Human Rights

Manifest Destiny and the Momentum of Empire: Making Sense of America's Global War on Terrorism

By Gregory W. Hamilton Today there are two significant global movements that enjoy a symbiotic relationship. The first involves America's accelerated role as the world's propagator of democratic values, and as a matter of national and international security the world's enforcer of those values. The second is the not-so-obvious rapid global expansion of Christianity, a phenomenon that is aided by […]

 
 

This Weekend . . . Celebrate Freedom

he term "religious liberty" encompasses a wide variety of issues. There are things that need to be known, a Constitution that needs protection, lives that need to be saved, voices that need to be heard. But to be able to appreciate "what" needs to be known, protected, saved, and heard, you need to know what "it" is.  Freedom to worship? […]

 
 

Pastors Challenge the IRS: Using the Pulpit to Promote Candidates

During this hotly contested election year, some church pastors are deliberately promoting candidates, knowing that the Internal Revenue Service could remove their tax-exempt status as the result. In Minnesota, Pastor Gus Booth, of the Warroad Community Church, not only promoted a candidate, but wrote to the Internal Revenue Service, told them what he was doing, and dared them to investigate.  […]

 
 

Wisconsin: Freedom from Religion Foundation Asks State to Halt Assembly Prayers

Last July, Wisconsin State Representative Terry Moulton led his colleagues in prayer: "In your name, and by the power of your spirit, I come against the Evil One. And I ask that he be cast from this place, this day." Not necessarily the most ecumenical of prayers, and now the Freedom from Religion Foundation has asked the Speaker of the […]

 
 

California Supreme Court to Decide A Case Where Medical Rights v. Workplace Religious Freedom

Soon after issuing its opinion that gay marriage cannot be prohibited under the Constitution, the California Supreme Court is about to issue a ruling in a case where a physician declined to provide fertilization services on a lesbian (unmarried) couple, but referred them to another clinic that did provide the service on the basis that performing the service would violate […]

 
 

VIDEO: 16-year-old boy dies from lack of medical treatment; family plans religious freedom defense

A 16-year-old Clackamas, Oregon boy, Neal Beagley, died Tuesday, June 17, following complications from an infected urethra. As he was older than 14 years of age, he could determine which medical treatment he received or did not receive, and he chose the path of faith healing. Physicians felt that a catheter would have saved his life had he sought professional medical treatment.  He […]

 
 

Religious Freedom Problems Growing in Indonesia (UPI)

Although the Constitution of Indonesia provides for the freedom of religion and belief since 2000, these freedoms have been increasingly restricted. In an article published today, Dr. Philip Setunga, a staff member of the Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong, reports on Indonesia's issues at: http://upiasiaonline.com/Human_Rights/2008/06/10/religious_freedom_not_secure_in_indonesia/8244/

 
 

OPINION: Gay Rights and Religious Liberty (Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Times today published an article by Marc D. Stern of the American Jewish Congress describing the impact that gay marriage might have on religious organizations. A link follows these excerpts: In its controversial decision, the [California Supreme Court] insisted that these same-sex marriages would not "diminish any other person's constitutional rights" or "impinge upon the religious freedom […]

 
 

Congressman Trent Franks: It is 'Critical' that nations reaffirm religious freedom (ANN)

Congressman Trent Franks (Arizona), who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Religious Freedom Taskforce, spoke at the North American Religious LIberty Association Annual Dinner on June 12, 2008. He called for the enforcement of international agreements on religious freedom. ""It's critical that other nations join with us in reaffirming this foundational human right and stand for the freedom of all […]

 
 

WANTED: Freedom Champions

Think about the words "land of the free home of the brave." It takes integrity, sacrifice, awareness, and courage to maintain our freedoms. A nation where freedom reigns needs courageous men and women to speak out when they see injustice. Martin Niemöller is famous for his lament about not speaking out when individuals were unjustly losing their freedom in Nazi […]