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VIDEO: Is there room for peace?

VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED With all that is going on in the world today, it is easy to forget that there is a war going on overseas.  I wondered whether to post this video because it has some violent scenes and language in it, but maybe it is time to honestly face what is happening in the name of freedom, […]

 
 

EEOC issues New Guidelines on Religious Discrimination

EEOC issues New Guidelines on Religious Discrimination

Thanks to the tireless efforts of many the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released new guidelines that make clearer recommendations regarding workplace religious discrimination and accommodation of religious practices.  The full guidelines, available at http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/religion.html , are remarkable in that the EEOC has clarified definitions and provided clear examples of prohibited conduct that can be used in evaluating cases. […]

 
 

OPINION: O'Connor's 4th Circuit Ruling on City Council Prayer

On Wednesday, July 23, 2008,  in Turner v. City Council of Fredericksburg, (4th Cir., July 23, 2008), the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of appeals upheld the policy of Fredericksburg, Virginia's city council requiring prayers which open its sessions to be non-denominational. In an opinion by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, sitting by designation on the case, the court held […]

 
 

Proposal Would Deny Federal Money if Employees Must Provide Medical Care to Which They Object (WashingtonPost.com)

The Bush Administration has proposed new regulations which would deny federal money to medical facilities if they required employees to act against their religious conscience in providing certain health benefits.  This raises a number of pertinent questions: Does this go too far, or is it just what religious employees need?  Is the proposed regulation too broad, or just right?  Should […]

 
 

Prof. Daniel Crane – "A Judeo-Christian Argument for Privatizing Marriage" (Cardozo Law Review)

In this law review article, Cardozo Law School professor Daniel Crane argues that marriage has traditionally been in the province of faith, not of the state, and that this should be taken into consideration when evaluating proposed marriage amendments. The full article is available in PDF format at http://www.cardozolawreview.com/PastIssues/CRANE.WEBSITE.pdf Here is a brief excerpt (citations available at the link): Opponents […]

 
 

J. Brent Walker – "Church and State in the USA: Promises and Challenges"

This thought-provoking address was given by J. Brent Walker of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty at the Congress on Religious Liberty in Buenos Aires, Argentina on April 28, 2008.  It was originally posted on the BJC website (bjcpa.org) and is reposted here in its entirety with permission. Good morning! I appreciate the kind invitation of Raul Scialabba to […]

 
 

Obama Sets Off a Debate on Ties Between Religion and Government (NY Times)

Religion and the politics are experiencing an interesting mix this election season.  Peter Steinfels, of the New York Times, explores this mix in the following article: From the New York Times By Peter Steinfels Published: July 5, 2008 On Tuesday, Senator Barack Obama did his best to reclaim for Democrats the idea of partnerships between government and grass-roots religious groups […]

 
 

Registrar wins same-sex tribunal (BBC)

From the BBC – A marriage registrar was harassed for refusing to conduct same-sex ceremonies, a tribunal has ruled. Lillian Ladele, who said the civil partnership ceremonies went against her Christian faith, hailed the decision as a "victory for religious liberty". The tribunal ruled that Miss Ladele was discriminated against on grounds of religious beliefs and was harassed. Islington council […]

 
 

Largest religious liberty festival to date draws 45,000

Angola: rebuilding country promotes freedom of belief Adventist News Network Some 45,000 Angolans gathered at a sports stadium in Luanda June 28 to celebrate freedom of religion in their country, which is rebuilding in the aftermath of a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002. The festival, the largest to date, followed a three-day religious liberty congress sponsored by the […]

 
 

Landowner Of Proposed Muslim Community Site Files Suit Against Town

In Walkersville, Maryland, a landowner who wanted to sell his farm to a Muslim group is suing the town for religious discrimination because they have refused his right to do so. This is a classic case of "NIMBYism" (Not in My Back Yard) where city officials used what sounds like neutral language to carefully make it impossible for a religious […]