Alan J. Reinach
Alan J. Reinach is Executive Director of the Church State Council, the religious liberty educational and advocacy arm of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, representing five western states: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. His legal practice emphasizes First Amendment religious freedom cases, and religious accommodation cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related state civil rights laws. Reinach is also a Seventh-day Adventist minister who speaks regularly on religious freedom topics, and is the host of a nationally syndicated weekly radio broadcast, “Freedom’s Ring.” He is the principal author and editor of Politics and Prophecy: The Battle for Religious Liberty and the Authentic Gospel, and a frequent contributor to Libertymagazine.
We have known for more than twenty years that the free exercise of religion has been relegated to the dustbin of history as a third rate first amendment freedom. Now the Supreme Court has taught us that precious little remains sacred in this land of ours, certainly not funerals.
The U.S. Senate is dragging its feet on reauthorizing the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and by doing so, it might as well adopt a resolution condemning apple pie as un-American.
When the law over reaches, and makes everyone a criminal, no one is safe. We become helpless pawns at the mercy of the national security state.
Set aside your ideas about marriage, just for the moment, if it is even possible to avoid emotional responses to a discussion of the legal issues swirling around marriage. Regardless of your views about whether marriage should be restricted to a man and a woman, or should include same-sex couples, the announcement by the Justice Department that it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a genuinely frightening development.
It is not enough to recognize risks, to bemoan incidents of terrorism or persecution of a faith community. It is necessary for the morally sensitive to follow up sincere sentiment with action. It remains to be seen what specific actions Americans can take to make a difference, but those who care about religious freedom should cultivate a readiness to act, not just "sigh and cry."
A community response to the San Bernardino shooting.
FEMA aid to houses of worship does not require taxpayers to financially support the propagation of abhorrent religious beliefs.
Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty
Pacific Union College in Angwin, California, was up against the proverbial wall. A powerful coalition was pressing for an amendment to the Napa County...
". . . to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical.. . ....
In his book So Help Me God former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore, the "Ten Commandments judge," asks: "Can the State Acknowledge...
The legal conflict over the public display of the Ten Commandments provides a wonderful opportunity to examine the content of the commandments. Although...
For centuries Protestants have found a convenient division between the first and second tables of the ten-commandment law. Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, was the first American to associate two concepts: the separation of church and state an
fter midnight on the last day of the 2003 legislative session, the California legislature adopted a controversial measure to require religious...
A short drive down a quiet country road, incongruous by its being located between the large population centers of San Francisco and Sacramento, is the Vacaville Seventh-day Adventist Church. Actually, the church itself isn't quite finished. At present th
No Right is an Island By Alan J. Reinach Post-September 11 polls show that Americans are all too willing to trade freedom for security. But what...