Saturday, November 10, 2007

Religious Liberty and Christianity

I was reading this post on religious liberty over at Opinio Juris (h/t Roger Alford). Paul Marshall, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute has done a ton of work on religious persecution and liberty. The long and the short of the post was Marshall's presentation at an international conference on religious asylum at Pepperdine. Traditionally Christian countries have the most free, richest, and most tolerant societies in the world.

That's not groundbreaking news to me, but it highlights some things I tell my students. Scripture is the source of much of what makes our system of justice and government the best: due process, liberty, right to life and property, pursue happiness, etc. all find their beginnings in the Bible. Even if Christianity did not provide such great societies it would still be true of course. But the fact that a society influenced by the ideas and institutions Christianity inspires is likely to be one of the best places to live on earth gives it credence.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Religious Liberty and Institutionalized Disabled People

I was just awarded a research grant to study and write on the issue of religious liberty of institutionalized disabled people. Anybody who strolls through this little blog and has some anecdotes on this issue please comment. I'll mostly focus on the state of the law and the rights and liabilities of both the disabled people living in institutions and also the managers and staff at these facilities. I intuit that often these folks do not get their needs met -- either through visiting the churches they wish to or having access to ministers, friends, etc. from church. Anway, I'm excited and hope to be posting some preliinary results here in any case.

Again, if anyone out there comes across something pertinent and comes here please leave a comment.

Monday, November 05, 2007

A bit more Bono

Here's a new "The Rolling Stone Interview" with Bono. He is a liberal without the Bush hatred. Imagin -- understanding and a willingness to compromise -- why it's alomost um... er... "Christian". He's a bit naive I believe when he (Bono) thinks we can compromise with al-Qaeda. These guys are not Provisional IRA. Provisional IRA was not -- as far as I know -- recruiting suicide bombers or using its ideology to use WMD in London.

I respect him for is reasonability even if I don't always agree with my man Bono. If only public discourse was this reasonable even half the time.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Bono's faith

Here's a 2005 interview of Bono from Christianity Today music site where he gives the most explicit witness of his belief in Jesus Christ I've ever heard from him.

Also check out my colleague and friend Jeff Mooney's blog at SoCalTheologica h/t to him for the link.

Robert Spencer at Dartmouth

Here's a video of Robert Spencer speaking at Dartmouth College. Apparently Google video has blocked it since he speaks the truth on radical Islam and its fellow travelers. Any time I can circumvent corporate censorship of the truth I'm on board. Here are Spencer's websites also -- invaluable info on radical Islam and its treatment of infidels. Jihad Watch and Dhimmi Watch.

I think he does an incredible service.