Freedom of Religion Tag

05 Jan 2009 Petition against Apostasy Laws

From the Barnabus Fund"We call on our national government to support all efforts by Muslims to have the apostasy law abolished, so that Muslims who choose to leave their faith are no longer liable to any penalty but are free to follow their new convictions without fear, in accordance with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights." Click here to sign the petition and click here for more information about the facts and motivation behind it....

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26 Nov 2008 Street Church Faces More Harassment in Calgary

For Immediate Release - Wednesday, November 20, 2008 - Street Church CALGARY BYLAW OFFICER PHYSICALLY ATTACKS CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEER - CITY POLICE IGNORE EYE WITNESS TESTIMONY ASSUMING BIAS Yesterday, November 19, a Christian volunteer was punched in the face by a representative of the City of Calgary. The representative, a City of Calgary bylaw officer, is the same individual who has, week after week, issued various kinds of tickets including parking tickets to Street Church Ministries while at the same time ignoring other citizens engaged in similar activities right next to them. This most recent violent attack on a Street Church volunteer is only one of a great many examples of targeted bias against the efforts of the ministry. There have been illegal confiscations of property without warrants, denial of common rights to freely assemble, to expression, and even specific denial of rights to freedom of religion, including an arrest merely for reading from the Bible in a public park, and seizing of bibles and Christian materials from a peaceful vigil.
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25 Nov 2008 Saskatchewan government sued over same-sex marriage rites

Canwest News Service, November 25, 2008: SASKATOON -- Two law firms are suing the Saskatchewan government over the issue of marriage commissioners being required to perform same-sex marriages. The claimant in the case is Orville Nichols, who was found guilty in May of violating the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code for not performing a same-sex marriage three years ago. The couple involved, identified by tribunal order only as M.J. and B.R., was later married by another commissioner. Keep reading this story from tha National Post here. ...

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08 Sep 2008 Ban on Political Endorsements by Pastors Targeted

By Peter Slevin, Washington Post - Monday, September 8, 2008; Page A03 CHICAGO -- Declaring that clergy have a constitutional right to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, the socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is recruiting several dozen pastors to do just that on Sept. 28, in defiance of Internal Revenue Service rules. The effort by the Arizona-based legal consortium is designed to trigger an IRS investigation that ADF lawyers would then challenge in federal court. The ultimate goal is to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court...

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12 Aug 2008 Bush Reminds Beijing of Freedom’s Gold Standard

August 11, 2008 - from the Family Research CouncilSince the Opening Ceremonies, America's First Family has been a prominent fixture at the Beijing Games. Apart from the athletic competition itself, one of the most talked-about events was the President's symbolic appearance on Sunday morning at a Christian church service, where he and Laura applied even more pressure on the Chinese government to stop its brutal oppression of people of faith. Although the President has taken a lot heat for his presence at the Games, he has used every opportunity to encourage his hosts to welcome the role of religion in public life. In an interview last night with Bob Costas on NBC, President Bush spoke candidly about his desired outcome of the Beijing Games:
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23 Jul 2008 EFC’s Report on Religious Freedom in China

BROKEN PROMISES: The Protestant Experience with Religious Freedom in China in Advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympic GamesWith the Olympics coming up soon, the EFC has prepared a special report about persecution in China's protestant churches. Here is a quote from the report. Read the full report here. "Unfortunately, behind the buzz of the Olympic-ready nation lie unacceptable incidents of persecution, torture and death. The Communist Party of China (CPC) has worked tirelessly to subdue any perceived form of criticism that may damage the image they have worked hard to...

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02 Jul 2008 Edmonton Church must obtain official consent to teach Bible?

By Stephen Boissoin [from www.freedominion.com] Click here for more information on Pastor Boissoin, including how you can support his appeal Last week I received an email through my website from a concerned US citizen. This individual and her husband have been invited to facilitate at a seminar that is being hosted by an Edmonton church...IN THE CHURCH. The US couple was concerned about their freedoms here in Canada because they're offering a teaching on Biblical sexuality that is based in the Song of Solomon and does address homosexuality as sin. They were thinking about cancelling due to risk of prosecution. I encouraged them to keep it in the church and they should be ok. The couple decided to contact the Alberta Human Rights Commission and below you can read the phone log of the conversation with Ralph Roman an officer of the AHRC.
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05 Jun 2008 CALGARY CITY POLICE SEIZE BIBLES: REPEATED ABUSES BY POLICE AND BI-LAW OFFICERS WASTE TAX DOLLARS

For Immediate Release - Sunday, June 2, 2008 - Concerned Christians Canada (www.concernedchristians.ca) (Calgary) This week at City Hall another unprecedented show of police force for a peaceful gathering was demonstrated when twenty officers, police and bi-law, stormed a peaceful vigil on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Officers confiscated Bibles, Christian books, and pictures of Calgary's homeless, as well as photos that were displayed to demonstrate parallels between the authoritarian tyranny the Jews underwent, in World War II, and the systematic stripping of rights occurring in Calgary and in other parts of Canada, today.
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20 May 2008 Quebec Mayor Vows to Continue Prayer Despite Human Rights Commission Order

By Hilary White SAGUENAY, QUEBEC, May 16, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Yesterday it was reported that the city of Saguenay, Quebec, has been ordered by the Quebec Human Rights Commission to cease offering prayers at city hall. Today, however, the city’s mayor has responded defiantly saying that the prayers would remain a part of the town meetings. He said the decision of the Commission was non-binding and added that the decision was itself discriminatory against people who want to pray. “They think this contravenes human rights, I agree ... some 20 people around the table want to pray and to prevent them from doing so would infringe on their rights,” Mr. Tremblay said.
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