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#KimDavis, Slippery Slopes and Religious Freedom

Salon magazine celebrated when Megyn Kelly of Fox News caught Presidential candidate Ben Carson off guard with a relatively easy question about Kim Davis’s conscientious objection to same-sex marriage. Mrs Davis, a Kentucky wedding clerk, has argued that her Christian faith should exempt her from having to sign marriage certificates.

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The Christian Argument for Religious Freedom

Religious freedom is significantly more than the freedom to one’s own opinion under one’s own roof. It includes the right to express religious views in public life, to live out a life in accordance with one’s deepest convictions, to meet with others in acts of worship and to raise one’s  family in one’s  faith.

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Around the Web #5: Rights, Liberty and Religious Freedom

God and Politics UK has an excellent post outlining the work of the All-Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom.  So now is a good time to consider what freedom of religion means. While we are fortunate not to face religious persecution in the West, religious groups could face prejudice and  discrimination. We should not dismiss Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon as an alarmist when she warns:

 Emboldened by recent developments, militant secularists are claiming that religious freedom is an unnecessary right.

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Was the Sabbath a Mean Spirited Rule? Seeking Sabbath; Finding Freedom

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The fourth commandment comes to us, not lightly, but as a strict and memorable principle. “Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy,” thundered God from Mount Sinai to the nascent Israelite nation gathered to hear his words. (Exodus 20:8-10).  Strict, because over the centuries the church has resolutely upheld this principle of mandatory rest and memorable because it still conjures, in the minds of many, images of toys not played with, races not run, and televisions blacked out on “The Sabbath Day”.   Coming from Canada, where things were a lot less rigid, I shudder when told of swings being chained together to prevent children from, God forbid, breaking the Sabbath by having fun.

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Freedom of Religion or Freedom from Religion?

There’s a curious tension in attitudes towards religion in modern society. Freedom of religion is a well-established human right and few people in Western democracies, whether religious or not, would wish to deny it. At the same, the view that religion should play little or no role in public life is very common.

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