Monday, February 20, 2012

Religious Liberty - #3670 - Beck Goes Global, Meets with Catholic Clergy and International Tea Party Leaders in Rome - The Blaze (2) Blaze Readers: Here Are Your Faith Poll Results - The Bible, Conscience Protection and More - The Blaze

The political discourse has been dominated by the religious liberty debate that continues to intensify between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration – an issue that Glenn Beck has tackled quite frequently on his radio and television programs. This weekend, The Blaze has confirmed that Beck flew from Miami to Rome, where he had meetings with prominent Catholic Church leaders. In addition to holding discussions with them about important religious freedom issues, Beck also met with individuals from various countries to discuss the creation of an international Tea Party movement. During his dialogue with Cardinals, Monsignors, Archbishops and other Catholic leaders, the popular host pledged support for the church, while also discussing ways in which members of various faith communities can join in solidarity against secular attacks against religion. As evidenced through his work, Beck has long encouraged people of all faiths to stand together — distinct and separate in their beliefs — but united in their support of everyone to practice those ideals without persecution. Additionally, Beck met with Tea Party leaders from Rome, Serbia, Milan, Germany, Austria, and London, among other localities, to begin discussing an international coalition that is being headed by FreedomWorks. Reflecting the ideals held by peace and freedom proponents in America, the persons involved discussed their goals for an integrated global effort to champion Tea Party ideals.  Read more........

Blaze Readers: Here are your Faith Poll Results - The Bible, Conscience Protection and More - The Blaze - In December, the Blaze conducted a flash poll that provided some intriguing insights regarding the demographics and political views of our readers. Last week, we unveiled another set of questions in an effort to examine readers’ views on the roles of faith and government in their lives.  Considering the religious freedom issues that continue to emerge across America — and in nations around the globe — understanding how the public sees both God and the government’s appropriate role in religious processes is paramount. With secular attacks on faith continuing to ramp up and with the Obama administration’s controversial stance on religious institutions and contraceptives, this examination is timely.  To provide a truly comprehensive recap, we’ve divided the results into two sections — “religious beliefs and practices” and “the intersection of faith and government.”  Read more.........

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