Archive for: July, 2008

It's about the Kids, Stupid: A Review of The Future of Marriage by David Blankenhorn (Nicholas P. Miller)

In response to the articles by Professor David Crane and John Stevens regarding potential problems with a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage, attorney Nicholas P. Miller has offered the following essay in which he responded to The Future of Marriage, by David Blankenhorn.  One of the bedrock principles of ReligiousLiberty.TV is to present opportunity for all thoughtful voices to be […]


Namibia: Divine Right and 'Moron' (

This is a fascinating article about the relationship between church and state in Namibia. EXCERPTS: Churches were major driving forces in getting Namibia's independence on the formal international agenda through resistive courage, a record that worldwide is, unfortunately, neither consistent nor unblemished; they do support the wrong side sometimes! But in Namibia's case they did well and the political […]


Prof. Daniel Crane – "A Judeo-Christian Argument for Privatizing Marriage" (Cardozo Law Review)

In this law review article, Cardozo Law School professor Daniel Crane argues that marriage has traditionally been in the province of faith, not of the state, and that this should be taken into consideration when evaluating proposed marriage amendments. The full article is available in PDF format at Here is a brief excerpt (citations available at the link): Opponents […]


John Stevens responds to Prof. Daniel Crane's article on privatizing marriage

John V. Stevens, Sr., an experienced religious liberty advocate, responds to Professor Crane's article "A Judeo-Christian Argument for Privatizing Marriage" from his perspective as a Seventh-day Adventist.  He has provided his kind permission to reproduce it here.  I hope that this can be a springboard for discussion on this important issue facing all Americans regardless of religious affiliation. Editor Thank […]


VIDEO CLIP: Compulsion in religion and the freedom to disbelieve

Dr. Ravi Zacharias speaks out in support of religious freedom and against attempts to create theocracy.  He also tells a couple of very interesting stories about religious freedom in other countries.  It was recorded at a recent event at the Atlanta Civic Center and you might also recognize the event MC.  Ravi Zacharias answers a tough question about religious freedom- […]


Bush Calls for Religious Freedom in China, Iran (Voice of America)

Bush Calls for Religious Freedom in China, Iran  (Voice of America)

By Paula Wolfson White House 14 July 2008 U.S. President George Bush says he will continue to press for greater religious freedom in his meetings with world leaders – including those in China. VOA's Paula Wolfson reports Mr. Bush spoke at a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of legislation designed to promote religious freedom around the world. George W. Bush […]


China Responds: "China reject's Bush's 'religious freedom' remarks" and asks him to stop "interfering" in internal affairs (Xinhuanet)

BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhua) — Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao on Wednesday rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's remarks concerning religion freedom in China, urging the United States to view China's religious condition with a just and objective attitude. "China is a country under the rule of law, and the Chinese government protects its citizens' freedom of religious belief […]


Announcing and Enacting Peace in an Age of Empire

Announcing and Enacting Peace in an Age of Empire

By Ryan Bell   Introduction/Story Who are the children of God? Who will inherit the kingdom of God? These are the questions that are heavy on the minds of the Jewish people at the time Jesus begins his public ministry. There was a great debate between the various parties of the Jewish people about how God's kingdom would finally be […]


J. Brent Walker – “Church and State in the USA: Promises and Challenges”

This thought-provoking address was given by J. Brent Walker of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty at the Congress on Religious Liberty in Buenos Aires, Argentina on April 28, 2008.  It was originally posted on the BJC website ( and is reposted here in its entirety with permission. Good morning! I appreciate the kind invitation of Raul Scialabba to […]


Obama Sets Off a Debate on Ties Between Religion and Government (NY Times)

Religion and the politics are experiencing an interesting mix this election season.  Peter Steinfels, of the New York Times, explores this mix in the following article: From the New York Times By Peter Steinfels Published: July 5, 2008 On Tuesday, Senator Barack Obama did his best to reclaim for Democrats the idea of partnerships between government and grass-roots religious groups […]