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2006 News Archives

December 20, 2006

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

There is an inspiring story behind the words to "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" penned by one of America's favorite poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow achieved early success as a professor of English, but life became difficult when he lost his first wife in a house fire, and some years later a second wife, with whom he had 5 children. His faith was tested almost to the breaking point when his beloved country fell into the Civil War. READ MORE

November 7, 2006

11-7-06: Quebec Says Private Schools Must Teach Evolution or Close

Quebec's education ministry has warned private, unlicensed evangelical schools in the province they must teach Darwin's theory of evolution and sex education or face closure. READ MORE

October 31, 2006

10-31-06: United Kingdom: Discrimination, The Law and The Christian

Christians are not free from discrimination and they should be prepared to withstand it, said Richard O'Dair, an employment and discrimination law specialist, at a recent meeting of Christian business professionals. O'Dair contributed to a breakfast panel of five discussing, "Discrimination: How Should We Fight It? Is Litigation the Answer?" The meeting was held at The Law Society's Hall, Chancery Lane, in London. READ MORE

October 18, 2006

Iraq: Christians Fleeing Country in War's Wake

Civil unrest in Iraq--home to the cities of Nineveh, ancient Babylon, Ur of the Chaldees, and even the Biblical Garden of Eden--is taking a toll on the already-small Christian community. Many who can leave the country, including Seventh-day Adventist Christians, are continuing to do so in the face of daily terrorism. READ MORE

October 18, 2006

Book Review: Tempting Faith by David Kuo

Some Christians are pretty ticked off at former White House official David Kuo right now for what he has written in his new book, Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction . If his book causes more Christians to reevaluate the hard-wiring of faith into partisan politics, however, it will have done a great service to the Gospel. READ MORE

October 3, 2006

10-03-06: Adventists Reaffirm Commitment to Religious Liberty - 25th Anniversary of UN Declaration

This week, representatives of the United Nations' (U.N.) Non-Governmental Organizations, among them Seventh-day Adventist delegates, are expected to hold a conference marking the 25th anniversary of the 1981 "Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief," reaffirming the organization's commitment to religious liberty and human dignity around the world. READ MORE

September 15, 2006

9-15-06 - Mexico: Government Leader Says Religious Liberty Thriving

Fourteen years after the nation allowed open registration for various religious communities, Mexico's freedom of religion is strong and growing, a national official told leaders at the Seventh-day Adventist world church headquarters September 13. READ MORE

September 13, 2006

NARLA Calls on Congress to Address Workplace Religious Discrimination

“The most pressing issue in the labor force today is the penchant of some employers to demote, demean and dismiss employees in retaliation for employee’s unwillingness to compromise their religious principles,” states James Standish, Executive Director of the North American Religious Liberty Association. Standish co-chairs a coalition of 45 religious organizations pushing for the passage of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (S. 677, H.R. 1445). READ MORE

June 27, 2006

6/27/06: Brazil: Religious Liberty Event Draws 32,000

On a warm Saturday afternoon, 32,000 "Paulistanos," as residents of this 10.9 million population city are known, assembled for an important purpose: to learn about and promote religious freedom. Although the crowd was far greater than the Ibirapuera Gymnasium could hold, some judicious arrangements allowed almost everyone to hear part of the event. READ MORE

June 19, 2006

6/19/06: Nepal: Adventists Welcome Secular State Declaration

Seventh-day Adventists in the Himalayan nation of Nepal are among those welcoming a recent series of reforms, including the designation of the country as a "secular" state. Previously, Hinduism had been the religion of Nepal. READ MORE

June 19, 2006

6/19/06: Saudi Arabia: Arrested: four Christians found praying at home

All the Christians come from eastern African. The arrest was carried out by the muttawa during a prayer service in a private residence. READ MORE

May 19, 2006

5/19/06: Uzbekistan: Government Reportedly Closes Samarqand Adventist Church

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Samarqand (also known as Samarkand) has been closed by the Uzbekistan government, external media reports indicate. READ MORE

May 6, 2006

Sen. John McCain Tells Adventists America's Leadership Tied To Its Moral Standing

"America truly is not like past superpowers, countries who sought territorial gain or imperial dominion," United States Senator John McCain of Arizona told attendees at a dinner sponsored by the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA), Liberty magazine and the North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA), three religious freedom outreaches sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. READ MORE

May 5, 2006

May 5, 2006 - McCain Keynote Address / NARLA-West Lobbies Congress in Support of WRFA

Arizona Senator and potential presidential candidate, John McCain, praised the Seventh-day Adventist Church for its commitment to defending religious liberty for people of all faiths, at a banquet May 4 sponsored by several Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty organizations. Plans are also being made to send a NARLA delegation to the International Religious Liberty Association Quinquennial World Congress in Capetown, South Africa, in February, 2007. READ MORE

May 5, 2006

NARLA NEWS: James Standish Reports on Capitol Hill Events

On Thursday morning, John Graz, the head of the Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty work represented all of us at the prayer breakfast held in the East Room of the White House. President Bush, along with a number of members of the cabinet, were in attendance. That same morning across town on Capitol Hill, NARLA members from all over the United States and Canada convened to get the latest developments and training on how to interact with their Members of Congress. READ MORE

May 4, 2006

Senator John McCain Addresses Annual Seventh-day Adventist Religious Liberty Dinner

On May 4, 2006, U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gave the keynote address at the Seventh Day Adventist Annual Religious Liberty Dinner. The following is a transcript of his remarks: “Thank you for your welcome and for your kind invitation to give this year’s Liberty Dinner address. It is an honor to speak before a group that has worked so hard to promote human rights and religious freedom. READ MORE

April 26, 2006

IRS Releases Report on Political Activity in Churches

The Internal Revenue Service has released a report outlining the activities of churches are tax-exempt under 501(c)(3). This underscores the need for churches that receive tax-exempt status to be particularly careful to avoid endorsing particular candidates. READ MORE

April 18, 2006

Iraq: Car Bomber Targets Baghdad Church; Christians Protest Attacks

The Baghdad Seventh-day Adventist Church has been targeted by a car bomb for the second time in two years, injuring an armed guard, one of two permanently stationed to protect the church compound. READ MORE

April 11, 2006

UN Commission on Human Rights Closes Down

Geneva, Switzerland… The United Nations Commission on Human Rights concluded its work today, March 27, in a final session that reviewed its sixty year history. READ MORE

April 11, 2006

UN Expert on Religious Freedom Calls for Greater Support

Geneva, Switzerland… In an April 6 meeting with non-government organizations, United Nations special rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief Asma Jahangir called for greater support of the fundamental liberties of conscience. READ MORE

April 4, 2006

Adventist Leaders Meet with President Bush, Discuss Workplace Religious Freedom

Religious liberty and humanitarian concerns were the highlights of an April 4 meeting between leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and President George W. Bush of the United States. READ MORE

April 4, 2006

The Ten Commandments Commission: Where do Seventh-day Adventists Stand?

With recent public and legal controversies over the place of the Ten Commandments in public places, and on government property, the Christian community is rediscovering and placing new emphasis on the importance of God’s law for recovering the moral foundation of American life. Seventh-day Adventists encourage all who seek to honor God’s law, and to turn attention to the importance of obedience to God. READ MORE

March 27, 2006

Adventist Women Advocate Gender Equality at United Nations

New York, New York, United States ....Five Seventh-day Adventist women added their voices to thousands of other women in calling for drastic improvements in the lives of women worldwide at the United Nations' 50th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women. READ MORE

February 28, 2006

May 6, 2006 Designated "Written in the Heart" Day

As Christians throughout the nation are poised to celebrate the Ten Commandments on Sunday, May 7th, on the heels of several years of public controversy over displaying the Ten Commandments. The North American Religious Liberty Association, in conjunction with Liberty magazine and the Pacific Union Conference Department of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty are urging Seventh-day Adventist churches to celebrate "Written In The Heart" day, on May 6th. READ MORE

January 22, 2006

1-22-06 - The Reporter - Supes to revisit radio station plan

Years of wrangling between the county and a church that wants to broadcast from its rural Vacaville campus will continue Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors meets. READ MORE

June 30, 2004

6/30/06: Federal Court Rules For Sabbath-keeping Worker

A United States federal district court in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has ruled for a Seventh-day Adventist who sought accommodation for his Sabbath-keeping beliefs. The worker was awarded U.S. $311,166.75 in lost wages and punitive damages. READ MORE