Glossary of Terms

1st Amendment to the United States Constitution is the right to practice religion of one’s choice or to be a non-believer without government intervention. This amendment preserves freedom of religion by partitioning the domains of the church and the state. Intervention of either domain into the other effectively removes the partition that separates church and state.

Coercion:  an act of force or duress by which one party imposes its ideas, beliefs, values, mores or standards on another and with consequences such as polarization, labeling, marginalization, sanctions, profiling  or penalties .  Coercion through economic, political, social, religious noble intentions may manifest itself through legislation, ordinances, protocols and regulations by design for the common good such as national security or by neglect and oversight which have the same effect to diminish and erode an individual’s God given natural rights.

Dominionism:  a term used to describe politically active conservative Christians that are believed to conspire and seek influence or control over secular civil government through political action, especially in the United States, with the goal of either a nation governed by Christians, or a nation governed by a conservative Christian understanding of biblical law.  See Wikipedia:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominionism.

Freedom Classroom 2012:

is an educational pilot project sponsored by the Pacific Union Conference’s North American Religious Liberty Association West (NARLA West) and Educational Departments who have engaged the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) of La Sierra University’s Schoolof Businessto jointly develop this project.  It will be taught in and around the historical WashingtonD.C.area for Essay Contest winners June 6 through 13, 2012.

The Freedom Classroom experience is geared to educate students how to make a difference through insightful query, intelligent discussion that respects conscientious convictions, and the application of freedom of conscience principles to current contemporary issues from an Adventist Christian perspective.

The foundation for these communication skill sets and values are introduced to the students in the their academy U.S. Government, U.S. History and Senior Bible classrooms where they learn how to be citizens that make a difference through education, advocacy and application of freedom of conscience principles to contemporary issues and how to integrate Bill of Rights as part of the Adventist Church’s proclamation of the Three Angels’ Gospel Message.

A Freedom Medallion will be awarded to each Freedom Classroom graduate at the prestigious North American Division’s NARLA Awards banquet where individuals who are proactive on the world’s stage receive recognition for their freedom of conscience and religion contributions.

Freedom of Conscience:  the freedom to think and to act according to the dictates of your own conscience; to hold independent thoughts and beliefs without coercion.

Freedom of Religion or Religious Liberty:  the right guaranteed by the 1st amendment to practice religion of one’s choice or to be a non-believer without government intervention.

NARLA: The North American Religious Liberty Association is the Seventh-day Adventist church’s member-driven organization dedicated to promoting liberty of conscience and freedom of religion, and combating religious intolerance at the local, state and national levels.

Pluralism:  (social sciences) A social system based on mutual respect for each other’s cultures among various groups that make up a society, wherein subordinate groups do not have to forsake their lifestyle and traditions but, rather, can express their culture and participate in the larger society free of prejudice.   See Wikipedia:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/pluralism.  This nation was built on pluralism as evidenced by the distinctly diverse religious and non-religious colonies which desired freedom to think and to act according to the dictates of conscience.

Red & Blue States:  A type of polarization exists today in the form of Red and Blue states (Conservative and Progressive parties). Red states represent those states with more conservative thinking and Blue states those with more liberal thinking.

In many of the Red states there may be a strong constituency of people known as Christocrats. Christocrats link religion and state with their moral agenda. The following is representative of much of the thinking in the Conservative party:  Pro- Life, (no abortion) America is a Christian nation (Separation of Church and State is a myth), no stem cell research, elimination of Roe v Wade, the teaching of intelligent design, accept vouchers (public money) for private schools, Biblical inerrancy, Family values, the union of conservative politics and conservative religion, permanent control over major political, cultural, educational, medical and legal institutions, pro gun and 2nd amendment rights and no new taxes to solve the debt crisis.

The Blue states in general there is support for the Separation of Church and State, gun control, minimum wage laws, clean water, endangered species legislation, the maintenance of social security and social/medical programs, legal abortion (Roe v Wade), public education, the teaching of evolution, and Pluralism, strong support for the Unions, movement in the direction of a strong social agenda providing European style social benefits for all and more taxes for those who earn over $250,000.


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