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VIDEOS: Independence Day Music

Today, in celebration of July 4th, we are pleased to present a few music videos, some older, some newer from a variety of sources.  If you get a few minutes between the hot dogs, fireworks, and parades, take a look.  The descriptions are from YouTube. The Star Spangled Banner – 1944 Theater Sing-Along During WWII, this version of the national […]


OPINION: Patrick J. Buchanan: The Wars of Religion Return (

Conservative commentator Patrick Buchanan, in a column published by Human Events, explores the conflict between those who want to achieve "social peace" between people regardless of their beliefs and the "duty" to "make God's Law man's law." The full article is online at Last week's clash between Dr. James Dobson and Barack Obama is but the latest skirmish in […]


VIDEO: For Independence Day – "Letters From War" by Mark Schultz

Regardless of what you think about the war, I think we all hope and pray that the men and women who are serving make it home safe.


NEWS / ANALYSIS: Obama to expand Bush's faith based charities and support their right to hire/fire based on faith (AP)

Jennifer Loven of the Chicago AP bureau reports today that Barack Obama is announcing plans to expand the amount of federal social service funding that will be going to religious organizations that provide services to their local communities. CHICAGO (AP) – Reaching out to evangelical voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is announcing plans that would expand President Bush's program […]


Take Money, Lose Faith – Seven Catholic Schools turned into public schools in Washington DC (Maryland Daily Record)

Charles C. Haynes points out the trap that religious schools can fall into if they decide to take government money.  For those of you who study the tight bonds between money and religious freedom, this story is a must-read. – Editor EXCERPT: CHARLES C. HAYNES Special to The Daily Record June 27, 2008 On June 16, seven Roman Catholic schools […]


IRLA Meeting draws large crowd in Angola

John Graz, Secretary General of the International Religious Liberty Association ( reports that 40,000 people attended the IRLA meeting in Luanda, Angola on June 28.  On July 5, a meeting will be held in St. Petersburg and on July 12 a Festival of Religious Freedom will be held in in Honolulu, and meetings are planned for Mexico in August 2008.


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  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 (

ADVOCACY: There's More to Faith than James Dobson (

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 […]