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Interviews and media citations

In the news


Guns, society and the law

Bruce T. Murray discusses the recent evolution of legal interpretations of the Second Amendment in the The Mississippi Link and in the Gilmer (Texas) Mirror.

Crossing the line?

The bishop of Orlando, Fla., is advocating for two state ballot measures regarding abortion and faith-based initiatives. The bishop's activities have raised questions about IRS rules and the religious liberty. Bruce T. Murray comments on the issue in the Ocala Star Banner.

Remembering St. Patrick, JFK

Bruce T. Murray discusses the significance of John F. Kennedy in the context of Catholic-Protestant relations. The Sun, Sheridan, Oregon, March 16, 2011.

A lesson on media coverage

“Government does not respect the honor system. The public might trust their elected officials, but they still better be paying attention to them. In most cases, the best way to do that is with a trained, professional media.” — The Visalia Times-Delta, Jul 28, 2010 (This editorial also quoted Web Sage Editor Bruce T. Murray.)

The guns of Santa Barbara

Bruce T. Murray discusses recent Supreme Court decisions regarding the First and Second Amendments in the Santa Barbara Independent article, “Guns and Religion: Where and When Constitutional Rights Apply.” Also noted in the California Western School of Law's media citation page.

The year of whose Lord?

Political columnist Jeffrey Weiss explores the archaic-sounding wording, “The Year of our Lord,” that still appears on government documents (and was written in Article VII of the U.S. Constitution). In his April 25, 2010 column, Weiss asks author Bruce T. Murray to weigh in on the issue.

‘As clear as Revelations spoken in Pig Latin’

Rich Jackson of the Post-Tribune (Gary, Ind.) reacts to the recent Web Sage article, In Search of a Fixed Star: “The separation of church and state is as clear as the Book of Revelations spoken aloud in Pig Latin. But it's important that the battle over it be fought because each time there's a decision, there's a clarification, whether we agree or not.” (Column, May 19, 2010)

Celebrating religious liberty in Hammond, La.

Citing Bruce Murray's column on St. Patrick's Day, the Hammond Daily Star sums up the importance of religious liberty: “The freedom of religion is guaranteed to Americans in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. As we celebrate Irish-American heritage today, we can also celebrate the freedoms upon which our nation was founded and which make our nation great.” (Editorial, March 17, 2010)

Ozarks Almanac

Missouri writer R.D. Hohenfeldt notes the recent Web Sage newsletter, “Tracking the Culture Wars.” (Posted, May 31, 2010)

Faith-Based Initiatives on Cpedia

Cpedia, the automated encyclopedia from Cuil, notes that Religious Liberty in America chronicles the development of government and faith-based partnerships; and how such partnerships are conducted under the mandate of separation of church and state.


On the air

Jurisprudence of minutiae?

Rick Shepard of Forever Broadcasting, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, interviews Bruce T. Murray about a host of issues related to religious liberty and the First Amendment, including the divided Supreme Court decision in Allegheny v. ACLU, in which Justice Anthony Kennedy worried that the Court was falling into a “a jurisprudence of minutiae” in its consideration of Christmas displays. (April 7, 2010)

Culture Shocks

Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State interviews Bruce T. Murray about the “culture wars,” political civility, and the history of religion and politics in America. (June 23, 2010)

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