Church and State

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 (bjcpa.org) 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 […]

 
 

NEWS / ANALYSIS: Obama to expand Bush's faith based charities and support their right to hire/fire based on faith (AP)

Jennifer Loven of the Chicago AP bureau reports today that Barack Obama is announcing plans to expand the amount of federal social service funding that will be going to religious organizations that provide services to their local communities. CHICAGO (AP) – Reaching out to evangelical voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is announcing plans that would expand President Bush's program […]

 
 

Take Money, Lose Faith – Seven Catholic Schools turned into public schools in Washington DC (Maryland Daily Record)

Charles C. Haynes points out the trap that religious schools can fall into if they decide to take government money.  For those of you who study the tight bonds between money and religious freedom, this story is a must-read. – Editor EXCERPT: CHARLES C. HAYNES Special to The Daily Record June 27, 2008 On June 16, seven Roman Catholic schools […]

 
 

VIDEO: Michael Newdow in Panel at Boston College on Religious Freedom and the Pledge of Allegiance

This is particularly relevant this election year. From http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/newdow/  October 18, 2006 – Boston College – Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Every day millions of schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the American flag and "the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Michael Newdow is a lawyer, physician, and […]

 
 

Professor Steven Calabresi on Enforcing Morality (Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy)

In this essay published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Steven Calabresi, the George C. Dix Professor of Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law, comments on Judge Robert Bork's thought-provoking book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, specifically focusing on governmental efforts to enforce morality.  Calabresi argues that there is a place in the government for legislating morality. "This […]

 
 

RAW MATERIALS: This week's Obama / Dobson broughaha

To help understand what's going on between Focus on the Family's Dr. James Dobson and Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, we have assembled the raw materials and news stories about the subject. 1. Read Obama's Speech from June 28, 2006 "Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, […]

 
 

"A Call To Renewal" – Barack Obama on the Role of Religion in Public Life

BARACK OBAMA TRANSCRIPT: 'Call to Renewal' Keynote Address Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Washington, DC Good morning. I appreciate the opportunity to speak here at the Call to Renewal's Building a Covenant for a New America conference. I've had the opportunity to take a look at your Covenant for a New America. It is filled with outstanding policies and prescriptions for […]

 
 

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.  […]

 
 

VIDEO: Interview with James Carroll about Christianity and Violence

Trinity Institute's Bob Scott talks with James Carroll, author, activist and former Catholic priest about religion and violence. Discusses Constantine's introduction of state power to the church, how the cross became a sword during the Middle Ages, and how this affects current conflicts between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.