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  • Mandate Debate: Why I Cannot Support Hobby Lobby’s “Religious Freedom” Claim

    11/28/2013 9:49:22 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 120 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 11/27/2013 | Jason Hines
    By Jason Hines - Yesterday the Supreme Court decided to hear two cases regarding the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The interesting aspect of these cases is that the companies involved (Hobby Lobby being the more famous of the two) are for profit companies whose owners are committed Christians who believe that certain forms of contraception covered by the mandate are against their religious beliefs and that they should not be paying to provide them for their customers. I think now is as good a time as any to point out the hypocrisy in the fact that Hobby...
  • Religious Liberty News Briefs

    09/26/2013 8:39:48 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 09/24/2013 | Michael Peabody
    Scores Dead After Church Bombed in Pakistan On Sunday, in what is called the deadliest attack on Christians in Pakistan to date, suicide bombers killed at least 78 worshippers and wounded 140 at the All Saints Church in Peshawar. Christians make up about four percent of Pakistan’s population of 180 million. "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act" introduced in CongressOn September 19, a bipartisan group introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prevent the federal government from discriminating through the tax code against individual religious believers who hold the principle that marriage is a union of one man and one woman. According to bill author,...
  • How Would An Attack on Syria Affect the Religious Liberty of the Syrian People?

    09/10/2013 10:03:52 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 2 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 09/07/2013 | Michael Peabody
    Despite serious public opposition to involvement in another quagmire in the Middle East, chances are the United States will soon be involved in the two-year-old civil war in Syria. While there are many questions regarding how this will help or hinder national foreign policy aims, few have considered how a shift in power could affect the religious freedom of the people of Syria. Religion in Syria Syria is a nation of 22.7 million people covering 184,180 square km, approximately the size of the U.S. state of Washington. The population is predominantly Muslim, with 59-60% identifying as Sunni and 13% identifying...
  • “The Price of Citizenship”? NM S.Ct. Rules Christian must photograph same-sex ceremony

    08/23/2013 10:00:45 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 35 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 08/23/2013 | Michael Peabody
    August 23, 2013 - ReligiousLiberty.TV [dc]Y[/dc]esterday, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment does not protect a photographer’s decision not to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony even if it would violate the photographer’s deeply held religious beliefs.  In 2006, Elane Huguenin, owner of Elane Photography, declined a request to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. In 2008, the New Mexico Human Rights Commission ruled that she had engaged in illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation and ordered her to pay $6,600 in attorney fees. [caption id="attachment_6018" align="alignleft" width="146"] Elaine Huguenin[/caption] Vanessa Willock, who requested the photography, is an...
  • A Matter of Honor

    02/01/2013 11:34:02 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 02/01/2013 | Michael D. Peabody
    By Michael Peabody [dc]I[/dc]n 2010, La Sierra University, a Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts institution in Southern California, named its “Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship Center” after notorious abortion provider Edward C. Allred. Allred, a 1964 graduate of Loma Linda University Medical School, has achieved legendary status in the pro-life community for his frank comments in a 1980 interview with the San Diego Union. (The full article, entitled “Doctor’s Abortion Business is Lucrative” is available here.) In the article, Allred described how he was able perform more abortions, more quickly, in a more cost-effective manner.  In addition to eliminating pre-abortion psychiatric counseling,...
  • Christian University in California Names Center after Notorious Abortionist

    01/31/2013 11:45:08 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/16/2013 | LifeSiteNews
    Riverside, California, January 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Seventh-day Adventist website ADvindicate has recently drawn attention to the fact that La Sierra University has named a new economics centre after abortionist and gambling magnate Edward C. Allred, who in 1980 claimed to have personally aborted a quarter of a million babies in twelve years. In 2010, La Sierra, a Seventh-day Adventist University in Riverside, California, established the Edward C. Allred Center to promote free market economics among high school students. The centre’s abortionist namesake founded the Family Planning Associates Medical Group in 1969, a chain of abortion clinics that reportedly...
  • Florida Amendment 8: A Trojan Horse That Could Regulate Churches' Free Speech

    10/29/2012 8:39:05 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | October 29, 2012 | Michael D. Peabody
    Next week, Florida voters will decide on whether to remove language in the Florida State Constitution that bars religious or sectarian institutions from receiving state money. Currently religious organizations are able to use state money for charitable purposes but are barred from using it to spread religious messages.The ballot measure, termed a “religious freedom” amendment by the state legislature, has caused concern among public educators because of fears could open the door for a voucher system that would allow public money to go to religious schools.  The Florida Supreme Court overturned school vouchers in 2006 but the amendment could open...
  • God is Not a Torturer: Debunking the Doctrine of Eternal Torment

    10/17/2012 5:32:20 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 79 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 10/17/2012 | Michael Peabody
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 [caption id="attachment_5052" align="alignright" width="215" caption=""The Water Torture.— Facsimile of a Woodcut in J. Damhoudère's Praxis Rerum Criminalium: in 4to, Antwerp, 1556.""][/caption] Pouring water over the covered face of an immobilized person is a brutal thing to do. The captive experiences severe pain and an overwhelming sensation of drowning. Some victims have even been known to break their bones as they struggle against the restraints. But waterboarding is nothing compared with what American theologian...
  • Two American Christian Pastors Jailed Within One Week in July

    07/19/2012 7:15:55 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 2 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | July 19, 2012 | Michael D. Peabody
    Last week two Christian pastors were jailed in the United States for violation of court orders involving two different types of property cases. In Phoenix, Arizona, Pastor Michael Salman of the Harvest Christian Fellowship Community Church (not affiliated with the Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA) is serving a 60-day prison sentence for violating building, fire, and zoning codes. In 2008 Salman received a permit to build a 2,000 square foot “game room” which expressly prohibited its use as a church, business or assembly because it did not meet the physical requirements that such structures were required to meet. Large...
  • Is it Really Persecution? Phoenix Enforcement of Safety and Zoning Ordinances

    07/14/2012 11:23:21 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 9 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 07/14/2012 | Michael Peabody
    Cries of religious persecution rose in the Arizona desert after Phoenix pastor Michael Salman began serving a 60 day jail sentence on July 9 and faces a $12,000 fine after refusing to stop holding a Bible study at his home. But like any news story, it is important to get past the headlines making their way across the media and blogosphere and take a look at the facts. The Bible study, known as the Harvest Christian Fellowship Community Church, is actually held in a building, constructed in 2008, that seats 100 people in what used to be the backyard of...
  • A Faithful Nation

    07/09/2012 4:46:35 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 3 replies
    Liberty Magazine ^ | July 1, 2012 | Michael Peabody
    EXCERPT: Just because Christians believe something does not mean that the government needs to make a law to enforce that belief. To put it bluntly, in America it is legal to believe things that could compromise your own eternal salvation. The state will not stand in the way of incorrect theology. And it would be wrong for the state to assume such power, because, in Protestant thought, spiritual actions and even knowledge without an internal change of heart are worthless. Conservatives who often express great concern about an emerging "nanny state" ought to take specific note of religious rules coming...
  • American Values: The Individual Mandate vs. Social Darwinism

    06/28/2012 6:02:58 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | June 26, 2012 | Michael Peabody
    WRITTEN IN ADVANCE OF THE DECISION. ADDRESSES HISTORY OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. By Michael D. Peabody - Sometime this week the United States Supreme Court will decide whether the majority of provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act are constitutional. Called Obamacare, first by detractors and then by supporters reclaiming the phrase, it promises Americans a wide variety of health care benefits. Under provisions already in place, young people can stay on their parents’ health care insurance until age 26 and small businesses can claim a tax deduction for providing health insurance to their employees. Many conservatives...
  • Notre Dame v. Obama and the Compulsion of the Morally Unwilling

    06/09/2012 4:45:07 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 12 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 06/09/2012 | Douglas Kmiec
    Spurred by a controversy over a highly restrictive religious exemption which as originally announced had the net effect of mandating Catholic employers to become facilitators of contraceptive practice, the topic of religious freedom continues to roil the early 2012 presidential race. The leadership of the Catholic bishops have called the skirmishing a “war.” Now, the golden-helmeted forces of the University of Notre Dame have come onto the field of battle, asking the judiciary to protect the religious freedom of Our Lady’s university from the President who – over great controversy – was awarded an honorary degree from the institution often...
  • Ninth Circuit to Determine Whether "Spiritualist" Charter Schools Get Tax Dollars

    05/17/2012 9:04:57 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 05/17/2012 | Michael Peabody
    CASE NOTE: 10-17720 Plans Inc. v. Sacramento City Unified School District[caption id="attachment_4394" align="alignright" width="400" caption="Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - San Francisco"][/caption] SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 17, 2012 – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing a case this morning on the issue of whether the Sacramento Unified School District is violating constitutional principles of separation of church and state in awarding Waldorf-method charter public schools tax-based funding. In the case brought by People for Legal and Nonsectarian Schools (PLANS), PLANS argues that Waldorf-method schools should not publicly funded because they are rooted in a spiritual philosophy called...
  • Burden of Proof: Why Most American Evangelicals Reject Long-Earth Evolution

    05/11/2012 10:56:54 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 277 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 05/11/2012 | Michael D. Peabody
    [dc]O[/dc]n May 14, noted philanthropist and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is scheduled to give the commencement address at Emory University and receive an honorary degree. But there is a problem. In recent weeks Emory faculty and students have asked the University to disinvite Dr. Carson because he is a critic of evolutionary theory and advocate of creationism. Faculty and staff have written that Dr. Carson’s “great achievements in medicine allow him to be viewed as someone who ‘understands science’” poses a direct threat to science that “rests squarely on the shoulders of evolution.” The anti-Carson letter describes how there is...
  • A Scary Thought: Gingrich and Obama Agree on the Supreme Court

    04/10/2012 8:26:39 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 15 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 4/10/12 | Michael Peabody
    Last week, after three days of tough argument before the Supreme Court, the President created a stir when he said that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to overturn his national healthcare plan. Obama further questioned the legitimacy of “unelected” and “activist” judges. Conservatives went crazy! How could the President criticize the authority of the Supreme Court? On December 18, 2011, Republican candidate Newt Gingrich lost significant momentum when he told the nation on Face the Nation that judges, at least in some circumstances, should be called to account for their decisions that ignore the public will,...
  • Five Lessons on Loving Your Enemies

    04/01/2012 5:32:42 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 7 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 04/01/2012 | Jason Hines
    By Jason Hines Because of situations in my own life I have been repeatedly returning to the concept of loving your enemies. I have wrestled with this issue publicly (I have preached a sermon on this subject twice) and at times in this space, but I have yet to share here my spiritual thoughts on the issue. The best place to begin is with the words of Christ. In Matthew 5:43-48 (NASB) Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray...
  • Is Santorum Right? How to Revive American Protestantism (and Why It is So Important)

    03/14/2012 5:43:21 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 59 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 03/12/2012 | Michael Peabody
    Protestantism has indeed fallen on hard times as many American churchgoers have grown tired of theology and moral standards that are as wishy-washy as pop culture and look for churches that emphasize a clear moral standard and upright living. And it is true that no church has produced as monolithic a structure along these lines as the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic leaders long ago learned that the best way to address moral issues is to state a moral standard and stick with it regardless of whether people agree with it or live by it. Protestants continue to swim around in...
  • Film Review: The Harm of "The Help"

    02/22/2012 9:11:39 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 16 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | February 22, 2012 | Jason Hines
    EXCERPT: The movie explicitly establishes Skeeter as the protagonist, the person who we are supposed to be rooting for. However, she does things that I find to be unconscionable. First she gets a maid (Abilene) to write her column for her. First, she just asks for assistance, but we see later in the film that while Skeeter is working on the book, Abilene is writing her column. Am I supposed to be ok with that? Secondly, Skeeter is the only person who gets anything good out of her relationship with these maids. Skeeter gets what she wanted at the beginning...
  • What are some of the characteristics of a Christian nation?

    01/30/2012 10:10:56 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 16 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 01/30/2012 | Michael Peabody
    Hello, Right now there is a huge debate about whether the United States is or is not a Christian nation. But what makes a nation a Christian nation? I'm working on a presentation and was looking for some ideas of what would characterize a truly genuine Christian nation and the society it created? What would the domestic and foreign policy be like? What would the people be like? How would they think? I look forward to any ideas you might have. Michael Peabody, Editor ReligiousLiberty.TV