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2007 News Archives

December 30, 2007

Religious Freedom Goes to Court

Our national commitment to religious freedom is undergoing serious scrutiny in both the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court this year. As I write, the Church State Council is filing a friend-of-the-court brief in a case in which doctors refused to provide certain family planning services to a lesbian couple on religious conscience grounds. READ MORE

December 30, 2007

The Third Angel's Message Goes to Talk Radio

When Time magazine’s special Easter issue ran a cover story about teaching the Bible in public schools, NARLA West president Alan Reinach knew he had to send out a press release and talk about it on the radio. Reinach has been actively doing talk radio appearances for several years. Even before he sent out the release, the phone rang twice. First, he was invited to appear on the Steve Gallimore show that is broadcast on both Lifetalk Radio, and also on the Hope Channel, thus going round the world. The second call was from his PR firm, asking for an updated press release. It seemed God was confirming that this was an opportunity that should not be missed. READ MORE

September 26, 2007

Religious Discrimination Litigation Report

The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will hear arguments today in a case of religious discrimination by UPS against Todd Sturgill, a former driver who won a jury verdict of $311,166.75 last June after trial in Federal District Court in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sturgill had been a driver for UPS for nineteen years when he joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and faced the company’s refusal to provide a religious accommodation. He was fired in December of 2004. READ MORE

July 19, 2007

KASK Radio 91.5 FM Begins Broadcast in Vacaville, California

This morning, Thursday July 19, 2007 at 8:25 a.m., Pacific time, KASK, 91.5 FM began broadcast from studios in Vacaville, California, on site at the Vacaville Seventh-day Adventist Church. This brings to an end a lengthy ten year struggle with local government for permission to broadcast from church premises. Bob Michaels, Vacaville Church member, and board member of Maranatha Broadcasting, Inc., the organization that has pursued this station these past ten years, reported that the first program aired was a religious liberty broadcast, Freedom’s Ring. [You can listen to Freedom’s Ring at: www.churchstate.org] READ MORE

May 17, 2007

5-17-07 - Senator Kerry Pushes for Religious Tolerance, Better Care of Environment

On a night dedicated to recognizing and upholding religious freedom for all, key speaker and United States Senator John Kerry rallied behind a bill designed to protect the rights of people of faith, including Sabbath-keepers, in the workplace. Kerry spoke to a room of 200 guests at the fifth annual religious liberty dinner staged in the historic Caucus Room located in the Russell Senate office building on Thursday, May 17. READ MORE

May 16, 2007

NARLA West Board Plans to Increase Awareness of Liberty Issues

LOS ANGELES, CA – The NARLA-West Board (which covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah) met to develop plans to increase public awareness of the message of religious liberty, and to find new ways to protect the freedom of all. READ MORE

April 12, 2007

Bible in Public Schools?

Religion sells magazines. So every major holiday, Christmas and Easter especially, newsmagazines feature Jesus or church on the cover. This Easter, Time Magazine ran a story about teaching the Bible in public schools. Americans are biblically illiterate, Time reported, according to a Gallup poll. Only about half of adult Americans can name even one of the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Hence, the pressure is building for the academic study of the Bible as an elective course in public high schools. Is this a good idea? The short answer is "yes, but." READ MORE

March 31, 2007

New Congress Aims to Protect People of Faith in the Workplace

The Workplace Religious Freedom Act, H.R. 1431, was introduced into Congress on March 9th by Congresswoman McCarthy (D-NY) and Congressman Souder (R-IN). In what has become a rare occurrence at the intersection of religion and politics, the bill enjoys broad bipartisan support -- with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans joining as original cosponsors. A version of the bill will soon be introduced in the Senate and is expected to be an equally bipartisan effort. The bill aims to stem the growing tide of intolerance to people of faith in the American workplace. READ MORE

March 30, 2007

Freedom at Work Still Under Fire

Just a few days ago, Jason joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church through an evangelistic series. In his mid-20s, he has been married two years, and he and his wife have a newborn baby. His wife is glad that he is taking his spiritual life a bit more seriously, but ultimately thinks he is going through a "crazy phase" that will come to a screeching halt in a few months when he moves onto the next big thing. READ MORE

March 6, 2007

California Supreme Court Approves Inclusion of Religious Schools

In a 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court held that Azusa Pacific University, California Baptist University and Oaks Christian School may participate in the issuance of tax exempt development bonds, and that this did not violate either the state or Federal constitution's prohibition on giving financial aid to religion. The bonds are intended to finance the construction of classrooms, dorms, athletic facilities and administrative offices. READ MORE

January 24, 2007

A Voice on the Hill: NARLA and the New Congress

IN THE 200-YEAR HISTORY OF THE SWINGS of political power in American democracy, the 2006 election will go down as one of the more dramatic. In one fell swoop American voters transferred power from Republicans to Democrats in both houses of Congress. READ MORE

January 24, 2007

1-24-07: Solano County Board Grants Permission for Radio Ministry

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA - After ten years of litigation, the Solano County Board of Supervisors yesterday voted unanimously to approve the modification of a use permit for the Vacaville Seventh-day Adventist Church, granting permission to locate its radio ministry on church property. This clears the way for the radio ministry to begin broadcasting gospel programming within weeks. READ MORE

January 22, 2007

1-22-07 - Solano County Board of Supervisors to Reconsider Radio Ministry

On Tuesday, January 23, 2007, the Solano County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9:00 a.m., to hear motions on whether to overturn its previous decision to reject the Vacaville Seventh-day Adventist Church’s bid to locate its radio ministry KASK on church property. READ MORE

January 22, 2007

1-22-07 - Call for Prayer for Radio Ministry

On Tuesday, January 23, 2007, the Solano County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9:00 a.m., to hear motions on whether to overturn its previous decision to reject the Vacaville Seventh-day Adventist Church’s bid to locate its radio ministry KASK on church property. READ MORE