Archive for: May, 2009

The dangers of relinquishing liberty for a quiet and "safe" life

In recent months, it has become increasingly clear that religious freedom, or any individual liberties for that matter, are best respected in lands where private property and financial resources are respected by the state.  Mark Steyn explores the themes of private property and financial responsibility in this speech describing the dangers other nations are facing when they fail to respect these […]


Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor's rulings on religious issues

University of Toledo law professor Howard M. Friedman has compiled a list of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's rulings on religion clause issues at his blog, Religion Clause. Sotomayor has served on the Second Circuit since 1998. She served as a federal district court judge in the Southern District of New York from 1992 to 1998.


On the Table

On the Table

 A collection of the latest news and opinions.   VIRGINIA: Laid-off religious workers denied jobless benefits Under Virginia law, as in many states, tax exemptions for religious organizations include freedom from paying unemployment taxes, though the IRS requires they pay Social Security and withholding taxes.  For workers who are left jobless, unemployment benefits are a big piece of the social […]


China and Brazil Plan to Dump Dollar (FT)

This news will have significant repercussions for the United States economy.  Editor Brazil and China will work towards using their own currencies in trade transactions rather than the US dollar, according to Brazil's central bank and aides to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil's president. The move follows recent Chinese challenges to the status of the dollar as the world's leading […]


US Commission on International Religious Freedom Issues 2009 Report – 13 Nations of concern

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Friday, May 1, announced its 2009 recommendations to Congress, the White House and the State Department that 13 nations-Burma, China, North Korea, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam-be named "countries of particular concern," or CPCs.  USCIRF is a bipartisan Federal Commission, whose Commissioners […]


TURKMENISTAN: Old "offences" still used to punish current religious activity (Forum 18)

EXCERPT: By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service Former prisoner of conscience Shageldy Atakov, is the latest victim of Turkmenistan's use of old "offences" to punish current activity, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. Officials under orders from the central authorities are now threatening to confiscate Atakov's property, if he does not pay an enormous sum he is alleged by […]


Around the globe, religious freedom under assault (Read it News)

EXCERPT: At a time when religious persecution is at the heart of the world's most violent conflicts, religious freedom matters. That's why the 2009 report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom should be required reading for policymakers in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. Released on May 1, the report documents in chilling detail the global assault on freedom of […]


Pope urges religious reconciliation (Al Jazeera)

Excerpt: Pope Benedict XVI has called on followers of the three major monotheistic religions to put their differences behind them and work towards reconciliation. … "Jews, Muslims and Christians alike call this city their spiritual home… Thereshould be no place within these walls for narrowness, discrimination, violence and injustice," Benedict said. "Believers in a God of mercy … must be the […]


North Korea Freedom Week –

North Korea has long been recognized as one of the world's worst abusers of religious freedom. This week in Washington, D.C., North Korean defectors and human rights activists came together to bring attention to the situation… From The Christian Broadcasting Network CBN


Oregon Senate Passes Workplace Religious Freedom Act

WORKPLACE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PASSES OREGON STATE SENATE! Tuesday,  May 5, 2009 at the Oregon Legislature, with the leadership of Senator David Nelson (R-Pendleton District) and the bipartisan support of Republicans and Democrats, we finally realized the fruits of our labor in the Senate passage of our Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act, SB 786-A (see attached). The vote was 19-11. It is […]