Talking About Freedom

A continuing conversation concerning freedom of religion and church-state issues. Hosted by the General Counsel's Office of the Columbia Union Conference.  To listen now, choose a podcast from the list below or go to the iTunes Music Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-about-freedom/id688852698.

 



June 30, 2014: Amireh Al-Haddad, guest speaker
Episode 19: The director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University describes the nature of its research, evaluates the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, and assesses the plight of Christians in the Middle East and Asia.

June 23, 2014: Thomas Farr, guest speaker
Episode 18: The director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University describes the nature of its research, evaluates the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, and assesses the plight of Christians in the Middle East and Asia.

May 21, 2014: Melissa Reid, guest speaker
Episode 17:  The Associate Editor of LIBERTY shares her passion for the Magazine, for the North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA), and for liberty promotion at the level of the local church.

May 14, 2014: Greg Hamilton, guest speaker
Episode 16: Our church’s religious liberty director in the Pacific Northwest describes an important organization, the Northwest Religious Liberty Association, and tells how and why the state of Oregon adopted a workplace Religious Freedom Act.

April 22, 2014: Hollyn Hollman, guest speaker
Episode 15: The General Counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee discusses the issue of whether private for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby possess Free Exercise rights that can trump a generally applicable mandate of the government.

April 9, 2014: Michael Peabody, guest speaker
Episode 14: Attorney Michael Peabody, editor of the ReligiousLiberty TV website, discusses religious liberty in the context of same-sex marriage and the claims of for-profit corporations to deny certain kinds of insurance to their employees.

March 19, 2014: Don Byrd, guest speaker
Episode 13:  Don Byrd, a musician who avidly blogs about religious liberty, names what he regards as the most important stories of 2013 and makes predictions for 2014, especially in regard to claims that might be made against nondiscrimination laws and also the controversial claim of for-profit corporations to enjoy Free Exercise rights.

February 18, 2014: Louis Whitsett, guest speaker
Episode 12: Mr. Louis Whitsett, a trial attorney and litigator in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, describes Title VII as it applies to workplace discrimination and then reviews an actual “Sabbath” case that he settled out of court involving the city of Birmingham, Alabama.

February 3, 2014: David Trim, guest speaker
Episode 11: Dr. David Trim, archivist of the General Conference, discusses his role in the celebration of our church’s 150th anniversary and describes how his own research on the European wars of religion enriches his understanding of religious liberty and of the American Founders.

January 21, 2014: Rob Boston, guest speaker
Episode 10: A long-time journalist for Americans United describes Church and State magazine and his organization’s defense of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment—especially its current opposition to the inclusion of formal prayers in the meetings of the Greece, New York, city council.

January 6, 2014: J. Brent Walker, guest speaker
Episode 9: The executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee describes the preeminent colonial Baptist, Roger Williams, and then turns to a crucial federal statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. He then assesses the inclusion of prayers in city council sessions and in the public schools.

December 23, 2013: Mikhail Kulakov, guest speaker
Episode 8: A much beloved Adventist professor discusses the translation of the Bible into the Russian language that he is coordinating, and describes the improved status of religious liberty and church-state separation in the former the Soviet Union.

December 9, 2013: Lincoln Steed, guest speaker
Episode 7: The editor of LIBERTY describes how his award-winning and highly subscribed journal brings the cause of religious freedom to the attention of thought leaders in the U.S. and abroad.

November 25, 2013: Tom Wetmore, guest speaker
Episode 6: A Commission on Church Accountability is advising Congress to modify the tax code permitting clergy to endorse political candidates and causes from the pulpit without risking penalties from government.

November 11, 2013: Kyle Duncan, guest speaker
Episode 5: Owners of a for-profit corporation, Hobby Lobby, successfully asserted a "free exercise" right to set faith-based standards for their employees.  The case now goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 28, 2013: Charles Haynes, guest speaker
Episode 4: Contrary to a very persistent mythology, God has not been "expelled" from America's public schools by the religion clauses of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

October 14, 2013: Michael Myerson, guest speaker
Episode 3: The author of a new and noteworthy book, Endowed By Our Creator, recounts the origins of religious liberty in the founding era of our nation with special reference to the Virginia statesmen and Baptist ministers who repudiated established religion.

September 30, 2013: John Graz, guest speaker
Episode 2: Religious liberty is stronger at home than abroad.  Around the world Christianity is suppressed and Christians are persecuted, and this is one of the realities that Adventists highlight in regional and international countries.

September 16, 2013: Alan Reinach, guest speaker
Episode 1, Part 2: Continuing the conversation about the miraculous achievement of radio broadcast rights for a local Adventist church in California and the church's successful battle against local zoning regulations.

September 3, 2013: Alan Reinach, guest speaker
Episode 1, Part 1: The miraculous achievement of radio broadcast rights for a local Adventist church in California and the church's successful battle against local zoning regulations.