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America’s Christian Nation Debate and the Holocaust

It was perhaps the most unique seminar ever conducted in the Mt. Hood Meeting Room of the Northwest Headquarters of the Seventh-Adventist Church in Ridgefield, Washington. 62 attendees packed the room on October 1-2, with one quarter of them made up of interested professionals having no affiliation with the church, including the two keynote speakers from Baylor and Pacific Lutheran ... Read More »

2018 Seminar on Church and State

This year’s Seminar on Church and State, October 1–2 (Mon.-Tue.), will be focused on perhaps the most controversial notion of our times: America’s Christian Nation Debate. Did our nation’s constitutional founders intend to establish a Christian nation mandated by law? The answer to that important question matters to our church’s prophetic mission in the United States of America and around the ... Read More »

Repealing the Johnson Amendment Would Harm Religious Freedom

ast week at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, the newly inaugurated President of the United States repeated his campaign vow to repeal the Johnson Amendment, the 1954 provision in the U.S. tax code that prohibits all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from endorsing political candidates. What is the Johnson Amendment? The Johnson Amendment was an IRS tax reform bill that was successfully passed ... Read More »

The 25-Year Legacy of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association

Public Advocacy Because of their prophetic beliefs, Seventh-day Adventists have imagined a world without religious freedom perhaps more than most people of faith. Curiously this proclivity has at times led some Adventists to minimize the importance of religious freedom as a “public ministry.” Any group must reject tendencies toward public isolation and parochialism. In the 1880s Adventists and other alert ... Read More »

America’s “War on Christians”?

any of my Christian friends are concerned with what they perceive to be the increasing secularization of popular culture in the United States today. Like many other sincere Christians, they express concern that Christianity will one day become a hated and persecuted sect in America and that this will be the result of our government coming under the control of ... Read More »

Hobby Lobby Case: How Will the Court Decide?

On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores (transcript and audio). According to a number of pundits, the Court is expected to split with four justices on each side and the deciding vote is predicted to fall to Anthony Kennedy. Perfectly projecting the Court’s decision is not much easier than predicting a ... Read More »

Separation of Church & State Has Always Been There

An earlier column on our blessing of the First Amendment of the Constitution including the separation of church and state Read More »

Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion

A rising tide of restrictions on religion spread across the world between mid-2009 and mid-2010, according to a new study… Read More »

Church-State Evaluation

of Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor based on her written opinions… Read More »

Politics & Religion: Should the United States Be Governed by Religious or Secular Principles?

Do Christians have a role in politics? Cindy Chamberlain, managing editor, Gleaner magazine, interviews Greg Hamilton Download PDF of full article Read More »