When Congress Taxed Churches: Religion & Politics in the District of Columbia After the Civil War



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Sarah Barringer Gordon presented the annual Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History Maguire Lecture titled “When Congress Taxed Churches: Religion and Politics in the District of Columbia After the Civil War.” In 1874, Congress imposed taxes on all religious property in the District of Columbia. Other jurisdictions also debated taxing churches and some did, including Missouri and California. This lecture explores why imposing taxes on all religious property in the District of Columbia seemed like a good idea to many religious and political thinkers in the 1870s, and how the backlash against them created the extraordinarily deferential system that has only increased exemptions over the past 145 years. Gordon’s talk was a culmination of four months of research in Library’s collections for her upcoming book tentatively titled “Freedom’s Holy Light: Disestablishment in America, 1776-1876.”

Speaker Biography: Sarah “Sally” Barringer Gordon held the Maguire Chair at the Library’s John W. Kluge Center in 2017 and is Arlin M. Adams professor of Congressional law and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. She is well known for her work on religion in American public life and the law of church and state, especially the ways that religious liberty developed over the course of American national history.

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The 1700-year-old underground temple belonging to the Mithras religion was reached.



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The 1700-year-old underground temple belonging to the Mithras religion was reached.

The excavations carried out at the Zerzevan Castle in the Çınar district of Diyarbakir found a 700-year-old underground temple belonging to the religion of Mithras belonging to the Roman period. Zerzevan Kalesi, which is used as a “military settlement” in the Roman Empire period, is located near Demirölçek Mahallesi, 13 kilometers from the town. Excavations are started in 2014 with the contributions of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Diyarbakir Museum, Governorate, Cinar Governorship and Dicle University.

It is located on a 60-acre area with a height of 12-15 meters and a length of 200 meters, surveillance and defense towers of 21 meters high, churches, administrative buildings, houses, grain and weapons warehouses, underground prayer rooms, shelters, rock tombs, The water cistern holds the light of the castle tarihe.

The underground temple of Mithras religion, which had lost its significance by the adoption of Christianity for 700 years, after 700 years of age, was finally reached, while underground churches, underground sanctuaries, houses and secret passages where 400 people would be located were discovered in excavations carried out for almost 4 years.

Çınar District Governor İsmail Sanli Zerzevan Castle, who examines the excavations in place, said that it is possible to see Diyarbakir and Mardin. Noting that Kalenin has been fortified with the last natural defense lines in the eastern vicinity of the city throughout history, Şanlı has conveyed that the armies that will pass to Diyarbakır must conquer it first.

Şanlı pointed out that the excavation work had been done for 4 years in the old place which is as old as Diyarbakir’s history and said “We aim to bring this historical work to the face every day. We are hosting. ”

Şanlı explained that excavation work both added light and added value to the city in serious mankind. It was the opportunity that many visitors visited during the weekends. Şanlı pointed out that the operations carried out for the region in the region continued the excavation work in this process and Şanlı used the phrase “We did not allow excavation works to shadow the terraces”. Şanlı, speaking with the support of the security forces, said that the excavations had been going on for years,

“We see here the effects of the terrorist operations in the region and the people to see themselves in peace.When terrorism is back, we will be able to strengthen the regional economy with tourism.We will save our territory and our country from terrorism. I have the opportunity to travel. ”

Head of Excavation Assistant Professor of Archeology at Dicle University (DÜ) Assist. Assoc. Dr. Aytaç Coskun said that this year’s excavations have found the Mithras temple built underground 700 years ago. Expressing that this is the only Mithras temple on the eastern border of Rome, Coskun emphasized that the temple is very important.

Coşkun pointed out that Mithras is a common mystery religion on Roman soldiers, he continued: “These religious people are made up of a closed community, because their rituals are completely hidden and they are never revealed to the outside.” Mithras represented both the sun god and the agreement We see three niches in the eastern part of the temple, a very well made water dish in one of the niches and a pool on the ground, we know that water is used very effectively in Mithras rituals and that about 40 people are participating in the rituals there. ”

Describing that the religion of Mithras had lost its influence with the arrival of Christianity, Coskun expressed that this period of religion is the most prevalent period, the arrival of the temple is the construction period of the temple. Coşkun noted that the width of the temple is 35 square meters and the height is 2.5 meters, indicating that there are usually no very large buildings to be built underneath the temples.

“The excavations at Kaleden are very important in terms of illuminating the history of the region during the Roman period, and Kalenin will have important effects on both the history of the region and tourism.” Coşkun said that there was not much deterioration in the buildings because it was located at the key point and that there was a city both underground and above the ground.

Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Cemil Alp said that thanks to the artifacts found at the end of these excavations, it was possible to obtain data about the past and said that they thought that the tourism explosion would be experienced by uncovering these works in the region.

Zerzevan Castle

Zerzevan Castle, built on a rocky hill at a height of 124 meters, is located at a strategic point between Amida and Dara on the ancient settlement route of the military settlement.

Memphis Media Icon Thaddeus Matthews, Goes H.A.M. On REligion, Pulpit Pimps & The Black Church…



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Conference: “Religion and the American-Muslim Community Post – 9/11” Part 1



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The ten years following the attacks of September 11 have profoundly affected global and domestic politics from the impact of the Bush administration-led war on global terrorism and regime change in Iraq to continued attacks by transnational and domestic terrorists. The fallout also ushered in a new era in American and European domestic policy in which established notions of freedom, security, and civil liberties have been challenged and threatened, specifically affecting the American-Muslim community. This program sought to answer such questions as: What lessons can we learn from the past decade as we embark on a new way forward? What impact has post 9/11 had on American perceptions of Islam and Muslims and on Muslim freedoms and civil liberties? How have these affected American Muslim attitudes, hopes and fears? And what can people of other faiths learn about their own practice and traditions in the wake of this tragedy?

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Overly Excited Tourist Finds Religion In Salt Lake City



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Greater Faith Deliverance Center COGIC | Religion & Spirituality in Winston Salem



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Greater Faith Deliverance Center Church of God in Christ is a ​ministry pursuing excellence by facilitating the four-fold mission to Emanicipate, Educate, Equip, and Empower the body of Christ. Together, with Pastor John C. McClurkin and First Lady Janice McClurkin we are a family oriented ministry focusing on our love for Jesus Christ and praising his word. We offer powerful Sunday morning service as well as dynamic Bible study in addition to our many ministries and special sermons. Visit us online to learn more about our Church. We look forward to worshiping with you soon. Visit our profile page to learn more!

Wilshire Boulevard: A Tour of Religion in Los Angeles



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Wilshire Boulevard was designed to be the grand boulevard of Los Angeles. Major religions established congregations along the street, just outside of Downtown Los Angeles. The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture toured the Wilshire Boulevard corridor with students to look at how historic institutions are adapting in today’s world.

The video captures tour stops at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, the Islamic Center of Southern California, Joohyang Presbyterian Church, Wilshire Boulevard Temple and Immanuel Presbyterian Church. These congregations each provide a unique perspective on religion in Los Angeles today.

This video is part of CRCC’s “Reimagining Religion: Stories of Religious Creativity in L.A.” series, part of the Religious Competition and Creative Innovation project. The project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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Johnny Cash – Give Me That Old Time Religion



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Johnny Cash sings ‘Give me that old time religion’ along with other groups such as The Statler Brothers, The Carter Family, The Oakridge Boys, Mahalia Jackson, Carl Perkins, the Tennessee Three and many more including special guest star Billy Graham, The Blackwood Brothers and Stuart Hamblen.

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One World Religion



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Religion Does Not Want You to Study | Ginger – KY | Atheist Experience 22.10



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The Atheist Experience episode 22.10 for March 18, 2018, with Tracie Harris and David Fitzgerald.

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#6 Hermeneutics: The Core of Babylonian Religion (Pastor Charles Lawson)



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