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OPINION: Gay Rights and Religious Liberty (Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Times today published an article by Marc D. Stern of the American Jewish Congress describing the impact that gay marriage might have on religious organizations. A link follows these excerpts: In its controversial decision, the [California Supreme Court] insisted that these same-sex marriages would not "diminish any other person's constitutional rights" or "impinge upon the religious freedom […]

 
 

OPINION: Courtship of religion complicates McCain and Obama campaigns

In an opinion piece published June 9 by Robert Novak, Novak describes the difficulty McCain has had winning the votes of religious right icons such as James Dobson and John Hagee and Catholics.  Hagee, of course, has alienated Catholics with his description of Catholicism as "Godless theology," something that McCain couldn't abide, and Hagee has told friends that McCain "threw […]

 
 

Religion-politics mix proves perilous (Christian Century)

If anything defines this election season, it is religion and politics, but as the Christian Century astutely points out, this can a troublesome mix. Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith. Mike Huckabee and his "Christian leader" ads. John McCain and John Hagee. Hillary Clinton and her "prayer warriors." Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright. The 2008 election has featured an extraordinary […]

 
 

The Pope, the President, and the Politics of Faith (Asia Times)

The balance between faith and politics is fragile, and Asia Times writer Spengler gives an interesting perspective in today's paper.  It is worth reading.  A link is provided following this excerpt: It is not only faith, but the temerity to act upon faith, that the pope and the president have in common. In the past I have characterized Benedict's stance […]

 
 

PROFILE: Rep. Chet Edwards Champions Separation of Church and State in Congress

PROFILE: Rep. Chet Edwards Champions Separation of Church and State in Congress

Rep. Chet Edwards represents President George Bush's home district (including Crawford, Texas) in the United States House of Representatives. A moderate who considers himself a bridge-builder between left and right, and a Methodist who attends the Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, Rep. Edwards is a staunch supporter of the separation of church and state. Toby Druin of The Baptist […]

 
 

Congressman Trent Franks: It is 'Critical' that nations reaffirm religious freedom (ANN)

Congressman Trent Franks (Arizona), who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Religious Freedom Taskforce, spoke at the North American Religious LIberty Association Annual Dinner on June 12, 2008. He called for the enforcement of international agreements on religious freedom. ""It's critical that other nations join with us in reaffirming this foundational human right and stand for the freedom of all […]

 
 

Economics, Democracy, and Liberty – Where are we in the Cycle?

As you read this statement ask yourself – where is the United States in this cycle in 2008? A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess of the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most […]

 
 

Civil Justice Degrees Guide Identifies Top 100 Civil Liberties Advocacy Blogs

http://www.criminaljusticedegreesguide.com/library/the-top-100-civil-liberties-advocate-blogs.html Among the blogs are several dealing with religion, politics, and related topics. Religion These bloggers are committed to fighting religious discrimination by informing the public of their right to practice their religion around the world. Religion News Blog: Religion News Blog is a great resource for finding quality information about religious rights and freedoms, cult issues and the presence […]

 
 

Barack Obama on Separation of Church and State

"[Conservative leaders] need to understand the critical role that the separation of church and state has played in preserving not only our democracy, but the robustness of our religious practice. Folks tend to forget that during our founding, it wasn't the atheists or the civil libertarians who were the most effective champions of the First Amendment. It was the persecuted […]

 
 

WANTED: Freedom Champions

Think about the words "land of the free home of the brave." It takes integrity, sacrifice, awareness, and courage to maintain our freedoms. A nation where freedom reigns needs courageous men and women to speak out when they see injustice. Martin Niemöller is famous for his lament about not speaking out when individuals were unjustly losing their freedom in Nazi […]