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Balancing Government Secrecy and Accountability – What Should the Next President Do?

In attempting to increase national security, has the Bush administration gone too far in sacrificing accountability for secrecy? What does this mean for the next president? The American Constitution Society (ACS) has recently published a new issue brief by Geoff Stone, entitled, On Secrecy and Transparency: Thoughts for Congress and a New Administration, in which Stone argues that the Bush […]

 
 

America's Democratic Collapse – A Speech by Chris Hedges

On May 28, Pulitzer Award winning journalist, Chris Hedges, gave a speech at Furman University in South Carolina. Although we do not necessarily agree with all of it, it does raise some interesting points for discussion. Here is the speech -click on the link to read the rest at Alternet.org: I used to live in a country called America. It […]

 
 

VIDEO: John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. on Religious Liberty

It seems like issues of a Presidential candidate's religion have always been an issue in elections going back to the 1960s. In this video clip, John F. Kennedy discusses how he believes church and state should relate to each other. It also features a brief clip of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. (Note: This video also contains […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Religious Pluralism & America's Christian Nation Debate: Revisiting the Intentions of America's Constitutional Founders

Religious Pluralism & America's Christian Nation Debate: Revisiting the Intentions of America's Constitutional Founders

By Gregory W. Hamilton The constitutional system of the United States of America remains the envy of the outside world despite the growing unrest of our European allies towards our country's Administration, and the continual provocation against it by terrorists and a few hostile Arab-Muslim nations. Yet the greatest threat to our constitutional system comes from within, and particularly from […]

 
 

NEWS BRIEFS: Global Privacy, Free Speech Issues

Study secretly tracks cell phone users outside US (AP) Researchers secretly tracked the locations of 100,000 people outside the United States through their cell phone use and concluded that most people rarely stray more than a few miles from home. The first-of-its-kind study by Northeastern University raises privacy and ethical questions for its monitoring methods, which would be illegal in […]

 
 

NEWS / OPINION: Law Professor Denied Communion Because He Supports Obama

No Religious Tests for Public Office? What about Political Tests to Receive Sacraments? Pepperdine University School of Law Professor, and former Constitutional law advisor for President Ronald Reagan, Douglas Kmiec was denied communion recently at a mass connected with a gathering of Catholic business people. The priest denounced Kmiec's endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, then refused to give Kmiec communion. […]

 
 

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 […]

 
 

Government, Religion, and a Mythical Past

Government, Religion, and a Mythical Past

By Karen Scott, Walt Pontynen, and Leigh Johnson In this  article, originally published in Spectrum in 2002, the authors discuss the intent of the founders of the United States and how historical revisionism obscures our national heritage. (Re-posted with Permission.) AMERICAN PHILOSOPHER and poet George Santayana (1863-1952) wrote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."1 Unfortunately, […]

 
 

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. […]