“The Supreme Court has again affirmed that Americans are free to pray,” said David Cortman, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), after the Court, in a 5-4 ruling, determined that it is constitutional for Christian prayers to be offered at the beginning of legislative meetings.
Summit Ministries has joined 23 other Christian ministries in filing an amicus brief before the Supreme Court, opposing the contraception mandate under the health-care-reform law. On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a case that will set an important precedent regarding the exercise of religious freedom in our country. An opinion is expected to be rendered by the end of June.
Brendan Eich, just two weeks after being named CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, was forced to resign because – in 2008 – he donated $1,000 to a campaign urging California voters to support Proposition 8. While the executives at Mozilla – like the executives at Hobby Lobby – should have every right to follow their consciences and abide by their respective mission statements, Mozilla is obviously acting contrary to their stated values of openness, inclusion, and diversity by punishing someone for expressing views that have nothing to do with web design.
On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a case that will set an important precedent regarding the exercise of religious freedom in our country. Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby, is asking a question that has widespread ramifications: “Are [people in America that have a business] able to operate that business according to their deeply held religious beliefs?
In Sweezy v. New Hampshire (1957), the Supreme Court said that “Teachers and students must always remain free to inquire … otherwise, our civilization will stagnate and die.” But, as the following two examples will show, academic freedom in our country is being restricted considerably, and the pursuit of truth is being hampered as a result.
It is imperative that we defend the conscience rights of individuals who feel they are acting immorally by sanctioning a lifestyle they believe is not only contrary to scripture but also harmful to a well-ordered society. Still, we should find ways in which we can, in good conscience, reach out to those with whom we disagree, in order to love them, serve them, and guide them toward the truth revealed by God in Scripture.
At the Reagan presidential library last Thursday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal delivered a speech on “The Silent War on Religious Liberty.” According to Jindal, this war “threatens the fabric of our communities, the health of our public square, and the endurance of our constitutional governance.”
In his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed more government solutions to a wide variety of problems. But, after five mediocre years in office, President Obama is being tuned out by people exhausted by economic stagnancy and incompetence in Washington.
It’s clear that the federal government, in enforcing what has become known as the HHS contraception mandate, is propping up a secularist worldview at the expense of religious freedom. In effect, it’s doing this by coercive strong-arming and — in a move right out of the postmodernist’s playbook — engaging in disingenuous arguments to make its case seem more reasonable.
As governmental and social restrictions on religion increase, violent religious persecution and conflict result. That’s the stunning conclusion of a study of religious freedom conducted by Brian J. Grim and Roger Finke and published by Cambridge University Press.
If Grim and Finke are correct, the Obama administration’s indifferent and sometimes hostile attitude toward religious freedom could be setting America on a catastrophic course.
Religious liberty has historically been considered America’s first freedom because of its prominence in the minds of America’s founders and its enshrinement in the first amendment to the Constitution. But there is another reason religious liberty should be put in first place: historically, when a society begins restricting religious freedom, coercive restrictions on other liberties follow. When we fail to speak out against seemingly small incursions against religious liberty we cede ground, little by little, to those who would like to see religious liberty curtailed.
Paul’s missionary journeys occupied decades of his life. His martyrdom was preceded by serious, painful persecution. Yet his steadfast refrain to Christians was to keep fighting, keep living, keep working, and keep obeying. Likewise, we are called to persist in a fallen world without regard for our self-preservation or comfort.