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US Supreme Court to hear Arguments on DOMA and Prop 8 on March 26

US Supreme Court to hear Arguments on DOMA and Prop 8 on March 26

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled two days of oral arguments on two separate but related cases beginning on March 26, 2013. The Court will be hearing arguments on California's Proposition 8 which amended the state constitution to disallow same-sex marriage is constitutional and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

 
 

A Document in Common: Leaders Reflect on the 225th Anniversary of the US Constitution

A Document in Common: Leaders Reflect on the 225th Anniversary of the US Constitution

  On September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was signed by thirty-nine men who changed the course of history. This year as we celebrate the  225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, we reflect on the impact this document has made on societies around the world. I would like to thank these thought leaders, representing a […]

 
 

American Values: The Individual Mandate vs. Social Darwinism

American Values: The Individual Mandate vs. Social Darwinism

Many conservatives have eviscerated Obamacare, arguing that it would "raise premiums, unconstitutionally force people to buy health care, cause the deficit to skyrocket, slash Medicare spending to create a new entitlement, cause rationing, cause a significant number of doctors to leave the practice, and destroy the quality of American healthcare. Although I am a lifelong Republican, I must respectfully disagree with my conservative brethren on many of these points.

 
 

Principled Freedom: Religious Liberty Plays Musical Chairs

Principled Freedom: Religious Liberty Plays Musical Chairs

By Nicholas P. Miller – It is time to examine a position that provides a principled freedom, both religious and civil, the possibility of a public morality, and a common language with which to discuss and debate the issues. he recent presidential campaign has broken out into a disorienting game of religious liberty musical chairs; Catholic bishops assert the importance of […]

 
 

Ronald Reagan on Preserving the Sacred Fire of Human Liberty

Ronald Reagan on Preserving the Sacred Fire of Human Liberty

Remarks of President Ronald Reagan on the 200th anniversary of Signing of the the U.S. Constitution on September 18, 1987. s we stand here today before Independence Hall, we can easily imagine that day, Sept. 17, 1787, when the delegates rose from their chairs and arranged themselves according to the geography of their states, beginning with New Hampshire and moving […]

 
 

Why Do Gingrich and Obama Agree on the Supreme Court?

Why Do Gingrich and Obama Agree on the Supreme Court?

Last week, after three days of tough argument before the Supreme Court, the President created a stir when he said that it would be "unprecedented" for the Supreme Court to overturn his national healthcare plan. Obama further questioned the legitimacy of "unelected" and "activist" judges. Conservatives went crazy! How could the President criticize the authority of the Supreme Court? On […]

 
 

Timeline: Obama Administration Actions Affecting U.S. Religious Freedom | Christianity Today

Excerpt: "The past year has marked a shift in religious liberty debates, one that previously centered on hiring rights but became focused on health care requirements. When President Obama first took office, faith-based groups were especially concerned that organizations that discriminate in hiring based on religious beliefs would become ineligible for federal funding. In 2011, the President indicated that he […]

 
 

The U.S. Supreme Court made the Right Decision When It Upheld the Ministerial Exception

The U.S. Supreme Court made the Right Decision When It Upheld the Ministerial Exception

In ruling the way it did, the Supreme Court protected the right of a religious organization to select its clergy without government interference and avoided placing church doctrine under government interpretation. Civil magistrates will not be in a position to where they are forced to determine which religious view, that of the clergy member or the church, is correct.

 
 

Ruling on Ministers: What the Supreme Court said & didn't say | Oregon Faith Report

Excerpt:   The U.S. Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, held that the "ministerial exception" bars a school teacher from bringing employment discrimination claims against her religious employer. The Court's ruling clearly grants religious institutions the freedom to employ (and terminate) employees who act as ministers of their faith. Yet the Court's decision does not clearly […]

 
 

Film Review: "One Nation Under God" (2011): Misinterpreted facts and frightening conclusions

Film Review: "One Nation Under God" (2011): Misinterpreted facts and frightening conclusions

By Jason Hines, Esq. – Yesterday was a premiere event for the Religious Right movement. In churches, homes, and other venues around the country, conservative Christians watched the premiere of "One Nation Under God," a DVD created by the group United in Purpose, headed by Bill Dallas. (You can find out more general information about the DVD at the One […]