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America’s Quest for Religious Freedom & the Political Scientist Who Made the Dream Come True

In the sweltering summer of 1789, James Madison penned sixteen words in spare prose that became the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Herein the founding fathers of a young government pledged separation of church and state, thus guaranteeing religious freedom for its citizens and establishing a free marketplace for religion in the United States. Utterly unprecedented in Western ... Read More »

Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty’s Blog at the Capitol

I’m not naive enough to think that pundits won’t explore the political ramifications of everything they can think of. And since I learned today that a whopping 81% of campaign coverage in 2008 has been about process and politics, rather than substantive policy… Read More »

Idaho Pastor Wins Bid for Senate Chaplain

n a clear answer to prayer, on Sunday evening, October 21, the Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA), and its candidate, won its yearlong bid to have a Seventh-day Adventist pastor serve in the honorable role of Senate Chaplain for the State of Idaho. This will be for a one-year term during Idaho’s 2013 Legislative Session, which begins in January. Jim ... Read More »

Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act Passes

BY VOTE OF 38-21 OREGON’S WORKPLACE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT PASSES IN OREGON’S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES! ark it down on your calendar, because this bill effort was a “historic,” if not a heroic, testament of God’s divine providence and power working through human instruments! May 29, 2009 will long live in the memory of the leadership and support team of the ... Read More »

If You Think Christians Here Are Persecuted, Grow Up

Christians in Britain and the U.S. may fairly complain about being ridiculed… Read More »

In Pakistan, Adventist Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Alleged Blasphemy

A court in Pakistan this month sentenced a Seventh-day Adventist man to life in prison for allegedly defaming the Prophet Muhammad in a case that… Read More »

Rand Paul: Churches Should ‘Challenge’ IRS, Tax-Exempt Status With Bold Political Speech

Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants churches to challenge the IRS, he said, urging religious leaders to put their tax-exempt statuses on the line with bold political speech from the pulpit…. Read More »

Catholic Health Association Says It Can Live With HHS Mandate

The Catholic Health Association (CHA) on Tuesday issued a memorandum for its members regarding the final rule on the controversial contraception mandate ordered by the Department of Health and… Read More »

Religious Freedom in U.S. Nears Extreme Challenge

A record jumble of religious groups and nonbelievers is giving the fundamental American principle its biggest hurdle yet… Read More »

America Faces Challenges to Religious Pluralism

Americans face many challenges that threaten to undermine their obligation to protect religious pluralism and the rights of fellow citizens… Read More »