An atheist teacher claims he was recently fired from his position at Middlebury Community Schools in Indiana due to his lack of religious beliefs, but school officials are arguing the 29-year-old educator was fired for his poor performance.
Teacher Kevin Pack recently filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that he was fired from his position as a German teacher at Northridge High School because he is an atheist and the school's principal, Gerald Rasler, is an evangelical Christian.
Pack told The Goshen News that expressing his atheism during the school year led to the recent termination of his work contract. The 29-year-old teacher has disputed the district's claims that he was fired due to poor work performance that included missing parent-teacher conferences, arriving at work late and leaving students unattended in the classroom. more >>
Following the release of undercover videos exposing a Planned Parenthood counselor giving sex advice to an under-age girl by telling her to experiment with BDSM (bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/ sadism and masochism) and look at porn sites, Lila Rose, president of Live Action, announced Thursday that the employee continues to work at the clinic, despite official claims that she was fired.
During a Thursday phone call to the Planned Parenthood Midtown Health Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, Rose was told that Megan, the employee who facilitated the teen sex counseling session, is still employed by the clinic.
Planned Parenthood president and CEO Betty Cockrum, however, told the IndyStar that the counselor is no longer employed at PPINK. She also insisted that the sex advice given to the 15-year-old girl "is not indicative of the type of counseling and information clients are provided." more >>
An Indiana church is taking on a new approach to reach the unchurched by cutting their worship services to only 30 minutes.
Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church in Merrillville, is launching the new service time period specifically for those who do not want to spend their Sundays sitting in a church pew, or partake in traditional ceremonial aspects of worship.
"We gather with a simple song, we have conversation with the Lord in prayer, and He speaks to us through the story of His word and in conversation between those who are gathered," Pastor Richard Boshoven said in a statement. "…We are dismissed with a blessing and retire for fellowship. If this formula proves successful, this fellowship may grow to include a sacramental component similar to the practice of the early church." more >>
A former Indiana megachurch pastor imprisoned for sexually abusing a former female student at his church's high school is attempting to overturn his prison sentence by accusing the victim of seducing him.
The former leader of a 15,000-person congregation, Jack A. Schaap, 56, who is married and has two children, has asked U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano to overturn his 12-year sentence, "due to the aggressiveness of (the girl) that inhibited impulse control."
Schapp was sentenced in 2013 for sexually abusing the victim and taking her across state lines, and is not set to be released until 2023. more >>
The University of Notre Dame has refused to give official recognition to a student group arguing that children are better off being raised by a heterosexual married couple instead of a same-sex couple.
Notre Dame's Club Coordination Council recently refused to recognize the Students for Child Oriented Policy, prompting some to claim viewpoint discrimination at the Catholic academic institution.
A federal court heard oral arguments Friday and is expected to decide on the fate of Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage next week, about a month after it granted an emergency request to require the state to recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple.
U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young reserved judgment after hearing oral arguments Friday in Evansville, Ind., on a plea that Indiana recognize the marriage of Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler, who got married in Massachusetts last year.
On April 10, Young ordered the state to temporarily acknowledge their union, but the order expires next Thursday. more >>