Link Roundup: corporations and conscience, preaching for Mitt, and more

As challenges to the new contraceptive coverage mandate wend their way through the court system, a judge has ruled that requiring a for-profit company to provide insurance coverage of contraceptives does not substantially burden the company’s owner’s ability to practice his religion.

And as predicted, hundreds of pastors took to the pulpit to defy the IRS by endorsing political candidates. AU continues to urge the IRS to respond.

Away from the pulpit, conservative pastors who claim to be “nonpartisan” continue to insist that Christians have to vote …

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Pulpit Freedom Sunday encourages pastors to defy IRS

Tax law makes it illegal for pastors and other representatives of tax-exempt religious organizations to endorse political candidates, right? The Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund), a conservative Christian legal organization, says otherwise – and they’re pushing pastors to break the law.

Tomorrow is “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” and the ADF is recruiting Christian ministers to spread partisan political messages during their church services and sermons, in defiance of tax law. The ADF is associated with extremely conservative Christian groups and works on causes such …

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Link roundup: conservative Christian prayer efforts ramp up

As Election Day approaches, conservative Christian groups are mounting a wide array of prayer initiatives. Several of them started last week and intend to pray for 40 days (depending on how they count the days) until the election.

Most of these initiatives are presenting their message primarily in religious terms, not partisan ones. There’s also a lot less direct language of spiritual warfare than we saw in the DC 40 campaign. The favorite language here is about “solemn assemblies” and “crying out to God.”

While there’s some …

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Responding to Violence

Tomorrow is the holiday of Eid ul-Fitr celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.  On this day, Muslims throughout the world will pray and celebrate as they, collectively, break the fast that is the most recognized practice of Ramadan.  This year, though, the holiday has been marred by fear of potential violence.

Lost in the national coverage of November’s election, the Olympics, and the mass shootings that took place in Colorado, Wisconsin, and most recently in Texas, is a series …

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Shorter version of Peter Wagner: We honor you so much we want to convert you.

C. Peter Wagner, a founder of the New Apostolic Reformation, was interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday. Since Rachel Tabachnik had just been on Fresh Air and did a great job of explaining what the NAR is and why she and others are concerned about its intentions, I expected this to be an attempt at damage control. It was not a very successful one. Wagner tried to “spin” some of the conversation by shifting his vocabulary to the newer, less-inflammatory terms the NAR is trying …

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Fred Clark: Establishment and Free Exercise mutually supportive

Fred Clark, a Christian blogger famous for his deconstructions of the Left Behind series, has written some insightful posts over the years on the topic of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. He argues from a historically Baptist position why strict separation of church and state benefits – and is in fact necessary for – religion.

In Establishment, Fred explains why some religious people see a tension between the Establishment clause and the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious …

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DC 40 Releases First Part of Prayer Guide

Although James Nesbit, director of DC 40, spent as much space in his newsletter yesterday addressing Pagans as he did writing to his own followers, he also announced the release of the first part of the DC 40 prayer guide, which demonstrates the initiative’s commitment to the principles of Christian Dominionism.

The guide is entitled Declaration of Dependence: How To Heal Our Nation Through Prayer and written by Dr. Marlene McMillan. It is also being released as a book, but the PDF “sneak peek” on the …

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A Charm for Religious Liberty

A Charm for Religious Liberty

By Ian Corrigan

This is a voice of the people, the people of the United States of America.

In the United States, let no god be master, and let all be free.

Let this be the voice of the Wise, for wisdom is my prayer.

In the United States, let no god be master, and let all be free.

Let the wisdom of the founders bring freedom.

In the United States, let no god be master, and let all be free.

Let the freedom in our spirits be …

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Spirit of Aloha Ritual

This ritual is shared by kind permission of Ka Wahine Ahi. Between now and the beginning of October, Hail Columbia will be collecting resources to honor Columbia and support religious liberty in the US. Since Hawai’i is the first state that DC 40 will be calling on, this is an appropriate way to start!

Spirit of Aloha Ritual for Protection

Do this ritual every night from 10/1/11 – 11/12/11.  Allow the candles to burn for as long as you’d like.

Ritual items:   black 3-wick candle
red pillar candle
pink pillar …

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September 11th: Still struggling for religious liberty

On this anniversary, I am more convinced than ever that one of the core meanings of September 11th in my life is the importance of religious liberty for all people.

The attacks of September 11th were not motivated by religion per se; their roots were deep and old and twisted, more complex than I can begin to address here. But in my own country, one of the things I have seen growing out of those terrible events is an increasing intolerance in response, a more motivated, …

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