS ENCOURAGE THE NATION TO ADHERE TO THEIR COMMITMENT OF SECURING THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION FOR ALL CITIZENS. December 29, 2015 | Astana, Kazakhstan | ANN Staff | Yklas Kabduakasov, a Seventh-day Adventist, was recently sentenced to serve two years in a labor camp for “inciting religious hatred.” Kabduakasov was accused of making incendiary comments during lectures with students […]
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has released a 408-page report outlining international religious liberty demographics and issues.
On Friday, September 25, 2015, the World Summit opened at the United Nations in New York City with a keynote address delivered by Pope Francis in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the member states later in the day.
This morning, Democrats in the U.S. Senate announced that they have the 34 votes necessary to uphold the President's expected veto if Congress, as expected, passes a resolution disapproving the Obama administration's deal with Iran. The international agreement is supposed to result in a dismantling of the Iranian nuclear program in return for lifting of sanctions, but given the Iranian leadership's ongoing theme of "death to America" and "death to Israel" the deal certainly does not signify a sense of international friendship.