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Free to Serve: Protecting the Religious Freedom of Faith-Based Organizations

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What do Hobby Lobby, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Wheaton College, World Vision, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the University of Notre Dame have in common? All are faith-based organizations that have faced pressure to act contrary to their religious beliefs. In this book, two policy experts show how faith-based groups—those active in the educational, healthcare ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Brazos Press (first published October 6th 2015)
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Amy
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A solid, introductory look at religious organizations (both for- and non-profit) within the United States and the increasing legal challenges they face. I have spent the past three weeks obsessively reading religious freedom cases so I was looking for something a little more specific and technical. However, this was a good overview of the arguments for religious liberty and how recent rulings have hampered that liberty.
It is a tad repetitive at times. (I do not think the authors expected someon
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George P.
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stephen V. Monsma and Stanley W. Carlson-Thies, Free to Serve: Protection the Religious Freedom of Faith-Based Organizations (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2015). Paperback | Kindle

[Author's Note: This review originally appeared at InfluenceMagazine.com.]

James 1:27 offers this memorable definition: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” For James, then
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Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, justice, politics
In June of 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision that Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco did not violate the First Amendment when it de-recognized the campus chapter of the Christian Legal Society for its policy of requiring leaders and voting members of the group to affirm orthodox Christian beliefs and practices, including a prohibition on “sexual conduct outside of marriage between a man and a woman.”

Since that ruling, Christian student groups across the country have fa
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Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Argument for Equality of Faith-Based Social Groups and Service Agencies

These two authors review the social and legal attitudes and rulings in recent years to compare student organizations on university campuses and non-profit service agencies to contrast the treatment of religious and non-religious, which has resulted in a growing discrimination against organizations with a faith-based mission or foundation.

They present campus and court decisions that have treated faith-based organizations in
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Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book helpfully introduces the current issues in religious freedom from a religious perspective. It explains why, beyond the inflammatory headlines and chyrons of Fox and CNN, religious freedom matters to religious people (of all faiths), and why the constitutional right truly does face opposition today. One of the biggest problems today is that freedom of religion (the freedom to live one's life according to the dictates of one's conscience) gets conflated with freedom of worship/assembly ( ...more
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Stephen V. Monsma (PhD, Michigan State University) is a senior research fellow at the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and professor emeritus of political science at Pepperdine University. He is also a fellow at the Center for Public Justice. He served in the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate from 1974–1982, ...more

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