Archive for: 2011

BILL TRACKER: Congress Votes to Reauthorize US Commission on International Religious Freedom

H.R. 2867: United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2011 is now on President Obama's desk.  There had been some concern that the USCIRF may not have been approved by the Senate. Bookmark this page to track the latest developments. The funding and function of USCIRF was the subject of a recent Liberty Magazine Roundtable […]


Adventist church leaders meet with Hungarian ambassador on looming deregistration of churches

Religious liberty leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church this week met the Hungarian ambassador to the United States in an effort to help officials from that country better understand the potential effects of a looming deregistration of churches.


New York City 'Workplace Religious Freedom Act' Clarifies Religious Accommodation Requirements for Employers

On August 30, 2011, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the "Workplace Religious Freedom Act"  (Int. 632-A) into law clarifying what requirements employers are required to meet to demonstrate that they have done all that is necessary to make a reasonable attempt to accommodate the bona fide religious needs of employees. Under pre-existing law, employers were required to provide […]


Should Congress Continue to Fund the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom?

Should Congress Continue to Fund the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom?

(This article was written as a contribution to a Liberty Magazine Round Table discussion. Read the other responses and contribute your thoughts at ) By Michael D. Peabody – In August 2011, the Pew Research Institute released a study, Rising Restrictions on Religion, which found that more than a third of the population of the world lives in nations where government […]


Trial Court Upholds Most of Canada's Anti-Polygamy Law (Religion Clause blog)

Law Professor Howard Friedman reports on his Religion Clause blog: Excerpt: In Canada, the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the province's superior trial court) today upheld most of Canada's anti-polygamy law (Sec. 293 of Criminal Code of Canada) against challenges to it brought under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The suit was brought as a reference case by […]


Vatican again urges radical reform of global marketplace – The Irish Times

Excerpt:  TRADE ISSUES: FOR THE second time in the last month, the Holy See has argued that international trade markets need to be radically reformed. The point was made by secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone who, at a Vatican meeting of European Bishops' Conferences on the New Evangelisation yesterday said: "The [global] crisis illustrates clearly the untenability of a […]


John F. Kennedy's Speech Affirming Separation of Church and State

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference; and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.


ANALYSIS: Bishops Claim Religious Liberty Under Assault

The Church can assert its right speak in the the public square, but it should not assume power it does not have in order to force the rest of society to follow its lead.


U.S. Senator Lieberman Describes Sabbath Observance in New Book

Senator Joseph Lieberman, Independent-Democrat of Connecticut and former vice presidential candidate describes his observance of the Sabbath in his new book entitled, "The Gift of Rest." Description: The Sabbath is a gift that Senator Joe Lieberman, as an observant Jew, received from his parents who, in turn, received it from their parents, who received it from generations of Jews before […]


Film Review: “One Nation Under God” (2011): Misinterpreted facts and frightening conclusions

Film Review: “One Nation Under God” (2011): Misinterpreted facts and frightening conclusions

By Jason Hines, Esq. – Yesterday was a premiere event for the Religious Right movement. In churches, homes, and other venues around the country, conservative Christians watched the premiere of "One Nation Under God," a DVD created by the group United in Purpose, headed by Bill Dallas. (You can find out more general information about the DVD at the One […]