When States Force A Particular Secular Perspective

Recently, in a comment, Andrew raised the choices before Roman Catholic adoption agencies when states have mandated that all adoption agencies must be willing to adopt children to homosexual couples.  Specifically, he said: “1) Continue receiving state funding and discontinue discriminating against potential parents based on certain criteria. 2) Give up state funding and continue…
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Engaging The ELCA In Post-Measure 3 Dialogue

Although I think a combination of Planned Parenthood money and typical North Dakotan skepticism is what ultimately did in Measure 3, the resolution presented as a press release by the ELCA diocese of Western ND did not help matters any.  The resolution may be found on their site here: http://www.wndsynod.org/events/assets/2012Resolution5-Measure3.pdf It seems to me, from…
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Religious Freedom After Measure 3

Measure 3 was defeated with some ease on Tuesday.  As KVLY reported, a significant reason had to do with the $1 million of antagonistic ads from Planned Parenthood.  I also think a factor was the (surprising to me) objections of the ELCA.  The ELCA supported an earlier effort to call for our State Department to…
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Religious Minorities Have Most To Lose If Measure 3 Fails

Religious minorities in North Dakota have the most to lose if Measure 3 fails.  Indeed, Measure 3 will be, in part, a test of whether North Dakota is truly resilient enough to defend the religious convictions of both majority faiths and minority faiths.  The majority faiths, such as Roman Catholics and Protestants have their convictions…
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Inter-Faith Views On Religious Freedom On C-Span

In my last post, I mentioned that discussions concerning religious freedom were taking place across America right now.  There is one event I should have also mentioned, but forgot.  So, I wish to highlight it now. Recently, an inter-faith conference on religious freedom was televised on C-Span.  Fr. Chad Hatfield, the Dean and CEO of…
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