Professor Arkes and the Law

Aug 19, 2014 by

By Robert T Miller, Public Discourse: When the law limits the courts’ power to inquire into the truth or reasonableness of religious views, this is not because the law is assuming that religious beliefs lack rational foundation. Rather, it’s because allowing courts to exercise this power on a large scale would be too dangerous. In an article in First Things and several related pieces, Professor Hadley Arkes has argued that the plaintiffs in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, most of their supporters in...

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Cameron should appoint an Ambassador for Religious Freedom

Aug 19, 2014 by

ByPaul Goodman, Conservative Home: I recently heard a talk in a church on behalf of a charity that helps persecuted Christians abroad.  The speaker cited three types of oppression.  The first example was Robert Mugabe’s government in Zimbabwe.  It struck me as not being a very good one, because Mugabe doesn’t suppress Christians because of their faith: raised as a Catholic himself in church schools, he does so because some oppose his regime.  The second case was North Korea.  This was a much...

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Tell the Government about being a Christian at work

Aug 16, 2014 by

From Christian Concern: The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has today launched a call for evidence as part of a major research project concerned with freedom of religion and belief in the UK. The EHRC wants to hear from individuals and organisations about how their religion or belief (or that of other people) has affected their experiences in the workplace and in using the services and facilities they need in everyday life. ‘Significant for the future of Christian...

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Role of religion in schools under pressure after Trojan Horse scandal

Aug 14, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Almost 40 leading academics, peers and clerics are backing calls for a sweeping inquiry into the role of religion in British schools in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal. In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the signatories, ranging from prominent atheists to Christian and Jewish clergy, say parts of the education system are becoming “insular and divisive” and that clear rules about how far faith groups should influence schools are now urgently needed. They say...

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Rabbi Lord Sacks speaks on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Aug 12, 2014 by

On 24th July 2014, Rabbi Lord Sacks spoke in a debate in the House of Lords “to take note of international compliance with Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights concerning freedom of belief”. My Lords, I, too, am deeply grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Alton, for allowing us this opportunity to share our concerns about one of the most profoundly disturbing developments in our time. Seldom have I heard a more searing and devastating set of testimonies than I have heard today...

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Trojan Horse purge ‘threat to Christmas’

Aug 12, 2014 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline: Independent schools and academies could be forced to drop celebrations under new rules to tackle extremists. Independent schools and academies may be forced to drop Christmas celebrations under rules designed to tackle extremists, critics warned yesterday. They say 6,000 private schools will be compelled to adopt political correctness. Following the Trojan Horse scandal, in which Birmingham schools came under the sway of Islamic extremists, the Education...

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