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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 »

Complicity in the Holocaust: Churches and Universities in Nazi Germany

On Monday, the Northwest Religious Liberty Association cosponsored with Walla Walla Adventist Forum, Walla Walla University, and the University Church, an evening lecture by Dr. Robert P. Ericksen on how an advanced, highly-educated, Christian nation grew to enthusiastically accept and support Nazi ideology. Robert P. Ericksen is Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies and Professor of History at Pacific Lutheran ... Read More »

Senator Grant Ipsen Memorialized by NRLA

MEMORIAL FOR SENATOR GRANT IPSEN — IDAHO SENATE — Letter from Greg Hamilton President’s Day, February 20, 2017, Letter from Greg Hamilton, President of the NRLA, entered into the Senate record: Used with permission: “The Honorable Senator Grant Ipsen left the great state of Idaho a rich and profound religious freedom legacy – one in which its citizens will be ... 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 »

Federal bill introduced to prohibit religion-based denial of immigration

On May 12, Rep. Donald Beyer (D-Va) and 103 co-sponsors introduced legislation that would prohibit immigration authorities from refusing to admit aliens based on religion or lack of religion. The “Freedom of Religion Act of 2016” (H.R. 5207) was introduced in response to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign proposal in December 2015 calling for “a total and complete shutdown ... Read More »

Bill Would Limit Scope of Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced a bill on May 18, 2016, that would make it harder for people use religious freedom as an excuse to circumvent Federal laws. HR 5272 would limit the scope of the Religious Freedom Act (RFRA) of 1993. Specifically, the bill would limit the ability to use free exercise claims to ... Read More »

Retro Essay: Declaring the United States a “Christian Nation” does not make it one

In January 1886, the Seventh-day Adventist Church published the first edition  of The American Sentinel with the motto, “Corrupted freemen are the worst of slaves.” Edited by Alonzo Trevier Jones, the issue focused on the subject of whether the United States could be made a truly “Christian nation” through an amendment to the U.S.Constitution that had been proposed by the ... 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 »

State Department Issues Annual Religious Freedom Report

Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department issued its annual report on international religious freedom… This report paints a very dire picture of worldwide religious freedom. Read More »