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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. […]

 
 

Significant Differences Emerging Between McCain and Obama in Prospective Judicial Nominees (NY Times)

It is looking more and more likely that either Barack Obama or John McCain will be the next President of the United States.  They will leave a lasting legacy in the form of their judicial appointments. The New York Times today posted a good analysis of how they may decide who interprets the law.  Thanks to Greg Hamilton of the […]

 
 

Belarus: ‘We are reclaiming our history as a land of religious freedom' (ChristianToday.com)

Read the full version, which includes a fascinating review of the history of religious liberty in Belarus, online at http://www.christiantoday.com/articledir/print.htm?id=19015 by By Antoni Bokun, Pastor of John the Baptist Pentecostal Church in Minsk Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2008, 10:54 (BST) Belarus has been renowned [for its] freedom of conscience for centuries. This is why religious freedom, which the current state […]

 
 

Does Constitution apply to enemy combatant on U.S. soil? (AP)

Does Constitution apply to enemy combatant on U.S. soil? (AP)

In the War Against Terror, it may be difficult to determine who the enemy is.  Does the Constitution apply to a U.S. resident held on U.S. soil? WASHINGTON (AP) — If his cell were at Guantanamo Bay, the prisoner would be just one of hundreds of suspected terrorists detained offshore, where the U.S. says the Constitution does not apply.   […]

 
 

Barack Obama's judicial nominees (Baltimore Sun)

James Oliphant of the Baltimore Sun blogged about Barack Obama's judicial nominees. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/05/printer-obama_on_judges.html Here is some of what Obama has said on the topic: What you're looking for is somebody who is going to apply the law where it's clear. Now there's gonna be those five percent of cases or one percent of cases where the law isn't clear. And […]

 
 

McCain to make religious freedom a key foreign policy issue (AFP)

Religion continues to be a hot issue in the 2008 Presidential Campaign.  Thanks for this link goes to Greg Hamilton at the Northwest Religious Liberty Association. Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080507/pl_afp/usvoterepublicanmccain&printer=1;_ylt=AhjJFbLNU1DYDT4tT6gbFpGtOrgF by Carlos Hamann Wed May 7, 3:52 PM ET WASHINGTON (AFP) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain vowed in a speech on Wednesday to make freedom of religion a […]

 
 

McCain Says He Would Put Conservatives on Supreme Court (Washington Post)

When you cast your vote in November, you're not only voting for the President and the administration, you are voting for his or her nominations for Supreme Court justices who could impact constitutional interpretation for decades to come.  Thanks to Greg Hamilton of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association for alerting us to this news story.  Admin   By Juliet Eilperin […]