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Unlikely Allies on Prison Reform – Coming together on a wedge issue (New York Times)

For conservatives and liberals, issues such as crime and punishment are losing their divisiveness as the left recognizes the importance of fighting crime and the right finds practical reasons for reform.  We will see more of this as the former religious right is pushed into irrelevance. By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN EXCERPT: In those moments of recognition, Mr. [Mark] Earley began […]

 
 

VIDEO: Michael Newdow in Panel at Boston College on Religious Freedom and the Pledge of Allegiance

This is particularly relevant this election year. From http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/newdow/  October 18, 2006 – Boston College – Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Every day millions of schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the American flag and "the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Michael Newdow is a lawyer, physician, and […]

 
 

Historical Profile: John Wycliffe – Morning Star of the Reformation (Excerpt from Foxe's Book of Martyrs)

One of my favorite reformers has to be John Wycliffe, who translated the language of the Latin Vulgate into language that everybody could understand.  This weekend, as part of our weekend inspirational series, we are pleased to present this excerpt from the classic, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, not because of any connection with a particular faith, but rather because Wycliffe […]

 
 

ADVOCACY: There's More to Faith than James Dobson (FaithfulAmerica.org)

ADVOCACY: There's More to Faith than James Dobson (FaithfulAmerica.org)

Is Focus on the Family president James Dobson's opinion worth more than the beliefs of the entire American population? The cable news networks seem to think so. Early this week, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a groundbreaking survey of 35,000 Americans documenting the diversity and tolerance of people of faith and the growing consensus around issues […]

 
 

This Fourth of July, Celebrate Religious Freedom (The Baptist Standard)

Brent Walker, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty says that it is time to celebrate our religious freedom this 4th of July. Our founders protected our God-given freedom by barring government from meddling in religion or taking sides in religious disputes. As a result, and as a consequence of their foresight and wisdom, America is one […]

 
 

Professor Steven Calabresi on Enforcing Morality (Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy)

In this essay published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Steven Calabresi, the George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law, comments on Judge Robert Bork's thought-provoking book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, specifically focusing on governmental efforts to enforce morality.  Calabresi argues that there is a place in the government for legislating morality. "This […]

 
 

VIDEO: Increasing American Religious Comity (Pew Forum by way of Spectrum Magazine)

Thanks to Alexander Carpenter for finding this great video.   Click here to watch and review the analysis: http://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2008/06/25/pew_video_increasing_american_religious_comity Although a majority of Americans say religion is very important to them, nearly three-quarters of them say they believe that many faiths besides their own can lead to salvation, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. […]

 
 

RAW MATERIALS: This week's Obama / Dobson broughaha

To help understand what's going on between Focus on the Family's Dr. James Dobson and Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, we have assembled the raw materials and news stories about the subject. 1. Read Obama's Speech from June 28, 2006 "Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, […]

 
 

"A Call To Renewal" – Barack Obama on the Role of Religion in Public Life

BARACK OBAMA TRANSCRIPT: 'Call to Renewal' Keynote Address Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Washington, DC Good morning. I appreciate the opportunity to speak here at the Call to Renewal's Building a Covenant for a New America conference. I've had the opportunity to take a look at your Covenant for a New America. It is filled with outstanding policies and prescriptions for […]

 
 

Dobson says Obama has "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution and is distorting Bible; still won't vote for McCain

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – In a soon-to-be-aired episode of his non-profit, tax-exempt radio program "Focus on the Family," Dr. James Dobson accuses Barack Obama of pandering to the "lowest common demoninator of morality" with his "fruitcake interpretation" of the U.S. Constitution and distortion of the Bible. "Am I required in a democracy to conform my efforts in the political arena […]