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Obama's Olive Branch Doctrine: Religion & the Path of Democratic Reform in the Arab-Muslim World (PART I)

Obama's Olive Branch Doctrine: Religion & the Path of Democratic Reform in the Arab-Muslim World (PART I)

By Gregory W. Hamilton, President Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA) March 15, 2011 President Barack Obama came to Cairo in 2009 with the purpose of announcing to the Arab-Muslim world that he was not following his predecessor's "Democracy Project" as a matter of U.S. Middle East policy. One could call this Obama's "Olive Branch Doctrine": the message that interfaith tolerance […]

 
 

Tennesee governor signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law

Tennesee governor signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law

  On July 1, 2009, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.  Introduced in February, House Bill 1598 requires Tennessee courts to apply the "compelling state interest" test to cases in which a law substantially burdens one's right of free exercise of religion. The state now has the burden of proving that the law furthers a […]

 
 

A World Enslaved – There are now more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history (Foreign Policy)

Most people imagine that slavery died in the 19th century. Since 1817, more than a dozen international conventions have been signed banning the slave trade. Yet, today there are more slaves than at any time in human history.

 
 

OPINION – President Obama: Bad News For the New Atheists and Other Fundamentalists (Frank Schaeffer – Huffington Post)

Into the all or nothing culture wars, and the all or nothing wars between the so-called New Atheists and religion the election of President elect Obama reintroduces nuance. President elect Obama's ability to believe in Jesus, yet question, is going to rescue American religion in general and Christianity in particular, from the extremes.

 
 

OPINION – President Obama: Bad News For the New Atheists and Other Fundamentalists (Frank Schaeffer – Huffington Post)

Into the all or nothing culture wars, and the all or nothing wars between the so-called New Atheists and religion the election of President elect Obama reintroduces nuance. President elect Obama's ability to believe in Jesus, yet question, is going to rescue American religion in general and Christianity in particular, from the extremes.

 
 

Polygamy central issue in Utah Attorney General race

Polygamy central issue in Utah Attorney General race

For Hill's part, she said polygamists would never have to fear being prosecuted for their religion. She contends that the state's bigamy statute is unconstitutional in the wake of the 2003 Supreme Court ruling Lawrence v. Texas.

 
 

Saudi King – World facing covert economic war (SaudiGazette.com.sa)

World leaders vowed Saturday in Beijing to overhaul the global financial system in the face of recession fears.

 
 

THIS WEEK: Christian-Hindu Unrest leads to Violence in India

Thousands of Christians staged road blockades in several parts of the city on Sunday, after suspected Bajrang Dal activists carried out a series of attacks on prayer halls in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikmagalur districts, alleging conversion…

Police resorted to caning to disperse the protesters, including nuns and women, in the evening near Milagres Hall complex, while a few people threw stones at the police. In the melee, some were hurt and a few vehicles damaged.

 
 

INSPIRATION: The Secret of All Persecution and the Power of Love

INSPIRATION: The Secret of All Persecution and the Power of Love

In a year when religious views seem to be shaping public discourse and ultimately impacting the law, this short excerpt from a classic religious work seems particularly relevant.  ReligiousLiberty.TV publishes articles from a wide variety of political viewpoints and faith perspectives.  Freedom can be celebrated from a secular perspective as well from a religious perspective. Your thoughts and comments are […]

 
 

America's Would-be Saviors

This article originally appeared on the Northwest Religious Liberty Association at http://www.nrla.com/article.php?id=75 and is used here by permission of the author. By Gregory W. Hamilton© August 5, 2008 It is not just the Pope who is drawing hundreds of thousands, with throngs pressing all about to get a glimpse of him, and maybe even a touch of his hand. During […]