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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 »

Romanian Conscience & Liberty Association Partners With City Hall

onscience and Liberty Association, Romania in partnership with Lugoj City Hall, organized Monday, March 11, 2013 a symposium entitled Religious Liberty or Religious Tolerance. The round table was attended by representatives from churches and government from Lugoj, and took place in the city hall council’s chambers, and featured Gregory Hamilton, President of the NW Religious Liberty Association from the USA. ... Read More »

The Anti-Slavery Origins of the Fourteenth Amendment

Introduction he written words of our Constitution, and their meaning, are what makes America’s freedoms genuine. How the Constitution is interpreted impacts the manner in which our freedoms are defined and implemented from time-to-time. These changes are perhaps more crucial than the outcomes of wars (i.e., our own Civil War), and constitutional change is made possible through the amendment process. ... Read More »

Canadian Foreign Minister Promotes International Religious Freedom

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs was the keynote speaker May 24 at the 10th annual Religious Liberty Dinner, which brought together leaders and officials from Washington D.C’s diplomatic community, government agencies, faith groups, and advocacy organizations to affirm religious freedom as a “bedrock” human right. In a wide-ranging, often moving speech, Minister John Baird touched on Canada’s commitment to promoting ... Read More »

Obama’s Olive Branch Doctrine ( PART II )

Religion & the Path of Democratic Reform in the Arab-Muslim World resident Obama’s middle-ground approach to the credible and well-established “Clash of Civilizations” theme – when formulating international religious freedom policy – is best understood when placed on a scale between tolerance and international consensus (an interfaith, “soft-power” approach), and America’s constitutional ideal of religious freedom and human rights (an ... Read More »

The Truth About Israel & Sabbath/Sunday Legislation

Dear Friends, I have received some emails from some of you about a supposed change of legislation in Israel concerning the Sabbath, the last one was from Jacques Doukhan asking me if this news is true. It is important to diffuse this email among our people who take their fantasy for a reality and think that the Jewish people will ... Read More »

Original Intent: The Meaning of the Religion Clauses

n spite of its merits, the separation of church and state is a controversial subject in America today. The controversy begins with the religion clauses of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. . . .” The two clauses—the Establishment Clause and the ... Read More »

Obama’s Olive Branch Doctrine ( PART I )

Religion & the Path of Democratic Reform in the Arab-Muslim World resident Barack Obama came to Cairo in 2009 with the purpose of announcing to the Arab-Muslim world that he was not following his predecessor’s “Democracy Project” as a matter of U.S. Middle East policy. One could call this Obama’s “Olive Branch Doctrine”: the message that interfaith tolerance & unity, ... Read More »

Ellen G. White & National Moral Reform

Discernibly Proactive Balancing National Temperance Reform with Opposition to Sunday Law Legislation he Seventh-day Adventist Church was born in the era of reform in the relatively new republic of the United States of America. Between 1815 and 1860 a myriad of reform movements flourished. Among these reforms were education, women’s rights, abolition of slavery, health, and even communal groups that ... Read More »

Charlemagne and the Vision of a Christian Empire

Unifying Western Europe Through Imperial Conquest and Christian Reform Happy are Emperors “if they make their power the handmaid of His majesty by using it for the greatest possible extension of His worship . . . . Wherefore if the true God is worshiped it is advantageous that good men should long reign both far and wide. Their piety and ... Read More »