Ben Carson has been applauded and derided for his statement that he could not support a Muslim for U.S. president unless such a candidate denounced Sharia law.
Carson later broadened his view, stating he would not support a theocrat of any faith.
Even with that clarification, Carson could have gone further. more >>
The beginning of American law, the concepts of independence and freedom, is rooted in the belief that moral absolutes exist within a universal standard of justice independent from political rulers. The Judeo-Christian faith is not separate from but foundational to just and fair public policies that encourage human flourishing.
More than 2,000 Bible verses teach civics, providing examples of good and evil rulers, judges, and political authorities. These instructions on civics are informed by approximately 500 verses on salvation, 400 on hell, and 250 on heaven — with the overall foundation that right living best leads to a peaceful, thriving society.
Six of the Ten Commandments specifically define civil law. The western concept and definition of murder, manslaughter, theft, assault, marriage, birth, and other civil and criminal matters are defined and ascribed judicial punishment under Mosaic law. Religious freedom and self-governance are defined in the First Commandment, family governance in the Second, private property rights in the Fifth, and a fair trial with witnesses in the Sixth. more >>
In a curt response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation's demand that decals bearing the nation's motto "In God we trust" be removed from patrol vehicles, Childress Police Chief Adrian Garcia in Texas told the organization to "go fly a kite."
Garcia, who posted a copy of his response to the organization to Facebook on Monday, is now being praised as a hero after his reaction letter went viral.
"After carefully reading your letter, I must deny your request in the removal of our Nations (sic) motto from our patrol units, and ask that you and the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite," wrote Garcia in a letter to Annie Laurie Gaylor co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has backed a "God bless the military" sign at a U.S. Marine Corps base in Hawaii, pointing out that it was erected after 9/11 and is a source of comfort for Marines. An atheist group has called for its removal, however, and argued that if it stays up, similar signs praising Satan or Allah should be erected too.
"The (atheist) group says it is 'divisive.' You've got to be kidding me! But Chaplain Justin 'Chappy' Roberts is defending the sign and says it has been a source of hope and comfort for over 10 years. Fox News says in this report that, tragically, 22 veterans a day commit suicide. Pray for our military — and share this with others who will pray," Graham wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday, linking to a Fox video on the issue.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which stands up against what it sees as a breech of the separation of church and state, has been campaigning against the sign, which reads in full: "God bless the military, their families and the civilians who work with them." more >>
Mat Staver, attorney and founder of the Liberty Counsel, has claimed in an interview that Pope Francis met with and prayed with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis during his visit to Washington, D.C. last week. The Vatican has refused to confirm or deny that the meeting between the pontiff and the clerk took place.
Staver told CBS News on Tuesday night that the two briefly met on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington.
"Staver said Pope Francis spoke to Davis in English and asked her to pray for him. He said Davis, in return, asked the pope to pray for her. The pope told her to stay strong, according to her lawyer," CBS reported. more >>
Pope Francis and President Barack Obama were on opposite sides of the ongoing dispute between religious freedom and gay rights in separate remarks.
Obama said on Sunday that freedom of religion does not mean that any Americans should be denied their constitutional rights, and suggested that traditional marriage supporters need to "catch up" to the rest of the country. Pope Francis has meanwhile said that conscientious objection is a "human right," when asked about the Kim Davis case.
"We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions," Obama told members of the LGBT community on Sunday, according to CBS News. "But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn't grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights." more >>