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Religious Liberty


Introduction

 

Freedom of religion is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance; the concept is generally recognized also to include the freedom to change religion or not to follow any religion. The freedom to leave or discontinue membership in a religion or religious group —in religious terms called "apostasy" —is also a fundamental part of religious freedom.

Freedom of religion is considered by many people and nations to be a fundamental human right. Thomas Jefferson said (1807) "among the inestimable of our blessings, also, is that ...of liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will; ..."In a country with a state religion, freedom of religion is generally considered to mean that the government permits religious practices of other sects besides the state religion, and does not persecute believers in other faiths.

Historically freedom of religion has been used to refer to the tolerance of different theological systems of belief, while freedom of worship has been defined as freedom of individual action. Each of these have existed to varying degrees. While many countries have accepted some form of religious freedom, this has also often been limited in practice through punitive taxation, repressive social legislation, and political disenfranchisement.


Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

 All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status . . .  Read More >>

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Religious Liberty

 

Religious liberty is a gift from God and extends to all people, no matter where they live. As such, the right to religious liberty is not dependent on international or national laws, though many such legal guarantees exist. Maybe the best known of these is the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights Article 18, which states: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and . . .  Read More >>

Religious Liberty

Persecution of Christians on Rise - In US

 

A report by two U.S.-based religious freedom groups says anti-Christian persecution is on the rise in America. The joint report by Texas-based Liberty Institute and Washington-based Family Research Council says groups like the American Civil Liberties Union aren’t the only culprits. The report says government agencies around the U.S. are trying to push Christian expression out the door. “It is dramatic,” says Liberty Institute Founder Kelly Shackleford, of the recent hike in reported incidents of persecution. “I have been doing these types of cases . . .  Read More >>

Persecution of Christians on Rise - In US

Tolerance, Christian values and the law

 

Peter and Hazelmary Bull have been reprimanded for, in the words of Judge Andrew Rutherford, a perfectly orthodox Christian belief that sex outside marriage, straight or gay, is wrong. As the judge accepted, Peter and Hazelmary Bull, aged 70 and 66, are decent and benevolent people. They have no dislike of homosexuals, whom they often welcome to their small Cornish hotel, treating them exactly as they do unmarried heterosexuals.  Read More >>

Tolerance, Christian values and the law

Power to Erode Liberty

 

Blinded by the “new morality” of pro-choice, affirmative action, environmentalism, greed for the common good and an insatiable drive for power, burgeoning “laws” are being passed, restricting the fabric of liberty in the United States. Some are coming through the legislative process. But most are evolving through regulatory decisions or directly from the bench, criminalizing social behavior which has no bearing to moral wrongs that traditionally defined a criminal act.  Read More >>

Power to Erode Liberty

Papal Rome against Religious Liberty

 

“Popes [during the Dark Ages] made no bones about it: any prince who did not burn heretics as charged by the Inquisition would be excommunicated himself and go before the same tribunal for heresy. Far from being guiltless, the inquisitors were still guiltier by implicating the civil power in their crimes.” Catholic historian Peter De Rosa, Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy, p. 177 (1988).  Read More >>

Papal Rome against Religious Liberty

9/11 & Religious Liberty

 

The morning of September 11, 2001 was bright and clear. The nation was quiet for a few hours until four aircraft were high-jacked and three were crashed into prominent symbols of American culture. The nation went into panic, and it has never been the same. As the terrorists were laying their plans, they had no idea that the angels of God were involved. Sometime before September 11, the angels holding back the winds of strife had to stepped back a little to allow these evil plans to succeed.  Read More >>  

9/11 & Religious Liberty

Religious liberty advocates wary of Europe’s proposed work-free Sundays

 

A new alliance promoting fair and balanced work conditions in Europe asked the European Union’s Economic and Social Committee last week to declare Sunday a “work-free day” in its new working guidelines for member states. “A work free Sunday and appropriate working hours are a well deserved right for all citizens of Europe,” the alliance’s founding charter states. Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty advocates worry the proposal might infringe on free expression of religious beliefs, despite its well-intentioned goals of reducing stress and overwork.  Read More >>

Religious liberty advocates wary of Europe’s proposed work-free Sundays

Christian Legal Centre, UK High Court Decision on the Johns Adoption Application

 

In a landmark judgment, which will have a serious impact on the future of fostering and adoption in the UK, the High Court has suggested that Christians with traditional views on sexual ethics are unsuitable as foster careers, and that homosexual 'rights' trump freedom of conscience in the UK. The Judges stated that Christian beliefs on sexual ethics may be 'inimical' (Dictionary definition : "Inimical": Harmful in effect; unfriendly; hostile) to children, and they implicitly upheld an Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) submission that children risk being 'infected' by Christian moral beliefs.  Read More >>

Christian Legal Centre, UK High Court Decision on the Johns Adoption Application

Facing Up to the Burqa; Is France Going Too Far

 

There is a new law in France forbidding women wearing full-face veils in public. The media has largely focused on the voices of protest from religious leaders and human rights advocates. Yet it's important to realize that this law enjoys widespread popular support—not just in France, but across Europe. Polls show that in many European countries similar bills would draw significant public backing, and already some countries are showing signs of following France's example.   Read More >>

Facing Up to the Burqa; Is France Going Too Far

No Freedom Without Religious Freedom

 

An address given by Senator John McCain at the 4th annual Liberty Awards Banquet, May 4, 2006. - "It's no surprise that the many Seventh-day Adventists here tonight seek the freedom to practice their faith—after all, Adventists have often faced serious discrimination around the world. What is remarkable, what is truly impressive about your work, is that you seek freedom not just for people of your faith, but also for those of all other religions. Your work on behalf of religious freedom and human rights is vital, it is transforming, and it is inspiring. And for it, the world owes you a deep debt of gratitude . . . "  Read More >>

No Freedom Without Religious Freedom

Religious Liberty {Redefined}

 

What is liberty? It is freedom from undue restraint; it is the sum of the rights and immunities of all the citizens of an organized civil community, with provision for guaranteed protection against interference with their civil, political, personal, and religious activities. What pictures the word “liberty” conjures up! It brings to mind opened prisons, removed shackles, restored privileges, granted par­dons, reunited families, and reestablished respect.  Read Here >>

Religious Liberty {Redefined}

Religious Liberty; The Most Precious of Our Liberties

 

We Americans are touchy about our rights. Sometimes it seems that we think anything that’s good—from clean water to good housing—is a right owed us. These are “rights” many think government should provide. In all our talk about rights, we often tend to forget the more fundamental rights: the rights we have by virtue of our humanity, the rights we have against government, and the inalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator. We forget, in other words, both the moral basis of human rights and our responsibility to protect those rights.  Read More >>

Religious Liberty; The Most Precious of Our Liberties

High-profile attack on religious expression begins.

 

The homosexual movement has enormously stepped up its attack on free speech and religious expression. What you are about to read is the most outrageous legal assault we have ever encountered. On Wednesday, March 14, 2012 a Soros-funded New York-based far-left advocacy organization filed a 47-page lawsuit in Federal District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts against Pastor Scott Lively, a well-known pro-family writer and speaker who runs Redemption Gate Ministry and the Holy Grounds Coffee House in Springfield. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of homosexual activists in Uganda.   Read More >>

High-profile attack on religious expression begins.

Declaration of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Church-State Relations

 

At the heart of the Adventist message is our abiding belief that freedom of conscience must be guaranteed to all. Freedom of conscience includes the freedom to believe and fully practice the religious faith of choice, the freedom not to believe or practice religious faith, freedom to change faiths, and the freedom to establish and operate religious institutions in accordance with religious beliefs.  Read More >>

Declaration of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Church-State Relations