Human Life

Conversation is the True Work of Peacemaking – Huffington Post

Last week I spent three days at a gathering of the leaders of the Religious Peace Fellowships in Stony Point, N.Y. There were representatives from more than a dozen Christian denominations — from Catholic and Orthodox to Mennonite and Brethren — as well as Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist peace fellowships. And me, from the Adventist Peace Fellowship. It was the first time such a gathering had taken place in many years. It was clear that while peacemaking in our increasingly violent world was an urgent priority for all of us, working together across denominational and religious lines was something we didn't understand as well.

 
 

Investigation led ex-KGB agent to Christianity | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

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Pope says European sex education an 'attack' on religious freedom (AFP)

EXCERPT: Sex and civic education in schools in Europe is an "attack" on religious freedom, Pope Benedict XVI said on Monday, following a Vatican row with Spain over a new course promoting liberal values. "I cannot remain silent about another attack on the religious freedom of families in certain European countries which mandate obligatory participation in courses of sexual or […]

 
 

Religious Liberty 2010 – A Year in Review

By Jason Hines – 2010 has been an interesting year in the area of church-state relations, both at home and abroad. While we cannot cover every event of magnitude that took place this year in this forum, we will touch on some of the more important events have taken place over the last 365 days. American Events In March, the […]

 
 

Say No to the Defamation of Religions Resolutions, Yes to the Right to Believe (Open Doors)

This year the Defamation of Religions Resolution will once again be voted on in the UN General Assembly. Its supporters claim that it protects religious freedom… but in fact it does the exact opposite. It allows governments the power to determine which religious views can and can't be expressed in their country, and it gives the state the right to […]

 
 

Walla Walla – Shelter for Freedom Screens Documentary Film “Cargo: Innocence Lost”

Walla Walla – Shelter for Freedom Screens Documentary Film “Cargo: Innocence Lost”

By Martin Surridge  A multitude of Walla Walla University students joined local community members and concerned citizens at Shelter for Freedom's headlining event on Saturday night, January 16, 2010, filling Whitman College's Cordiner Hall for the screening of the documentary film "Cargo: Innocence Lost." The screening, which was followed by a panel discussion, was just one of nine events during the four-day […]

 
 

Pat Robertson, the Earthquake in Haiti, and the Righteousness of God

Pat Robertson, the Earthquake in Haiti, and the Righteousness of God

In 1999, comedian George Carlin wrote, “Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! But He loves you.”

I thought about Carlin's statement as I watched a clip of Pat Robertson blaming this week's earthquake in Haiti on a mythical pact that the people of Haiti supposedly made with the Devil in order to become independent of France over two centuries ago. ““[E]ver since they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor,” Robertson said.

 
 

Cargo: Innocence Lost Movie

Cargo: Innocence Lost – Film screening – Saturday, January 16, 5:00 pm, Cordiner Hall, Whitman College – Documentary by Michael Cory Davis on human trafficking in the United States – Anne Archer will introduce the film and Michael Cory Davis – Panel discussion to follow featuring Anne Archer, Michael Cory Davis and law enforcement, slavery advocates and others with knowledge […]

 
 

China and a Canadian Newspaper call for worldwide one-child policy

This comes from the left end of the political spectrum and presents what may simply be rhetorical posturing, or a harbinger of the next big issue.  Aside from a one-child policy we can expect it to trickle into areas having to do with euthanasia, health care, etc.  China has recently been calling for an international one-child policy as an answer […]

 
 

House Healthcare Vote – A Huge Triumph for the Catholic Church (America Magazine)

EXCERPTS from America Magazine Blog – 11/8/09 The House Vote: A Huge Triumph for the Church Posted at: 2009-11-08 08:02:54.0 Author: Michael Sean Winters It is difficult to over-estimate the degree to which last night's vote in the House, passing a comprehensive health care reform bill, was a huge victory for the Catholic Church. Yes, for the USCCB, but also […]