Tag: freedom of religion

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Fellow Ricochet member @flicker recently shared a video on COVID-19 in one of our groups. I was so impressed by it, I had to post it here. It’s lengthy, but take the time. I say that because it involves your health, well-being, and our collective future. It was encouraging, if that word can ever coincide with this nasty pandemic. It features Dr. Robert Malone, a creator of the mRNA technology, a delivery system of medicine that has and will continue to revolutionize treating many diseases with a targeted approach.

The other person is someone called Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche. While his field is veterinary medicine, he is so full of wisdom in the study of this virus and contributes tremendous amounts of insight into its evolution and treatment options at this point, and what to expect going forward.

Pastor Ché Ahn and Attorney Mathew Staver joined Senior Editor Christopher Bedford to discuss their recent lawsuit against California Gov. Gavin Newsom for his actions in banning religious worship amid the ongoing government lockdown. Ahn is the founder and head pastor at Harvest International Ministry and Harvest Rock Church, and Staver is a founding member of Liberty Counsel.

Ahn argued Gov. Newsom imposed a double standard in shutting down religious services while praising the reckless protests and looting that ensued following the death of George Floyd, despite their lack of compliance with CDC guidelines. Staver said the Constitution makes it clear the government cannot prevent citizens from gathering to worship.

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photo of Jakub Baryla of Poland I wonder at the courage, convictions and impact of a single individual against a torrent of opposition, politically, socially, religiously, and morally. Consider the courage of the following individuals, and their reasons for standing up to the on-coming tide of socialism and secularism across the world: “We need tangible […]

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Faisal Saeed Al Mutar’s first experience with Americans was during the second Iraq war when a US tank rolled up in front of his house. He shares his incredible story of growing up under Saddam Hussein’s regime, the vaccuum in his neighborhood that was filled by members of Al-Qaeda, blogging against extremism and receiving death threats as a teenager, escaping Iraq, and the ten year journey to becoming an America citizen. He discusses being taken in by a family in Virginia, why he thinks Americans are amazing people, his appreciation of the values America was founded upon – free speech, civil liberties, and freedom of religion – and the importance of the separation of powers. His is the founder of Ideas Beyond Borders, a non-profit that seeks to prevent extremism before it takes root by translating and creating content related to the values that make people less likely to be recruited by extremist organizations. And he shares stories of the heroes he works with across the Middle East who are risking their freedom and lives to help translate content covering controversial or banned ideas, from civil rights, to women’s rights, to evolution, and critical thinking.

Full transcript available here: WiW57-FaisalSaeedAlMutar-Transcript

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The week of Easter 2019 was difficult, personally and as a Christian. I lost my mother in law, our last remaining parent. Notre Dame caught fire and burned, doing massive damage. The small Christian community of Sri Lanka suffered terrorist attacks, resulting in hundreds of deaths. Another shooting at a Jewish synagogue in California. I […]

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 I received an interesting email from Ron Susek Ministries this morning. I was introduced to Mr. Susek by my sister who shared his outstanding book with me in 2012 called God Will Answer – 52 Meditations (one for each week).  I bought dozens of copies and shared them with people who were experiencing difficult times. […]

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While reading one book, another book was mentioned within its pages called “The Judgement of the Nations” by Christopher Dawson, copyright, 1942. I’d never heard of him. Here’s an excerpt: “A hundred years is a relatively short period. Yet the last hundred years have changed human life more completely than any period in the history […]

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Using Children to Advance the Progressive Agenda

 

One of the latest attacks on religious freedom comes from a demand of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, that all adoption agencies must approve adoptions to gay and lesbian parents.

New Hope Family Services is the adoption agency that has filed a lawsuit against the state, protesting that this requirement is inconsistent with their faith. This is the background of the lawsuit:

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I keep seeing this commercial for “Bring Your Bible to School Day”. It draws my attention with a catchy little tune that I haven’t sung since I was little, called “This Little Light of Mine”.  However, what intrigued me was that, in today’s politically correct and emotionally charged atmosphere, especially at schools and universities, this […]

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The recent Jewish holiday of Purim signified the defeat of Haman’s plot to massacre the Jews in The Book of Esther. Christians are now observing a holy period called Lent, a remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, tempted by Satan and represents a time of prayer, self-examination and reflection. The Holy Season of […]

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“Prom Accommodation” Is Bad for American Muslims

 

Several weeks ago a school in Brooklyn was petitioned to move their prom to an earlier date. As reported by The Blaze, the petition had been organized several months before but faculty claim it had not been brought to their attention. The petition was in relation to the beginning of Ramadan. Muslim students at the school wanted to be able to participate in both prom and the beginning of the great Islamic fast.

Initially I was not sure why prom would have anything to do with Ramadan. I have participated in fast-breaking during Ramadan and nothing I observed seem to conflict with what happens at a prom. After the prayers are said almost everyone breaks the fast with dates and milk. Good dates, not bad dates. Then lots of delicious food is brought out and since it is obvious I am a Christian (in general I almost always wear a cross necklace) the merits of Christianity vs. Islam are passionately but civilly discussed. In other words, it is a delicious respite from the insanity of regressive western culture. And aside from skin color and clothing, it’s virtually indiscernible from a Baptist potluck. Theology is being discussed and food is being eaten. That’s Baptist. That’s an ecumenism I can get behind.

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Back when Glenn Beck worked for Fox News, he documented the changes that were spreading across the Middle East. Back in 2010, with seemingly good intentions, an Arab Spring was launched to unseat the leadership of Egypt, Libya, and other countries, and bring about freedom to many who were under repression.  He noted however, how anarchists, communists and […]

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Richard Epstein describes the dramatic failure of the federal government’s attempts to balance anti-discrimination laws against religious liberty protections.

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On Monday, June 27th, a federal judge ruled that clerks in Mississippi may not cite their religious beliefs as justification for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ ruling came just days before a new law, HB 1523, was set to take effect that protected such religious objections. The editorial board […]

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  If you are celebrating the birth of freedom, with flags flying, grills sizzling, watching a parade, waving your sparklers, or just quietly contemplating our fundamental liberties that we sometimes take for granted, please review these stories. It is a time of growing uneasiness and lest you think it’s just you, it’s not. Everything is […]

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Thanksgiving, 1789

 

If you want a clear example of how the authors of the US Constitution understood our government’s relationship to religion, look no further than the proclamation of a day of thanksgiving to God in 1789 by President George Washington. Here is his speech inaugurating this holiday (and yes, “holiday” is a derivation of “holy day”).

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”