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The BreakPoint Podcast
When Worldviews Collide: Ideas, Consequences, and Christians

The BreakPoint Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2023 5:34


Recently, three families—one Muslim, one Roman Catholic, and one Ukrainian Orthodox—filed a lawsuit against the Montgomery, Maryland, school district. Back in March, the district had shifted its policy, announcing that parents would no longer be notified of LGBT content and parents could not opt-out their students.   This is just one example of how deeply worldviews can collide, in just one of many cultural arenas. Who is fundamentally responsible for cultivating the health, well-being, and beliefs of children? Parents or the state? What is acceptable behavior when it comes to sex, and at what ages should we expect them to think about such matters? Are we fundamentally defined by sexual urges and inner feelings, or by something (or Someone) else? Here, three couples who diverge wildly on religious matters agree that certain cultural narratives are undermining their ability to raise their children and imposing a secular worldview on them instead.   It is because of this very real collision of worldviews, and the consequences of them, that the Colson Center seeks to equip Christians to understand the public implications of Christian truth, including how to live out that truth in this difficult cultural moment. There are plenty of wonderful resources to learn and study the Bible and Christian theology, and there are different organizations dedicated to discussing and analyzing cultural issues. Seeing the challenges of our cultural moment through the light of Scriptural truth is, however, something else, as is seeing our presence in this cultural moment as a calling of God. Our daily Breakpoint commentaries and What Would You Say? videos are timely, but not merely reactive, offering a grounded way of thinking about tough issues and hard questions through the lens of Christian truth.   The Upstream and Strong Women podcasts engage a variety of thoughtful Christian voices who are pointing us both upstream and downstream, how to think and how to live. The Colson Fellows program trains and equips leaders in every sphere of culture and every walk of life, to live redemptively where God has placed them. The Colson Educators Collective equips teachers to teach from a Christian worldview, and the Colson Center National Conference is an annual time of learning and formation, not to mention quite a “family reunion” for us.   Breakpoint listener Lexi, who just graduated high school, wrote to tell us how the Colson Center has helped her live out her faith:  "My junior and senior years of high school I began to discover a love for worldview study that I had not known. ... I discovered Breakpoint, then read more Nancy Pearcey, C.S. Lewis, Schaeffer, watched Dobbs unfold, and realized there were more Colson Center podcasts and started listening to Upstream and Strong Women too.   The Colson Center and the concepts you discuss have played such a huge part in this watershed. It has shaped my understanding of the world I live in, and consequently who I've become, where I am going to college, my desire both primarily to be a mother and secondarily to pursue law. In short, the Colson Center has been very instrumental in my life."  Another Breakpoint listener, a mother, shared how God used Colson Center resources to bolster her faith and love her family through the upheaval of the last few years:  "Both of my kids graduated in 2020; one from high school and the other from college. Navigating these major life transitions during a pandemic was very challenging for them, to say the least. With COVID also brought confusing messages from our families, Christian friends, health and political "authorities," and even our beloved church. ... George Floyd ... and a course in "Ethnic Studies" had our daughter buying into Critical Race Theory and deconstructing her faith.   Enter the Colson Center. I had somehow gotten on your email list and subsequently subscribed to your Breakpoint podcast. Then came along your online conferences and short courses, the Strong Women podcast and Upstream with Shane [Morris]. Your articles and programs grabbed a hold of me and helped me—a Christian of over 30 years—keep my eyes on Jesus during a very confusing time. They helped me speak truth in love to my kids, friends, family, and church."  The Colson Center equips Christians to live out their faith with clarity, confidence, and courage in this cultural moment. If Colson Center products and programs have helped you as a parent, grandparent, youth, student, citizen, employee, leader, or neighbor, would you prayerfully consider partnering with us through a fiscal-year-end gift? Any gift given by Friday, June 30, will help us continue equipping Christians to live as agents of restoration in this time and place.   To give, please go to colsoncenter.org/fye23.   This Breakpoint was co-authored by Michaela Estruth. For more resources to live like a Christian in this cultural moment, go to breakpoint.org.  

Coast to Coast PM
Ep. 55 | Waco, Apocalyptic Christianity, and Government Overreach: A Conversation with Dr. James Tabor

Coast to Coast PM

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2023 98:21


The boys sit down to interview Dr. James Tabor, an expert on the Waco Tragedy, early Apocalyptic Christianity, and ancient texts. Dr. Tabor was involved in the Waco siege and communicated with the Branch Davidians and their leader, David Koresh, via tapes brought in by Koresh's lawyer during the 51 day standoff. Dr. Tabor discusses the prejudicial nature of the term "cult", breaks down the Branch Davidians apocalyptic belief structure in context of both wider Christianity and 7th Day Adventism, and discusses how different tactics by the FBI could have helped avoid such an immense tragedy. That and much more on this episode of Coast to Coast PM.    Where to find Dr. Tabor:   Website: jamestabor.com  Book: Why Waco? Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America  Youtube: @JamesTaborVideos   Support:  C2CPM's Patreon Twitter: https://twitter.com/c2cpmpod  Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/coasttocoastpm/  Contact: c2cpmpod@gmail.com    Intro Shout-Out:  Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio

Integrity Moments
Religious Oppression is Rising

Integrity Moments

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2023 1:00


Former Senator Sam Brownback was surprised to learn that his organization's new bank account for the National Committee for Religious Freedom had been closed. JP Morgan Chase had previously opened the account without incident.  According to Fox Business, when Brownback asked why the account was closed, a Chase employee said the decision was secret. Later, ... The post Religious Oppression is Rising appeared first on Unconventional Business Network.

Integrity Moments
Religious Oppression is Rising

Integrity Moments

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2023 1:00


Former Senator Sam Brownback was surprised to learn that his organization's new bank account for the National Committee for Religious Freedom had been closed. JP Morgan Chase had previously opened the account without incident.  According to Fox Business, when Brownback asked why the account was closed, a Chase employee said the decision was secret. Later, ... The post Religious Oppression is Rising appeared first on Unconventional Business Network.

The Robert Scott Bell Show
The RSB Show 6-5-23 - Jeff Pearson, Hydrocephalus, Kevin M. Barry Esq, Religious Freedom

The Robert Scott Bell Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2023 132:40


TODAY ON THE ROBERT SCOTT BELL SHOW: Vaccine debate paradigm, Vax legislation stalled, Jeff Pearson, Hydrocephalus, Danny Bonaduce surgery, Glyphosate safe levels, ADHD medication warning, Psychotic perfect storm, Kevin M. Barry Esq, Religious freedom, Informed Choice CT, NJ healthcare worker win and MORE! http://www.robertscottbell.com/natural-remedies/vaccine-debate-paradigm-vax-legislation-stalled-jeff-pearson-hydrocephalus-glyphosate-safe-levels-adhd-medication-warning-psychotic-perfect-storm-kevin-m-barry-esq-religious-freedom-informed/

Humble Jurist
Who is my Neighbor?

Humble Jurist

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2023 45:40


The Honorable Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (retired), was presented the J. Clifford Wallace Award and delivered the keynote address "Who is my Neighbor? My Journey in the Law" on Friday, March 3, 2023 at the 2023 JRCLS Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. D. James Kennedy on SermonAudio
Freedom's Holy Light

Dr. D. James Kennedy on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2023 28:00


A new MP3 sermon from Truths That Transform is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: Freedom's Holy Light Subtitle: The War on Religious Freedom Speaker: Dr. D. James Kennedy Broadcaster: Truths That Transform Event: TV Broadcast Date: 6/1/2023 Length: 28 min.

Kurdistan in America
S4 Episode 5 - Interview with Ariel Sabar, Author of "My Father's Paradise," and his father Prof. Yona Sabar: Unveiling the Legacy

Kurdistan in America

Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2023 38:43


The Kurdistan in America podcast is proud to present an interview with two special and distinguished guests, a father and son, in the fifth episode of Season Four. We are honored to have Ariel Sabar, an acclaimed author, and Professor Yona Sabar, the central figure of Ariel's book, ‘My Father's Paradise.'In this episode, we hope to deepen our understanding of the history of the Jews in Kurdistan and explore the vibrant diversity and cultural heritage of Kurdistan, with its various ethnic and religious components.Our conversation with Ariel Sabar covers a wide range of topics, offering insights into the motivation behind writing ‘My Father's Paradise' and Ariel's personal journey that compelled him to undertake this extraordinary project.Professor Yona Sabar, Ariel's father, shares his heartfelt memories from Kurdistan and discusses his lifelong dedication to the preservation of the Aramaic language and Kurdish-Jewish heritage through his academic contributions. With over 80 scholarly articles and numerous books to his name, including ‘The Folk Literature of the Kurdistani Jews' and ‘A Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dictionary', Professor Yona Sabar's expertise hard to match.Ariel Sabar is not only an accomplished author but also an award-winning journalist. ‘My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq' was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. His latest book, ‘Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man, and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife', garnered critical acclaim as a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best True Crime Book of the year and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Book Award. Smithsonian Magazine also recognized it as one of the best books of the year.

Issues, Etc.
1454. The International Religious Freedom Report – Sam Brownback, 5/25/23

Issues, Etc.

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2023 22:54


Sam Brownback of the National Committee for Religious Freedom The National Committee for Religious Freedom

Prosperity 101 Podcast hosted by Linda J Hansen
Are You Free To Believe? – Protecting Religious Freedom – with Ambassador Sam Brownback – [Ep. 170]

Prosperity 101 Podcast hosted by Linda J Hansen

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2023 18:48


Are you free to believe – or to not believe? Are you sure? What is the most persecuted religious group in the world today? How does religious persecution affect you, your business, or your family? Linda's guest, Ambassador Sam Brownback, has worked tirelessly in defense of religious freedom around the world. He is now Chairman of the National Committee for Religious Freedom, an organization formed to proactively defend the constitutional rights of religious freedom so all Americans can peacefully and publicly exercise their religious beliefs. Our Constitution guarantees freedom, but we must defend it to keep it. Learn how to defend your rights by listening today. © Copyright 2023, Prosperity 101, LLC --------------------------------------------------------------------- For information and resources visit: https://prosperity101.com To  order a copy of Prosperity 101 – Job Security Through Business Prosperity by Linda J. Hansen click here: https://prosperity101.com/products/ If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact us at https://prosperity101.com. You can also support this podcast by engaging with our partnering organizations and using the promo codes listed below.  Visit Christian Employers Alliance at www.ChristianEmployersAlliance.org and use Promo Code P101.   To order your personalized flag from Your America Flag Store, visit www.YourAmericanFlagStore.com/p101   Switch away from companies that do not support your values and purchase from: www.switchaway.com/p101   Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by guests on this podcast do not necessarily represent those held or promoted by Linda J. Hansen or Prosperity 101, LLC.

Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson
Making Space for Faith in the Workplace

Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson

Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2023 9:08


The Religious Freedom and Business Foundation is holding its annual conference on faith in the workplace Founder and President Brian Grimm joins Inside Sources to discuss why making room for religious diversity and freedom at work is important for the success of the employees and the company as a whole. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Eric Metaxas Show
Frank Gaffney

The Eric Metaxas Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2023 45:04


Frank Gaffney comments on the Durham Report and touches on ideas from “The Indictment: Prosecuting the Chinese Communist Party & Friends for Crimes against America, China, and the World.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Brian Dainsberg Podcast
Thoughts on Politics - Part 3

The Brian Dainsberg Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2023 21:02


By the command of God, governments have a responsibility to establish a common morality, not a common religion. But how would people who don't subscribe to the Christian Scriptures, who don't follow Jesus, determine what that morality should be? And what does this mean for a Christian's involvement in its government?Resources:Liberty for All: Defending Everyone's Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Age - Andrew T. WalkerPolitics after Christendom: Political Theology in a Fractured World - David VanDrunenPolitical Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ's Rule - Jonathan Leeman

Will Wright Catholic
What is Religious Freedom Actually?

Will Wright Catholic

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2023 44:01


IntroductionIf you ask the average American on the street what religious freedom is, you will get all sorts of different ideas. Some places, you will hear: “keep your religion to yourself. Haven't you heard of the separation of Church and State?” Others might answer: “People are free to believe whatever they want. Who am I to judge if they're right or not?” Still others might claim that religious freedom means the ability to pray privately however you want.None of these are what religious freedom actually is specifically. But it should also be noted that the American constitutional notion of religious freedom is not precisely what the Catholic Church holds religious freedom to be. And, so, the object of today's exploration is to look at what religious freedom is in the United States of America. Then, more importantly, to view what religious freedom is, in principle, as defined by the Catholic Church at the Second Vatican Council. Separation of Church and StateThe First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, the first of the ten amendments which comprise the Bill of Rights, adopted on December 15, 1791, reads thusly:“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”For our purposes we will focus on the first phrase: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This is known as the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.I do not have the time or space here to provide an exhaustive account of American jurisprudence on the matter of religious liberty. But, I do want to draw out a few key moments in American History where this question came up and which will give us a clearer view of what religious freedom is.Thomas Jefferson's Danbury LetterIn a letter to the Danbury Baptists, Thomas Jefferson wrote:“GentlemenThe affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem (Danbury Letter).”He wrote this letter in response to a letter from the Danbury Baptists in order to explain his views on federalism and the meaning of the Establishment Clause. The main meaning of his “wall of separation between Church & State” is an assurance that the government would not interfere with the church of the Danbury Baptists or give special treatment to any particular religion or sect. Justice Hugo Black, an appointee of Franklin Roosevelt to the Supreme Court, would even refer later to the Danbury explanation as an “almost authoritative declaration” of the Founders' intent for the Establishment Clause (cf. Bill of Rights Institute).Two days after sending this letter, though, Jefferson attended a religious service in the House of Representatives location in the Capitol. As Daniel Roeber notes: “Jefferson and others recognized the benefits of developing a national identity that transcended interdenominational division (Roeber).” Yet, since 1795, public worship was administered at the partially completed Capitol Building each Sunday at noon (cf. ibid).Religious liberty was the motivation of the Plymouth Pilgrims and many Catholics who settled in Maryland. However, the colonial period was far from united on religious matters. Protestant sects disagreed amongst themselves. Catholics were seen as untrustworthy papists of low social stature. Jewish people were tolerated, at best. The nascent country needed an identity which transcended these divisions. The importance of developing a national identity was something that would take over a hundred years more as most identified most readily with their own state. Lemon V. Kurtzman and the Three Pronged Test (1971)Let us now skip forward quite a bit to 1971. In that year, a case was brought to the Supreme Court in which the Court considered whether a law in Pennsylvania violated the Establishment Clause. The law reimbursed religious schools with state funds for textbooks and salaries for teachers for non-public, non-secular schools. The Court responded 8-0 with a three-pronged test for determining whether a given statute is constitutional. The government may assist religion only if:* The primary purpose of the assistance is secular* The assistance must neither promote nor inhibit religion, and * There is no excessive entanglement between church and stateIn this specific case, the Pennsylvania law was struck down because of excessive entanglement between church and state. It is worth noticing here what is implicit: there is nothing wrong, in the American understanding, with some implicit entanglement between Church and State. The issue, ultimately, is when the line is crossed towards “excessive.”Marsh v. Chambers (1983)The Nebraska legislature opened each of its sessions with a publicly funded chaplain offering a prayer. The Supreme Court, in Marsh v. Chambers (1983) determined that this was NOT a violation of the Establishment Clause. Though this instance does not pass the “Lemon” three-pronged test, the Justices argued that there is a long historical custom going back to the Continental Congress and the very Congress that resulted in the Bill of Rights. In the majority opinion, Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote: “In light of the unambiguous and unbroken history of more than 200 years, there can be no doubt that the practice of opening legislative sessions with prayer has become part of the fabric of our society. To invoke Divine guidance on a public body entrusted with making the laws is not, in these circumstances, an ‘establishment' of religion or a step toward establishment; it is simply a tolerable acknowledgment of beliefs widely held among the people of this country (Citation: 463 US 783).”As we saw with the Capitol Building services, there is not a strict and non-transversable wall of separation of Church and State. Other Supreme Court CasesI now want to walk through several other Supreme Court cases that touched on religious liberty. Again, this list is not exhaustive, but it can help us round out our picture.Reynolds v. United States (1879)In 1879, in Reynolds v. United States, the Court upheld a federal law banning polygamy. They claimed that the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment forbids government from regulating belief but that government can nonetheless punish acts which it judges to be criminal, regardless of religious belief.Torcaso v. Watkins (1961)As of 1961, the State of Maryland had a requirement that a candidate for public office needed to declare that they believed in God in order to be eligible for the position. Unanimously, in Torcaso v. Watkins, the Court agreed that this gives preference to believers who were willing to publicly profess; therefore, Maryland was aiding theistic religions and beliefs overr atheistic ones.Engel v. Vitale (1962)In the 1962 case Engel v. Vitale, the Court ruled 6-1 that a New York prayer to begin the school day was unconstitutional and in violation of the Establishment Clause despite being a nondenominational prayer. Abington v. Schempp & Murray v. Curlett (1963)The following year in 1963, the Court heard the case of Abington v. Schempp and the related case of Murray v. Curlett. In both cases, public schools were involving students in daily Bible readings and in the latter case of the daily recitation of the Lord's Prayer. Both of these cases were seen as violating both the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause.Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)In 1972, Amish parents sued the State of Wisconsin for requiring that their children attend school until the age of 16. The unanimous decision held that the Amish teens were exempt from the state law of requiring 14 to 16 year olds to attend school because the Amish religion required a living apart from worldly influences. In other words, though it was in the state's interest that the children receive two years more schooling, this did not outweigh the free exercise of the religion of the Amish.McDaniel v. Paty (1978)A Tennessee law barring clergymen from serving in public office was challenged in 1978 in McDaniel v. Paty. The Court unanimously ruled that this law was a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment (as well as the Fourteenth Amendment) because it made holding public office contingent on surrendering religious beliefs. Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah (1993)In 1993, the Court heard Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah. There were ordinances passed by the city of Hialeah, Florida that banned animal sacrifice. These laws were not written in a neutral and generally applicable way. They specifically targeted Santeria, a Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba and some Catholic elements. Because animal sacrifice is an important part of Santeria, the Court ruled that the ordinances were designed as a form of religious persecution in violation of the Free Exercise Clause.  Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe (2000)The Sante Fe Independent School District of Texas in 2000 had a policy permitting student-led, student-initiated prayer at football games. In a 6-3 decision, the Court upheld an appellate court's ruling that this was a violation of the Establishment Clause. The school district tried to argue that because it was student led and initiated, it was private speech, and, thus, protected under the First Amendment. However, Justice John Paul Stevens argued that it was not private speech because it was done over the P.A. system, by a student body representative, under school faculty supervision, and under school policy. Also, it did not pass the “Lemon” test because it did not have a secular purpose and was implemented with the purpose of endorsing school prayer.Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow (2004)California's Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow in 2004 investigated the policy requiring each elementary school class to say the Pledge of Allegiance daily. Michael Newdow, a father of one of the students, challenged this because of the words therein contained of “under God.” Because Newdow did not have custody of the child, he did not have standing to bring the case to court. However, in concurring opinions, Justices William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Clarence Thomas, said that the words “under God” do NOT violate the Establishment Clause.As the Bill of Rights Institute reports:“Further, they noted, ‘the phrase ‘under God' in the Pledge seems, as a historical matter, to sum up the attitude of the Nation's leaders, and to manifest itself in many of our public observances. Examples of patriotic invocations of God and official acknowledgments of religion's role in our Nation's history abound.' They concluded that ‘the recital, in a patriotic ceremony pledging allegiance to the flag and to the Nation, of the descriptive phrase ‘under God' cannot possibly lead to the establishment of a religion, or anything like it' (Bill of Rights Institute).”Van Orden v. Perry (2005)In a similar case in Van Orden V. Perry in 2005, in a 5-4 decision, the Court determined that a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments on Texas State Capitol grounds did not violate the Establishment Clause. There were 38 other monuments on the grounds and highlighted different parts of Texan history. Justice William Rehnquist argued that the monument had a religious message, however, it was presented in a context showing that:“[a] secular moral message about proper standards of social conduct and a message about the historic relation between those standards and the law.” Therefore, the religious message is part of a broader context of cultural heritage and patrimony of the people of Texas. Teaching Evolution in SchoolsThere are two Supreme Court cases worth looking at briefly which discuss the teaching of evolution in schools. Generally, there is a perceived discrepancy of considerable magnitude between the theory of evolution and the evidence for creation from the Book of Genesis. I am not getting into that minefield right now, but these cases show how religious liberty and the government of the United States interact.Epperson v. Arkansas (1968)In Epperson v. Arkansas in 1968, Arkansas passed a law saying that public school teachers were banned from teaching evolution because it was in contradiction with the Bible account of creation.Justice Abe Fortas wrote in the majority opinion:“In the present case, there can be no doubt that Arkansas has sought to prevent its teachers from discussing the theory of evolution because it is contrary to the belief of some that the Book of Genesis must be the exclusive source of doctrine as to the origin of man. No suggestion has been made that Arkansas' law may be justified by considerations of state policy other than the religious views of some of its citizens (Epperson v. Arkansas).”He continued to argue that the law of Arkansas is clearly not a religiously neutral act. Instead it was the targeting of a particular theory on Biblical grounds, literally read. Therefore, it is a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.Edwards v. Aguillard (1987)Nineteen years later in Edwards v. Aguillard in 1987, the Court examined a Louisiana law forbidding the teaching of the theory of evolution in public schools unless it was accompanied by an equal treatment of creationism. In a 7-2 decision, the Court declared that this law violated the Establishment Clause because it failed all three parts of the “Lemon” test. It lacked secular purpose, endorsed the view that a supernatural being created mankind, and it entangled the interests of Church and State by seeking “to employ the symbolic and financial support of government to achieve a religious purpose (Citation: 482 US 578).”The American View of Religious LibertyIn sum, the evolution of religious liberty in the United States has its basis on the cultural milieu of the time. In the colonial period and in the early days of the country, there were few true atheists. Deism was exceptionally popular, but even Deists acknowledge a belief in the Creator. So, a nondenominational prayer to the Creator at the state of a session of Congress was a forgone conclusion. Since that time, the United States of America has become far more cultural, religiously, and politically diverse. As a result of this undeniable diversity, it cannot be said that the United States is currently a Judeo-Christian nation, even if the case can strongly be made that it began that way. Private speech and religious practice is unambiguously protected. However, as we have seen, the nature of the public exercise of religion is questioned when public funds are in the mix. Each of the examples mentioned above, and where problems usually arise, is in publicly-funded schools, government property or buildings, and in relation to public office. However, the Supreme Court has upheld that religious beliefs which are not criminal are protected in the public sphere. A religious person need not check their religion at the door when engaging in public matters (and how could they, really). The First Amendment of the Constitution protects all Americans against the establishment of any one religion to the competition or detriment of any others. Any law which would exclude a person from public life on the basis of religion is unconstitutional. And the free exercise of religion is safeguarded and held in a careful balance with the interests of all other religions, beliefs, and ideas. This reality is a blessing and a curse for Catholics. On the one hand, we have freedom to boldly speak the truth without fear of legal reprisal, within due limits. Yet, on the other hand, there is a bland tolerance of false religions and ideas antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church.The Church's View of Religious FreedomAll of that being said, what is the Catholic view of religious freedom? Is it precisely the American view or are there significant differences? When I speak to American Catholics about this question, there is no real sense of a firm understanding of the Church on the matter. And, frankly, when people read the official Church teaching, they do not understand the nuances offered there. I am going to do my best to help shed some light on the subject! Dignitatis HumanaeOn December 7, 1965, Pope St. Paul VI promulgated a Declaration on Religious Freedom which is one of the sixteen documents of the Second Vatican Council. Dignitatis Humanae (DH) is only fifteen paragraph sections long and is highly worth reading in its entirety. What I will offer here is a brief summary and the main conclusions. In the interest of keeping this to the point, I am going to be looking at three questions:* What is religious freedom in the eyes of the Catholic Church?* Why is religious freedom based on human dignity?* How has God revealed religious liberty?What is religious freedom in the eyes of the Catholic Church?God has made Himself known to man, shown us how we are to serve Him, and how we are saved in Christ and come to eternal blessedness. The Church unequivocally affirms in Dignitatis Humanae that:“We believe that this one true religion subsists in the Catholic and Apostolic Church, to which the Lord Jesus committed the duty of spreading it abroad among all men. Thus He spoke to the Apostles: ‘Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have enjoined upon you' (Matt. 28: 19-20) (DH, 1).”Many of those who are suspicious of the Second Vatican Council read this not as the full throated profession of Christ and His Church that it is. Instead, they read the word “subsist” in an uncharitable and ignorant way. We could say that the one true religion IS the Catholic and Apostolic Church, but subsists is actually a richer word. Subsists means to begin in a certain way and remain in that way. In other words, there is no true religion apart from the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, as our Lord began it and has constantly sustained it to this day. The Church which, of course, is His own Mystical Body.The Council Fathers continue:“On their part, all men are bound to seek the truth, especially in what concerns God and His Church, and to embrace the truth they come to know, and to hold fast to it (DH, 1).”Elsewhere in Vatican II in the documents Lumen Gentium and Ad Gentes we hear: “Whosoever, therefore, knowing that the Catholic Church was made necessary by Christ, would refuse to enter or to remain in it, could not be saved… The bonds which bind men to the Church in a visible way are profession of faith, the sacraments, and ecclesiastical government and communion. He is not saved, however, who, though part of the body of the Church, does not persevere in charity. He remains indeed in the bosom of the Church, but, as it were, only in a ‘bodily' manner and not ‘in his heart' (LG, 14).”For those who claim that Vatican II is weak on doctrine and the truth and is overly ambiguous or some other such nonsense, it is abundantly clear that they never read the documents or they have read them in an uncharitable and ignorant way.At any rate, all of this being said, what is religious freedom? The Council Fathers write:“Religious freedom, in turn, which men demand as necessary to fulfill their duty to worship God, has to do with immunity from coercion in civil society. Therefore it leaves untouched traditional Catholic doctrine on the moral duty of men and societies toward the true religion and toward the one Church of Christ (DH, 1).”So, the moral duty of man towards the Catholic Church remains untouched by religious freedom. What is vital to understand the Church's view is that phrase: “immunity from coercion in civil society.” That is the key. A more substantial definition is then given, with very official verbiage:“This Vatican Council declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits (DH, 2).”The Church has always held to this doctrine. We know, for example, that the Church has always condemned forced conversions as illegitimate and compelled baptisms as invalid. As St. John Paul II often said: the Faith is always proposed, not imposed.'Why is religious freedom based on human dignity?This right to religious freedom is rooted in human dignity. The Church even calls for this right to be enshrined in constitutional law throughout the world. Our human dignity points to the fact that God endowed man with reason and free will and therefore personal responsibility. We are impelled by human nature and bound by moral obligation to seek the truth, especially religious truth. Once we know the truth, we are bound to adhere to it and order our lives towards it. The Church declares that religious freedom is thus necessary because:“... men cannot discharge these obligations in a manner in keeping with their own nature unless they enjoy immunity from external coercion as well as psychological freedom (DH, 2).”There is no love without freedom, there is no seeking of the truth without freedom. So, religious freedom does not belong to feelings and subjective disposition. No. It belongs to the very nature of the human person. Faith comes from what is heard. And as truth is discovered, “it is by a personal assent that men are to adhere to it,” to use another phrase from Dignitatis Humanae (DH, 2). Personal though this assent is, religious freedom also extends to religious communities. They should not be hindered:“either by legal measures or by administrative action on the part of government, in the selection, training, appointment, and transferral of their own ministers, in communicating with religious authorities and communities abroad, in erecting buildings for religious purposes, and in the acquisition and use of suitable funds or properties (DH, 4).”Nor should they be hindered from public teaching and witness of faith, whether spoken or written. As the preeminent religious community, all of these freedoms belong to the family as well.How has God revealed religious liberty?In Divine Revelation, the doctrine of religious freedom finds its roots. The Council Fathers write:“Revelation does not indeed affirm in so many words the right of man to immunity from external coercion in matters religious. It does, however, disclose the dignity of the human person in its full dimensions (DH, 9).”First and foremost, man's response to God in faith must be free for it to be legitimate. No one can be forced to become Catholic. The act of faith is a free act. Forcing someone to love is not love at all. As Dignitatis Humanae states:“It is therefore completely in accord with the nature of faith that in matters religious every manner of coercion on the part of men should be excluded. In consequence, the principle of religious freedom makes no small contribution to the creation of an environment in which men can without hindrance be invited to the Christian faith, embrace it of their own free will, and profess it effectively in their whole manner of life (DH, 10).”God is very clear, however, in what He has revealed that we are to boldly proclaim the truth. Therefore, are we to be “tolerant” and “accepting” of other religions and simply have a bland indifference? Absolutely not! The Council Fathers write:“The disciple is bound by a grave obligation toward Christ, his Master, ever more fully to understand the truth received from Him, faithfully to proclaim it, and vigorously to defend it, never-be it understood-having recourse to means that are incompatible with the spirit of the Gospel. At the same time, the charity of Christ urges him to love and have prudence and patience in his dealings with those who are in error or in ignorance with regard to the faith (DH, 14).”Freedom from CoercionFreedom from coercion in religious matters is the crux of the Church's view of religious liberty. Really, it pertains directly to the establishing of an environment in which a person may freely seek and adhere to the one, true religion. Though there are elements of truth outside the Catholic Church, there is no salvation. If someone outside the visible bounds of the Church is saved, it is only by the superabundant merits of Jesus Christ and the instrumentality of the Catholic Church, the sacrament of salvation.We must not be indifferent. We must boldly preach the truth at all times. And we must not be afraid to stand up for these beliefs, even when it is inconvenient. In some contexts doing so can lead to our bodily martyrdom. In the United States of America, the constitutional order is more or less compatible with the free practice of the Catholic religion. However, we must be cognizant that there is a distinct difference between religious freedom in the American idea and the Catholic teaching.The American notion protects us, to an extent, but it is more geared to creating a national identity that transcends religion. This should make any faithful Catholic nervous because it is working. How many American Catholics do you know who are more concerned about being American Catholics than being Catholics who happen to be American? Religious freedom is freedom from coercion. Ultimately, it is freedom FOR the truth, FOR the Catholic Faith. We cannot forget this, lest we descend into a banal coexistence or tolerance without the drive to share the fullness of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. We cannot be indifferent and we cannot be content to allow anyone to stay in error. We must respect their right to religious freedom by not coercing them and respecting their journey, in good conscience. But the task and privilege of evangelization remains in full force. Get full access to Good Distinctions at www.gooddistinctions.com/subscribe

Radical Grace/The Lutheran Difference
This Time We'll REALLY Keep Jesus' Commands!

Radical Grace/The Lutheran Difference

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2023 59:54


Tucker Carlson announces he's bringing his show to Twitter, Private Jets get more expensive, and Teachers can Teach again in Arizona. Also, do you love Jesus enough to keep his commandments?  Visit Matthew Pancake's Facebook http://www.facebook.com/matthew.pancake Visit Pastor Gary Held's Facebook http://www.facebook.com/garyheld Visit our Website www.RadicalGraceRadio.com Visit Our Youtube Page RGR Youtube

Radical Grace/The Lutheran Difference
How Is Perseverence of the Saints Understood By Lutherans?

Radical Grace/The Lutheran Difference

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2023 59:54


Women's cycling is losing its women, the Satanic Temple is 'misunderstood', and P*rnhub fights back. Then it's time to answer an age-old question. Visit Matthew Pancake's Facebook http://www.facebook.com/matthew.pancake Visit Pastor Gary Held's Facebook http://www.facebook.com/garyheld Visit our Website www.RadicalGraceRadio.com Visit Our Youtube Page RGR Youtube

WORLD OVER
2023-05-05 - SUDAN UNREST, THE HABSBURG WAY, LOVE STORIES OF THE BIBLE

WORLD OVER

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 60:00


SUDAN UNREST Nina Shea, director of The Center for Religious Freedom at The Hudson Institute joins us to talk about the armed unrest in Sudan that could escalate into a civil war and how the violence is affecting the Christian minority in the country...as well as the ongoing persecution of Christians in Nigeria. THE HABSBURG WAY Eduard Habsburg, Hungarian Ambassador to the Holy See talks about his new book, The Habsburg Way: Seven Rules for Turbulent Times and the recent Papal Visit to Hungary LOVE STORIES OF THE BIBLE Shannon Bream, author and chief legal correspondent for FOX News shares her new book, The Love Stories of the Bible Speak: Biblical Lessons on Romance, Friendship and Faith.

The BreakPoint Podcast
A New Report on Religious Freedom Worldwide, States Rethink Decriminalizing Drugs, and the Godfather of AI Quits Google

The BreakPoint Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 48:14


A new government report finds religious persecution around the world is growing, states that decriminalized drugs are rethinking that plan and John and Maria discuss a leading voice in Artificial Intelligence saying he regrets his life work.

The Briefing - AlbertMohler.com
Thursday, May 4, 2023

The Briefing - AlbertMohler.com

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 25:45


This is The Briefing, a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.Part I (00:13 - 10:42) Battle Over Religious Charter Schools: Why the Battle Against School Choice?How school choice drives America's people of faith apart by Religion News Service (Amy Laura Hall)Part II (10:42 - 19:47) The American Religious Intuition: Are U.S. Lawmakers More Religious Than Their Voters?Our lawmakers are more religious than we are by Axios (Russell Contreras)Part III (19:47 - 25:45) Discrimination Through a Dress Code?: Texas Department of Agriculture Receives Critique for Requiring Dress Code According to Biological GenderTexas agriculture department's new dress code is based on 'biological gender' by NPR (Jonathan Franklin)Sign up to receive The Briefing in your inbox every weekday morning.Follow Dr. Mohler:Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTubeFor more information on The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, go to sbts.edu.For more information on Boyce College, just go to BoyceCollege.com.To write Dr. Mohler or submit a question for The Mailbox, go here.

Walking Through Samaria
The Final Episode

Walking Through Samaria

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 87:32


Our hosts are joined by Rev. Alvin C. Bibbs & Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen on the final episode of Walking Through Samaria   Rev. Alvin C. Bibbs, Sr. is a Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Executive and a highly sought-after motivational speaker, author (Crazy Enough to Care: Changing Your World Through Compassion, Justice, & Racial Reconciliation, published by InterVarsity Press) and serves as an organizational coach/facilitator to congregations, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations across North America. Along with currently serving as President & CEO of the Justice Journey Alliance™, Leadership Foundation of Chicago. Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen is the executive director of Parity, an NYC-based national nonprofit that works at the intersection of faith and LGBT concerns, and the Director of Blessed by Difference. Marian has worked with youth and families in various denominations and settings throughout the country for more than 20 years, focusing on strengths-based interventions and supports to affirm beliefs and faith practices for LGBT persons. In 2013, Marian was named Person of the Year by Q Salt Lake for her visionary leadership, and in 2015 was named a Petra Fellow for her work with LGBT Homeless Youth. Marian attended Western Theological Seminary and Eden Theological Seminary, she is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Eden Theological Seminary with the topic Covenantal Pluralism, Religious Freedom and Mission: Evidence for Healing the LGBT and Faith Divide.

The Greek Current
Turkey lands on USCIRF's special watch list over religious freedom violations

The Greek Current

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 11:07


Once again, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has recommended in its 2023 Annual Report that Turkey be placed on the Special Watch List for engaging in or tolerating severe violations of religious freedom. Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir, the coordinator of ADL's Task Force on Middle East Minorities and a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute, joins Thanos Davelis to look at religious freedom conditions in Turkey and highlight the key issues raised in USCIRF's report. We also explore what steps the US can take to move things in the right direction on religious and human rights in Turkey.Read USCIRF's Annual Report here: 2023 USCIRF Annual ReportYou can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:Athens pushes back against Tripoli maritime zone claimsChristodoulides meets Macron in ParisMacron affirms support on Cyprus problemPresident meets top Total executives in Paris

InAsia
Religious Freedom Gets an Early Warning System in Bangladesh

InAsia

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 17:43 Transcription Available


In the restless Rajshahi district of Bangladesh, a five-year experiment built a community warning system for religious freedom violations.

Logos
The Constitution and Confession (W/Civil Lawyer: Dcn. Garlick) [Ep. 101]

Logos

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 82:33


In this episode, Logos discusses the relationship between The Seal of Confession and Civil law. With the recent sex abuse scandals and many other issues in the Church: why grants the Church the ability to practice its right? Where does this authority to "forgive sins" come from anyways? Civil justice over divine justice, many chant.In order to cover this topic more comprehensively, we invited Deacon. Harrison Garlick, a  civil lawyer, to help us out. #politics #liberal #conservative #God #Catholic #Christian #sacraments #religion #academics #love #life #podcast #technology #goodness #truth #beautyTo support us or checkout our other platforms, check out the links below:Website: www.logos-podcast.com Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3PCPWBv...Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@logospodcast YouTube:    / @logospodxast  Instagram: https://instagram.com/logos.pod?igshi...Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/logospodcastTimecode:0:00 - Intro2:50 - Who is our guest?13:50 - Why this topic?16:20 - Attacks on Confession 19:50 - What is the Seal?27:00 - US and Confession29:40 - Confession and Non-Catholics32:30 - Public Relations and Confession36:00 - 1st Amendment37:40 - Religious Freedom and Confession40:00 -  Church as Society43:55 - Rhetoric around Confession44:30 - Do Priests have to absolve?47:00 - America is Threatened?48:30 - What is Liberalism?50:45 - Natural Law52:15 - Reality is Intelligible 53:00 - Liberalism Has Taken over56:30 - Founding Fathers58:00 - Does Power Exist outside of Contract?1:00:00 - Liberalism and Relativism 1:08:30 - Antagonism of Religion and State1:13:35 - Intellect Vs. Will1:14:50 - Future of these attacks....Support the show

Humble Jurist
Instruments in His Hands: Doing this Great and Marvelous Work

Humble Jurist

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2023 39:28


Elder Larry Echo Hawk addressed the J. Reuben Clark Law Society at its Annual Fireside on January 25, 2013.Our mission: "We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law."

The Common Good Podcast
These two pastors don't want the Ten Commandments hung in schools

The Common Good Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2023 39:04


Brian and Aubrey talk about an absolutely crazy tweet that none of us realized was satire (oops), the kind of inheritance we're leaving behind, and questions Aubrey got over the weekend from a gaggle of young single guys wondering about what it means to have an egalitarian marriage. Follow The Common Good on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Hosted by Aubrey Sampson and Brian From Produced by Laura Finch and Keith ConradSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Eric Metaxas Show
Michael Wilkerson - Part 3

The Eric Metaxas Show

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2023 43:59


Michael Wilkerson concludes his commentary based on his book, "Why America Matters: The Case for a New Exceptionalism," covering much that is both good and bad about our nation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Secure Freedom Radio Podcast
With Todd Bensman, Greg Scarlatoiu and Christine Douglass-Williams

Secure Freedom Radio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2023 52:55


TODD BENSMAN, Senior National Security Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies, former Department of Homeland Security official, Author, Overrun: How Joe Biden Unleashed the Greatest Border Crisis in U.S. History,  America's Covert Border War: The Untold Story of the Nation's Battle to Prevent Jihadist Infiltration, @BensmanTodd How bad is the southern border crisis? The impact of Title 42 ending in the near future Where are immigrants getting into the United States coming from? An under-reported story of terrorists bringing informants across the border GREG SCARLATOIU, Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea Why does the U.S. have 20,000 troops stationed in South Korea? Assessing the nuclear arsenal of North Korea CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS, Nine-time international award-winning journalist and television producer, Former federally appointed Director, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Former Appointee, Office of Religious Freedom in Foreign Affairs, Author, “The Challenge of Modernizing Islam” Increased tensions towards Israel from its Middle Eastern neighbors The connection between Hezbollah and Lebanon What is the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation?

The BreakPoint Podcast
The Mayflower Story Repeats Itself

The BreakPoint Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2023 4:31


Four years ago, the 60-plus members of the Shenzhen fellowship fled their homes in Communist China.

We Dissent
Court Reform with Katie O'Connor

We Dissent

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2023 68:36


Alison, Liz, and Rebecca are joined by Katie O'Connor, Deputy Chief Counsel at Demand Justice, to discuss court reform. Katie explains how the Supreme Court and federal courts have been broken, why it's an existential threat to our secular democracy, and how we can fix it.  Background Demand Justice FFRF report on Trump judges Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States   Legislation Discussed Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act of 2023 H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2021 H.R.4 - John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 H.R.2584 - Judiciary Act of 2021 H.R.5140 - Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act of 2021 H.R.4886 - District Court Judgeships Act of 2021 H.R.8936 - Circuit Court Judgeships Act of 2022 H.R.642 - Restoring Judicial Separation of Powers Act   Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Our website, we-dissent.org, has more information as well as episode transcripts.

Catholic Connection
2023-04-25 - Religious Freedom in the Workplace!

Catholic Connection

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2023 60:00


The Supreme Court will soon decide a case about religious freedom in the workplace.

Boom! Lawyered
We're Live in Front of an Audience!

Boom! Lawyered

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2023 33:45


Jess and Imani recorded this special episode of Boom! Lawyered in front of a live audience over the weekend at the Summit for Religious Freedom. Tune in for their expert analysis on the mifepristone lawsuit.Rewire News Group is a nonprofit media organization, which means that Boom! Lawyered is only made possible by the support of listeners like you! If you can, please join our team by donating here.And sign up for The Fallout, a weekly newsletter written by Jess that's exclusively dedicated to covering every aspect of this unprecedented moment. 

We'll Hear Arguments
We're Live in Front of an Audience!

We'll Hear Arguments

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2023 33:45


Jess and Imani recorded this special episode of Boom! Lawyered in front of a live audience over the weekend at the Summit for Religious Freedom. Tune in for their expert analysis on the mifepristone lawsuit.Rewire News Group is a nonprofit media organization, which means that Boom! Lawyered is only made possible by the support of listeners like you! If you can, please join our team by donating here.And sign up for The Fallout, a weekly newsletter written by Jess that's exclusively dedicated to covering every aspect of this unprecedented moment. 

MichMash
GV Freeman

MichMash

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2023 39:08


GV and I talk about modern day medicine, Buddhism, spirituality, reactivity being a blessing, the universe, plant medicine, being a foreign exchange student, alcohol dependency, Peru, the sledgehammer of psychedelics, Ayahuasca, being a safe space, the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, shadows, healing, and so much more!   LINKEDIN   MichMash is an open platform for our guests to be heard. The views expressed by our guests are not necessarily the views of MichMash, 100th Monkey, or Mich Hancock.

ERLC Podcast
TN governor's Order of Protection proposal, the religious postal worker case, and the abortion pill

ERLC Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2023 21:11


On this episode, Lindsay Nicolet talks with Hannah Daniel about the Tennessee governor's Order of Protection proposal. They also discuss several important Supreme Court developments including the religious postal worker case and the abortion pill ContentTennessean: SBC public policy president, a Covenant parent, backs Lee's gun law proposalExplainer: Tennessee governor's Order of Protection proposalGroff v. DeJoy: Religious postal worker caseRundown of oral arguments Abortion pill at the Supreme Court Connect with us on Twitter@ERLC@LeatherwoodTN@LindsNicolet@hannahedaniel SponsorsRacial unity | If we, as Southern Baptists, can be willing to listen and have good conversations about race, we will see fruit that will draw us closer together. That's why we believe that A Conversation with Pastor Jon Nelson will be a helpful resource for you and your congregation. Watch this NEW video at ERLC.com/racialunity and listen as Jon candidly shares his thoughts on how we can meaningfully partner together on this work within our churches and communities. Again that link is ERLC.com/racialunityEmail updates | Now that 2023 is fully underway, we want to make sure you are kept up to date about the important work we are doing on behalf of Southern Baptists. Whether it's our 2023 Public Policy Agenda or another ultrasound machine placement, we want to make sure you know how we are serving our churches and acting as missionaries to the public square. As we move forward in 2023, know that first in our hearts and at the top of our minds are our churches. And we are taking those next steps with a Mark 10:44 mindset: to be a servant of all. The best way to learn more is by joining us at ERLC.com/updates. Signing up for email updates allows you to hear directly from us about our work and ways we are serving you on the issues that matter most to Southern Baptists. You'll learn about our work on your behalf in our nation's capital, about exciting new partnerships with our state conventions and the ways we are working across the convention with our sister entities. Become an email subscriber at ERLC.com/updates.

A Woman's View with Amanda Dickson
Is there a right to not work on Sunday?

A Woman's View with Amanda Dickson

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2023 8:00


The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week on a case involving a former postal service worker who didn't want to work on Sunday. Do we have a right to not work on Sunday? Only if accomodating us will not cause the employer "undue hardship." KSL Newsradio's Amanda Dickson asks her guests on A Woman's View what they think about this. Her guests this week include Lisa Walker, certified athletic trainer and teacher at Springville High School, Jeanetta Williams, president of the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP and NAACP tri-state conference, and Kristin Sokol , a professional relationship and dating coach. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Don Lemon Tonight
Omaha slashes shootings, Fox viewers vent, religious freedom case

Don Lemon Tonight

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2023 80:20


In a week of reporting young people in America getting shot after making innocent mistakes, CNN Tonight talks to two officials about Omaha managing to cut the City's gun violence in half, and how they did it. Plus, Alisyn Camerota sits down with a group of dedicated Fox News viewers to see what they think of the $787 million settlement the network had to pay for spreading misinformation about Dominion Voting Systems. And, the Supreme Court hears the case of a former postal worker and Evangelical Christian who asked not to work on Sundays due to their faith.Hosted by Alisyn Camerota.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Bold and Blunt
Religious Freedom Is the Most Important Freedom Of All

Bold and Blunt

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2023 35:07


If you were to be asked to name the five liberties secured by the First Amendment in the Constitution, and then choose which one was most important, what would you say? If it's not religious freedom, then perhaps you should rethink. Yes, freedom of speech is important. Yes, the ability to start a media outlet to report on the government is important. And moving away from the First Amendment, to the Second, it's irrefutable that the ability of the citizenry to keep and bear arms is a subtle reminder to the government about the power of the people. But religious freedom for a nation that's rooted in individualism, based on a concept of rights coming from God -- well now, that makes religious freedom the most important notion to preserve and protect. Still don't agree? Well listen up, then. Mark David Hall has much to say.

The Robert Scott Bell Show
The RSB Show 4-19-23 - Kenny Mauer, Vaccine Mandates, Religious Freedom, Lab Leak Theory

The Robert Scott Bell Show

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2023 129:01


TODAY ON THE ROBERT SCOTT BELL SHOW: RFK Jr. makes it official, Kenny Mauer, NBA officiating, Vaccine mandates, Religious freedom, Lab Leak theory evidence, MRNA meat, Big Ag Panicking, Adderall and Ritalin abuse, False messaging, Contaminated soils and MORE! http://www.robertscottbell.com/government/rfk-jr-makes-it-official-kenny-mauer-nba-officiating-vaccine-mandates-religious-freedom-lab-leak-theory-evidence-mrna-meat-big-ag-panicking-adderall-and-ritalin-abuse-false-messaging-contam/

Cuomo Prime Time with Chris Cuomo
Omaha slashes shootings, Fox viewers vent, religious freedom case

Cuomo Prime Time with Chris Cuomo

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2023 80:20


In a week of reporting young people in America getting shot after making innocent mistakes, CNN Tonight talks to two officials about Omaha managing to cut the City's gun violence in half, and how they did it. Plus, Alisyn Camerota sits down with a group of dedicated Fox News viewers to see what they think of the $787 million settlement the network had to pay for spreading misinformation about Dominion Voting Systems. And, the Supreme Court hears the case of a former postal worker and Evangelical Christian who asked not to work on Sundays due to their faith.Hosted by Alisyn Camerota.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Catholic Answers Focus
#481 The Controversies Around Religious Freedom - Michael Lofton

Catholic Answers Focus

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2023


What is religious freedom? Did the Church err about religious freedom at Vatican II? Michael Lofton from “Reason and Theology” tackles one of the great controversies of the council. Cy Kellett: Hello and welcome to Focus the Catholic Answers podcast for living, understanding and defending your Catholic Faith. I am Cy Kellett, your host. And this time we talk a bit about a controversy within the Catholic Church one that good apologist or good defender of the faith would want to have some familiarity with because different Catholics and, and, and those in the Catholic orbit who may …

Catholic Drive Time: Keeping you Informed & Inspired!
USPS Violates Religious Freedom and Trans Teacher Threatens to Shoot Students

Catholic Drive Time: Keeping you Informed & Inspired!

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2023 120:00


Catholic Drive Time - 877-757-9424 Date – Tuesday, April 18th - 2023 – St. Galdinus of Milan St. Galdinus of Milan (c. 1096 – 1176) was born into a noble family and was educated for the ecclesiastical life. He became the chancellor of the Church in Milan and was later made cardinal by Pope Alexander III. He was known for his humility, sweetness, and vigor in defending the Church against heresies. In his last moments, despite being physically weak, he ascended the pulpit and delivered a vehement sermon against the heretics, showing his unwavering zeal for the faith. He died as the Mass ended, leaving behind an example of a counter-revolutionary knight who fought against the enemies of the Church with all his strength until his last breath. His death epitomizes the importance of resolute combat against heresy and revolution for the preservation of the faith. St. Galdinus of Milan, Pray for us. INTRO – Happy Tuesday And – at 15 past the hour, USPS violates religious freedom and trans teacher threatens to shoot students Also – at 30 past the hour, we will discuss the false right Shawn and Tiffany Pham Veni Sancte Spiritus COME, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Oremus: O GOD, Who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that, by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Adrian Social Media IG: @ffonze Twitter: @AdrianFonze Facebook: Adrian Fonseca YouTube: Adrian Fonseca YouTube: Catholic Conversations Tito Social Media Twitter: @TitoEdwards Visit our website to learn more about us, find a local GRN radio station, a schedule of our programming and so much more. http://grnonline.com/

Progressive Voices
State Of Belief 04-15-2023

Progressive Voices

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2023 60:00


Next time on State of Belief Radio, Outrageous attacks on education in Florida. It's just part of Ron DeSantis' aggressive culture war attack on the state's diverse families, values and institutions. Matt Hartley is a Former Board Member and Chair of the Interfaith Center of Northeast Florida. He's the Director of the Interfaith Center at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, and has first-person insights on the toll this attempt to roll back anything the presidential wanna-be governor deems as “Woke.” Also, the Summit for Religious Freedom. It's happening April 22-24th, and I'll talk with Rachel Laser, President and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which is putting on the event. The Summit is a hub for the collective fight for religious freedom, church-state separation, and the issues that depend on them like LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive rights, protecting public schools, and more.

The Brian Dainsberg Podcast
Thoughts on Politics - Part 2

The Brian Dainsberg Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2023 23:30


The little known covenant God made with Noah is about more than not sending another flood. It contains God's expectations for the human race and the foundation for government's proper role within it.Resources:Liberty for All: Defending Everyone's Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Age - Andrew T. WalkerPolitics after Christendom: Political Theology in a Fractured World - David VanDrunenPolitical Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ's Rule - Jonathan Leeman

New Books Network
Elizabeth S. Hurd and Winnifred F. Sullivan, "At Home and Abroad: The Politics of American Religion" (Columbia UP, 2021)

New Books Network

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2023 44:07


From right to left, notions of religion and religious freedom are fundamental to how many Americans have understood their country and themselves. Ideas of religion, politics, and the interplay between them are no less crucial to how the United States has engaged with the world beyond its borders. Yet scholarship on American religion tends to bracket the domestic and foreign, despite the fact that assumptions about the differences between ourselves and others deeply shape American religious categories and identities. At Home and Abroad: The Politics of American Religion (Columbia UP, 2021) bridges the divide in the study of American religion, law, and politics between domestic and international, bringing together diverse and distinguished authors from religious studies, law, American studies, sociology, history, and political science to explore interrelations across conceptual and political boundaries. They bring into sharp focus the ideas, people, and institutions that provide links between domestic and foreign religious politics and policies. Contributors break down the categories of domestic and foreign and inquire into how these taxonomies are related to other axes of discrimination, asking questions such as: What and who counts as “home” or “abroad,” how and by whom are these determinations made, and with what consequences? Offering a new approach to theorizing the politics of religion in the context of the American nation-state, At Home and Abroad also interrogates American religious exceptionalism and illuminates imperial dynamics beyond the United States. Find the sister-project, Theologies of American Exceptionalism, here. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is professor of political science and the Crown Chair in Middle East Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (2008) and Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion (2015). Winnifred Fallers Sullivan is Provost Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, director of the Center for Religion and the Human, and affiliated professor of law at Indiana University Bloomington. Her books include The Impossibility of Religious Freedom (2005) and Church State Corporation: Construing Religion in U.S. Law (2020). This episode's host, Jacob Barrett, is currently a PhD student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Religion and Culture track. For more information, visit his website thereluctantamericanist.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network

The BreakPoint Podcast
Being Christian in an Age of Heightened Hostility

The BreakPoint Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2023 5:49


For the sake of our neighbors, all who believe in the importance of truth must continue to say so. We cannot beat ideological opponents into conformity, and it is sinful to try. On July 27, I will be hosting a conversation about these things for the 2023 Great Lakes Symposium on Christian Worldview in Bay Harbor, Michigan. I'll be joined by Jim Daly, CEO and president of Focus on the Family and Kristen Waggoner, CEO, president, and general counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom. Please mark the date, July 27, to either join us live or by livestream. 

The BreakPoint Podcast
A Judge Rules Against Mifepristone, the Benefits of a Large Family, and Evangelism in Israel

The BreakPoint Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2023 58:01


A judge in Texas says the FDA rushed its approval of the abortion drug Mifepristone. John and Maria discuss a new study that finds children from large families are less likely to divorce.   — Recommendations — Samuel Beckett's Breath Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts by Samuel Beckett Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible's Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture by Christopher Watkin Segment 1 - Texas Ruling on Mifepristone "Justice Department Appeals Texas abortion pill order" AP News "What's Next for the abortion pill Mifepristone?" NPR "Danco Laboratories, LLC Revenue" Kona Equity Segment 2 - Love and Marriage "Growing Up with Siblings Makes You Less Likely to Get Divorced" The Daily Mail UK "More Siblings Means Less Chance of Divorce as an Adult" Science Daily "Is Marrying Later Always Better?" Institute for Family Studies Segment 3 - Stories of the Week "Israeli Government Threatens to Outlaw Evangelism" The Point "Why People Question Christianity" Breakpoint "The Restless Heart of Gen Z" Breakpoint "Being Christian in an Age of Heightened Hostility" Breakpoint

Secure Freedom Radio Podcast
With Rick Fisher, Nicholas Eftimiades and Christine Douglass-Williams

Secure Freedom Radio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2023 52:55


RICK FISHER, Senior Fellow of Asian Military Affairs, International Assessment and Strategy Center, Author, “China's Military Modernization: Building for Regional and Global Reach,” former Asian Studies Director, The Heritage Foundation, former China Brief Editor, The Jamestown Foundation Are recent military drills by the Chinese more intense than previous drills? When would Xi Jinping want to invade Taiwan? Why does China want to gain control of Taiwan so badly? NICHOLAS EFTIMIADES, Senior Fellow, McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security A large "gap of knowledge" within the U.S. intelligence community when it comes to Chinese intel Eftimiades' large database on Chinese espionage What did the Chinese collect from the U.S. with their spy balloon? CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS, Nine-time international award-winning journalist and television producer, Former federally appointed Director, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Former Appointee, Office of Religious Freedom in Foreign Affairs, Author, “The Challenge of Modernizing Islam” How is the Chinese Communist Party infiltrating Canada? Justin Trudeau's connections with China How China is "weaving" their way into all aspects of Canadian life