Allegedly rebels linked to al Qaede in a village near Damascus are forcing Christians to convert to Islam. The Canadian government has spoken out against forced conversions.
The United States knowing no distinction of her own citizens on account of religion or nativity naturally believe in a civilization the world over which will secure the same universal liberal views.
– President Ulysses S. Grant
November 10, 1483: Martin Luther born in Eisleben, Germany. He was about 10 years old when Christopher Columbus sailed for the New World. While a law student he encountered a frightening thunderstorm, in fear asking St. Anne to save him and promising to become a monk. His request for church reforms contributed to the Protestant Reformation and great changes in Europe, both theologically and politically.
November 5, 1605: Guy Fawkes, a Roman Catholic, was arrested before he and his colleagues could execute their plan to blow up the Protestant King James I and Parliament. He spent eight days in the Tower of London where he was tortured. To see his signature before and after his interrogation see: ‘Here’s Guy Fawkes’ Signature Before and After He was Tortured‘.
Unless I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture or by clear reason, I cannot and will not recant anything, for it is neither safe nor honest to act against one’s conscience.
– Martin Luther, 1521
On this day, October 31, 1517: Martin Luther, Augustinian monk, nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Church door. He wanted to bring to the Pope’s attention the corruption happening in the Catholic Church and weed it out. At the time he had no intention of starting a new denomination but his action resulted eventually in the formation of Lutheran Church. He translated the Bible into German, thereby also influencing and shaping the German language.
August 17, 1915: Leo Max Frank, an American Jew was lynched in Marietta, Georgia. Many historians believe he was innocent of the murder he was lynched for. The lynching was conducted by many influential people including a former governor of Georgia, the son of a Congress member, lawyers, physicians, mayors, sheriffs and others. As a result, about half of Georgia’s Jews migrated from the state.
August 13, 1553: In Geneva, Switzerland John Calvin orders the arrest of Michael Servetus for heresy.
In Courtroom #2 of the Franklin County Courthouse the Investiture of George B. Fearing took place July 1, 2013. George has been a board member of Center for Liberty of Conscience (CLC) but resigned upon his appointment to the bench. He practiced law with the same law firm (Leavy, Schultz, Davis and Fearing, P.S., now Leavy, Schultz, Davis, Clare & Ruff, P. S of Kennewick, WA) for 30 years.
Prior to practicing law, George graduated from Walla Walla University, spent three summers interning for Tom Foley, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, one summer interning for Senator Warren Magnuson, and then attended law school at the University of Washington. He is the sixth member of his 1982 law class to be appointed to the bench in Washington State.
During his investiture many judges, colleagues and others paid tribute to George’s hard work ethic, integrity, intelligence, keen abilities as a litigator and his compassion. CLC will miss George’s contributions to CLC and wish him the best as he presides as Judge of the Court of Appeals, Division III in Spokane, Washington.
July 5, 1589: Due to their Catholic faith, George Nichols, Richard Yaxley, Thomas Belson and Humphrey Pritchard were hung in Oxford near New College.