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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. Damhoudčre'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
  • The U.S. Supreme Court made the Right Decision When It Upheld the Ministerial Exception

    01/29/2012 10:11:16 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 01/29/2012 | Michael Peabody
    Since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its unanimous decision in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC on January 11, 2012, there has been a lot of discussion regarding whether the court did the right thing when it upheld the ministerial exception and denied jurisdiction in a case involving the termination of a ministerial employee. For reasons outlined below, I believe the Court made the right, albeit difficult, decision. This was the case of the parochial school teacher who in addition to teaching on secular subjects also performed religious functions, Chery Perich, who was fired for threatening to file a lawsuit under the Americans...
  • Campaigning for Candidates from the Pulpit is a Bad Idea

    01/27/2012 9:03:29 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 17 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | January 27, 2012 | Michael Peabody
    If 501(c)(3) organizations were suddenly able to engage in partisan politicking, and donors were able to give on a tax-deductible basis, donors could ostensibly deduct currently non-deductible political donations simply by funneling these monies through churches. Churches would not only pass the collection plate for their religious mission, but churches would also be able to use these tax-deductible donations on behalf of particular candidates. Large churches could bankroll entire political campaigns and receive favorable treatment from those who support them. Politicians could visit with church pastors and lobby them for their campaign support. The lines of mutual respect between church...
  • Bishops Claim Religious Liberty Under Assault

    11/20/2011 4:11:25 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 11/18/2011 | Michael Peabody
    The conference has formed a new “religious liberty” committee, the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and is hiring another attorney and lobbyist to address “religious liberty and marriage issues” on Capitol Hill. The Committee is also planning to lobby against a Congressional repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the military’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Sadly, as part of this change in focus, the term “religious liberty” is being redefined away from protecting the rights to speak, believe, and practice religion. Instead, “religious liberty” is apparently the right to receive government money without restrictions. And we...
  • Paradoxical Christian? A Christian Who Passionately Supports Church State Separation

    09/26/2011 6:38:28 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 19 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 09/26/2011 | Steve Allred
    I have some friends who tell me that I don’t make sense when it comes to my position on separation of church and state. You see, some would call me a “fundamentalist” Christian. For example, I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and try to live my life by its teachings. I believe that God created the world in seven, literal, twenty-four hour days and rested on the seventh day. I believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and that He is the divine Son of God. I also believe that marriage between a man...
  • Church, State, and the Postal Service: The Contentious History of Sunday Mail Delivery

    05/13/2011 7:35:28 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 5 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 5/12/2011 | Michael Peabody
    The delivery of mail on Sundays in the United States has a fascinating history, and most people do not know that until 1912, the Postal Service routinely delivered mail on Sundays. It was only under pressure from religious and labor organizations that the USPS gradually transitioned to the now-familiar Monday through Saturday schedule. ... Between its inception in 1775 and 1912, postal employees delivered mail seven (7) days a week. In the early 1800s, religious leaders became concerned that employees were forced to work on the “Christian Sabbath,” or Sunday, and began to petition Congress to use its Article I...
  • Secrecy v. Transparency – Wikileaks and the Gospel

    12/11/2010 2:15:21 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 12/11/10 | Michael D. Peabody
    The keywords for today are “Secrecy” and “Transparency.” There are good secrets and bad secrets. Things to be concealed and things to be revealed. Some people want to know, others want to hide. Secrecy is an valuable commodity. From universities that want to protect professors’ academic freedom by keeping their controversial viewpoints from public criticism to the Central Intelligence Agency’s protection of international sources, secrecy and confidentiality allows organizations and governments to effectively achieve their goals with a degree of freedom and flexibility. On the other hand, transparency is also valuable. For instance, without whistle blowers, the American people would...
  • Why Using “Landmark Status” to Block the NY Mosque is a Bad Idea

    07/22/2010 8:03:03 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 7 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 07-22-2010 | Michael Peabody
    Last week I received a message from Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) calling on Christians to protest plans to build a mosque in Manhattan near Ground Zero. (http://www.aclj.org/TrialNotebook/Read.aspx?ID=973 ) Although the ACLJ, not to be confused with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), does not try to hide the fact that anti-Muslim sentiment is a predominant reason behind their opposition to the mosque, the ACLJ is instead trying to use a calling on the city to declare the proposed site a “historic landmark” because the landing gear from one of the jets that crashed...
  • Podcast: Growing Up in Hitler's Germany

    06/17/2010 12:38:03 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 3 replies · 340+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 6-14-2010 | Michael Peabody
    Eric Kreye, whose story is told in the book "Under the Blood Banner: The Story of a Hitler Youth" talks with Michael Peabody about growing up in Hitler’s Germany. Eric describes how he was beaten by his teacher when he could not recite Hitler’s life story, how his father helped him avoid many of the Hitler Youth activities, how his family hid a Jewish woman and her daughter from the Gestapo, what it was like when the American military moved into Germany, and how he and his brother came to America after the war.
  • Students Respond - “How Would You Feel If Your Religious Freedom Was Taken Away?”

    05/17/2010 10:11:45 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 8 replies · 498+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 05/16/10 | Martin Surridge
    EXCERPT: As their final assignment for the play, I had students respond to the question, “How would you feel if your religious freedom was taken away?” The responses varied, in both length and reaction. Nearly all of the teenagers in the class are self-described Christians, but their approach toward religion varies from conservative evangelical to tolerant progressives to near-agnostic. Their reactions to a potential scenario in which they were not allowed to practice religion freely ranged from the pragmatic to conformist to vigilant resistance. ******** “I can’t even imagine what it would be like to lose my freedom of religion,...
  • Washington State House Facilitates Union Take-Over of Private Preschools

    03/01/2010 12:35:27 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 11 replies · 534+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | February 24, 2010 | Michael Peabody
    So what’s the biggest threat to religious liberty? According to J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, the answer is found in the strings attached to government funding of religious activity. Earlier this month, during a speech for the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, Walker said, “What the government funds, it always regulates. Government-sponsored religion is always bad for religion. How can we raise a prophetic fist with one hand and take government money with the other?” The truth of Walker’s statement was underscored just last week when the Washington State House of Representatives passed HB...
  • Pat Robertson, the Earthquake in Haiti, and the Righteousness of God

    01/16/2010 3:19:24 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 18 replies · 1,013+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 01/15/2010 | Michael Peabody
    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...
  • The Manhattan Declaration: Approach with Caution

    12/10/2009 8:12:17 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 5 replies · 561+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 12/07/2009 | Michael Peabody
    In America we are quickly reaching the critical point where expansion of freedom is viewed by some as a threat to religious liberty. Advocates for religious freedom who once took an almost permissive approach so long as the rights and safety of innocent third parties were protected are now actively calling for those types of freedoms to be curtailed. It is a delicate balancing act, and churches do well to protect their integrity. But if they are also using the power of this unity to “reform laws” and “rebuild the culture” then we are witnessing the emergence of a new...
  • HISTORY: Sousa’s Band Under Ban of Sunday Blue Law

    11/01/2009 8:07:01 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 247+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 11/01/2009 | Michael Peabody
    THE following interesting bit of news is taken from the Washington Star of Nov. 13, 1922, under the caption, “Blue Law Arrest Follows Sunday Concert by Sousa”. “Binghamton, N. Y., November 13.—Harold F. Albert, recreational director of the Endicott Johnson Corporation, was arrested yesterday afternoon on complaint of the Binghamton Ministerial Association for staging a concert by John Philip Sousa’s Band at which an admission was charged. “It was alleged the concert violated ordinances governing the observance of Sunday.George F. Johnson, president of the Endicott-Johnson Corporation, announced that he is prepared to fight the Sunday blue laws to a finish...
  • What's Wrong with Conspiracy Theories?

    10/21/2009 1:59:04 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 31 replies · 1,304+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 10/21/09 | Michael Peabody
    By Michael Peabody The other day someone sent me a link to an “Antichrist Decoder” that has been posted online by an otherwise reputable Christian ministry. You can type in anybody’s name and the program will calculate the value of the name in Roman numerals. After checking my name to make sure that I was not the Antichrist I looked at the other names that people had plugged into the decoder and learned that Barack Obama is not the antichrist, neither is Barack Hussein Obama. Ronald Wilson Reagan’s name doesn’t add up to 666 even if you type in two...
  • Faith in Context: President Obama & Faith-based Initiatives

    09/24/2009 10:26:52 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 4 replies · 334+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 09/12/09 | Monte Sahlin
    As he said he would during the campaign last year, President Obama has retained the “faith-based initiatives” emphasis at the White House, but restructured the organization that he inherited from President Bush. The new unit consists of two parts, where Bush’s White House had only one: An Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and a President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The council is make its final recommendations in February next year (2010), so it appears that further changes may yet surface. At the same time it is clear that Obama is committed to some kind of working...
  • Why America should not be declared a "Christian Nation"

    09/24/2009 10:22:58 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 36 replies · 837+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 09/24/09 | Michael Peabody
    What would it mean if the United States were officially declared a “Christian Nation”? How would it affect you in your everyday life? Would you have increased opportunity to practice your faith more freely? Would the government use its power to make moral laws that line up with your Christian beliefs or would it favor the ‘Christian beliefs’ of your neighbors? Our best example might come from a time when much of Europe was a “Christian Continent.” The Holy Roman Empire lasted from Emperor Otto’s coronation in 962 to 1806 when it was dissolved during the Napoleonic wars. For all...
  • Governor Quietly Signs Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act

    07/21/2009 7:58:34 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 16 replies · 1,371+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 7/21/09 | Greg Hamilton
    On a sweltering Friday summer evening, and just two minutes prior to going on stage before approximately 1,500 Seventh-day Adventist Christians at the Gladstone, Oregon Campmeeting, the Honorable Representative Dave Hunt (D), Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Oregon Legislature, informed the president and staff of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association that Governor Ted Kulongoski had quietly signed Senate Bill 786, the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act, the day before, on Thursday, July 16, 2009.This was like music to our ears, as naysayers who did not fully understand the nature of the bill had been publicly urging the...
  • Preliminary Legal Analysis: Congress Passes Hate Crimes Act

    05/01/2009 9:09:45 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 5 replies · 649+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | http://www.religiousliberty.tv/preliminary-analysis-congress-passes-hate-crime-legislation.html
    With the news this week that the United States House of Representatives has passed, H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, there is some concern about what this will mean for individuals or churches that express their religious beliefs regarding sexual orientation. . . . An accurate reading of the Kennedy-Smith Act, however, would demonstrate that religious speech itself will not be censored or criminalized. The bill also promises that evidence of expression or association of the defendant may not be introduced as substantive evidence at trial unless it specifically relates to the particular offense....
  • ANALYSIS: European Sunday Weekly Rest Day Legislation Remains Unlawful

    04/29/2009 3:55:32 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies · 935+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 4/29/09 | Brighton Kavaloh
    Whilst it is wholly appreciated to provide legal protection to ensure that every individual has the right to observe any day of their choice for worship it is entirely inappropriate to force a doctrinal position on all Union Citizens. This matter deserves a full debate engaging all the parties concerned and in particular the minority groups so that the legal position is made clear and that the possible future religious ramifications of this proposed Legislation are considered in light of the aims and objectives of the European Union.
  • Interview: Scott Ritsema talks about his new book “The Way, the Truth and the Sword”

    04/24/2009 11:14:37 AM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 7 replies · 473+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 4/24/09 | Michael Peabody
    Scott Ritsema tackles the current controversy surrounding issues of faith and political power in his new book, The Way, the Truth and the Sword: A New Christian Civics in an Age of Coercive Power. I recently caught up with him to discuss the book, which is available online at http://www.lulu.com/content/3160866 RLTV: Your book has a fascinating take on current events. Can you give us a hint on what The Way, the Truth, and the Sword about? SR: The Way, the Truth and the Sword is about the church’s unholy alliance with state power. It is about Satan’s tempting offer for...
  • Raw Majority Power: Why Checks and Balances Matter

    03/18/2009 10:18:48 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 4 replies · 391+ views
    Spectrum Magazine ^ | 3/16/09 | Michael D. Peabody
    An epic battle played out on two levels at the California Supreme Court on March 5. On a surface level, attorneys fought over a technical issue of whether the Proposition 8 prohibition on gay marriage represented a revision or an amendment. On the deeper level, the question asked was whether there are any limits on the majority to impact the rights of the minority. It was a powerful argument - that the people of the State of California have the “raw power” to change the state constitution in any way that they please. Ken Starr, an esteemed advocate, may have...
  • Reflection: The Trouble with the Future

    02/22/2009 11:57:27 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies · 266+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 2/22/09 | Jonathan Gallagher
    –Is that you can’t see it for the present. In the context of the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, one journalist took the time to look back and see what the pundits said would happen next. No one, but no one, got it right. No one foresaw the rapid collapse of European communism and the demise of the Soviet Union. By 1991 The U.S.S.R. was no more, and no one saw this future with any degree of precision. Instead they got it wrong. The end of communism will be a long time...
  • European Churches call on EU Parliament to adopt ‘work-free Sunday’ declaration

    02/17/2009 1:20:12 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 14 replies · 1,337+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 2-17-09 | Michael Peabody
    The Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), COMECE (the Bishops Conference of the European Community), and the Church of England are calling upon the European Union Parliament to approve a Written Declaration on “on the protection of a work-free Sunday as an essential pillar of the European Social Model and as part of the European cultural heritage.” In a press release issued February 11, COMECE provided the following rationale for the Declaration. “The economic and financial crises have made us more aware of the fact that not all aspects of life can be subject to market forces. Unrestrained consumption is neither...
  • Analysis: President Obama Creates New Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

    02/06/2009 11:35:11 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 20 replies · 931+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 2/6/09 | Derek Davis
    By Derek H. Davis, J.D., Ph.D. Director, UMHB Center for Religious Liberty University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Belton, Texas WASHINGTON, DC - President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Thursday, February 5, to create the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The office replaces the controversial Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives that George W. Bush created to provide government grants to churches and other faith-based organizations to administer welfare programs. ”The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another–or even religious groups over secular groups,” Obama stated when announcing the new...
  • Embracing Exclusivity: How civic religion at inauguration abridges religious freedom

    02/05/2009 7:39:27 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies · 220+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 2/04/09 | Michael Newdow
    In 1892, the 1/8th black Homer Plessy was convicted of violating Louisiana law by sitting in a “Whites only” railroad car. He took his case all the way to the Supreme Court, where his conviction was upheld by an 8-1 margin. “A statute which implies merely a legal distinction between the white and colored races,” wrote the Court, “ … has no tendency to destroy the legal equality of the two races.” The lone dissenter in that case was Justice John Marshall Harlan, who refused to buy into the majority’s logic. Although it was true that whites and blacks were...
  • The Apocalyptic struggle between Jefferson’s Wall and the Church

    01/29/2009 10:40:17 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 8 replies · 633+ views
    On November 13, 2008, Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, head of the Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary, gave a speech at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in which he discussed the role of religion in public life. It was an important speech, and critical for understanding contemporary Catholic teachings on religious liberty and the relation of church and state. . . . Jefferson’s ideas, far from being the cause of infringement on conscience, are the remedy. Rather than rejecting them as evil, Stafford should embrace them as the proper response. This is our American heritage; it protects...
  • On Cardinal Stafford’s Speech: Are the Church and the State on an Unavoidable Collision Course?

    01/26/2009 9:30:34 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 27 replies · 660+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 1/26/09 | Robert Moon
    “ . . .if Obama, Biden and the new Congress are determined to implement the anti-life agenda which they spelled out before the election, I foresee the next several years as being among the most divisive in our nation’s history.” Cardinal Stafford “Widespread religious skepticism was the outcome. Nothing is recognized as definitive and “meaning itself is forever postponed.”[26] A movement toward “a dictatorship of relativism” is the diagnosis which Pope Benedict XVI has given to this phenomenon. Is the current struggle between Catholic Moral Theology and Social policy, and Secular society political policy on an unavoidable collision course? The...
  • Illinois law requiring moment of silence in public schools ruled unconstitutional

    01/21/2009 10:57:50 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 56 replies · 1,769+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 1-21-09 | Michael Peabody
    CHICAGO - Today, Judge Robert W. Gettleman of the federal U.S. District Court in Chicago ruled that a state law mandating a moment of silence in Illinois public schools is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. He had previously put the Illinois Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act on hold while he considered the case filed by an atheist parent on behalf of his daughter. The Illinois General Assembly had passed the law to allow students the choice to simply reflect on the day’s activities or pray, and proponents argued that this did not compel religious practice. However, the court found...
  • Tracking Pat Robertson’s Shift to the Left

    01/10/2009 4:23:37 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 41 replies · 1,245+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 01/10/2009 | Scott Ritsema
    OPINION - Pat Robertson, one of those Christian spokesmen that makes Christians cringe every time he opens his mouth, has struck again. At least he’s not calling for violence…this time. Strangely, though, this time around he is endorsing Obama and Obama’s coming socialist policies. Kurt Nimmo at Infowars reports: On December 23, the “conservative” preacher Pat Robertson told CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux that he was pleased as punch with the election of Barack Obama. “I am remarkably pleased with Obama. I had grave misgivings about him. But so help me, he’s come in forcefully, intelligently. He’s picked a middle of the...
  • The Top 10 Religious Liberty Articles of 2008

    01/10/2009 4:23:17 PM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 172+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 01/10/2009 | Michael Peabody
    On January 8, 2009, Richard John Neuhaus, 72, the intellectual force behind an influential coalition between Catholics and Protestants passed away after a long battle with cancer. A Lutheran pastor who converted to Catholicism in 1990 a priest in 1991, Neuhaus served as the president of The Institute on Religion and Public Life, the conservative think tank that publishes First Things magazine. Neuhaus was active in liberal politics until Roe v. Wade was handed down. His view on the importance of upholding religious orthodoxy is sumarized by “Neuhaus’s Law”, which states that “Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or...