An Indiana Senate Education Committee chairman has said that he will not be pushing to introduce creationism in public schools, but is changing his strategy by writing up a proposal to allow students to ask more questions of their teachers on various subjects – including evolution.
"I would refer to it as truth in education, so students could question what teachers are teaching them and try to make sure it's true what they're teaching," Republican Sen. Dennis Kruse said on Tuesday, as reported by The Republic.
During the 2012 campaign season, he proposed that teachers be allowed to teach creationism, a Bible-based theory that God literally created the earth. The bill was not successful, as House Speaker Brian Bosma rejected it, but Kruse is now writing a draft from the state's legislative services agency that would at least allow evolution to be questioned. more >>
A Democratic precinct committeeman has said that Obamacare forces pro-life health care workers into "slavery" because the federal mandate forces them to choose between their morals and their career.
"Slaves do not have a right to refuse to do work that violates their religion," said Woodrow Wilcox, who is also a delegate to the state convention of Democrats. "Under Obamacare, the Obama administration is threatening pro-life health care workers with punishment if they do not participate in abortion, euthanasia, or other objectionable services because of their religious beliefs."
Wilcox's remarks came during a "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" rally held Oct. 20 in Crown Point, Ind., just one of several such rallies simultaneously held across the nation. more >>
Several Mennonite pastors have initiated the Election Day Communion campaign, which calls on churches in the U.S. to deliver a special communion on Nov. 6, the date of the 2012 presidential elections, to remind Christians of their unity under Christ.
The purpose of the nationwide campaign, according to its official website, is to remind Christians that "the Church [is] being the Church on Election Day, gathering at the Lord's Table to remember, to practice, to give thanks for, and to proclaim its allegiance to Christ."
The campaign began due to "a concern that Christians in the United States are being shaped more by the tactics and ideologies of political parties than by their identity in and allegiance to Jesus," according to the Election Day Communion website. more >>
Jack Schaap, the former pastor of First Baptist Church in Hammond, Ind., pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday in a case stemming from his sexual involvement with a teen girl, but has denied knowing that taking her across state lines for sex was illegal.
"I was not aware of the law," Schaap said before the court in Hammond, but said that he knew that his actions were "sinful and wrong."
The former pastor of the 15,000-member church, which he served for 11 years, stood accused of having sexual relations with the girl, a parish member who is now 17, and taking her across state lines to Illinois and western Michigan for the sexual encounters. Schaap and the girl started the affair when she was 16. more >>
Jack Schaap, former pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond in Indiana, has signed a plea agreement in the U.S. District Court in Hammond admitting his relationship with a young woman when she was just 16. Schaap was charged with inappropriate behavior and taking a minor across state lines for the purpose of sex, and may be facing up to 10 years in prison.
"I have agreed, as set forth in a separate filing with the Court, to wave my right to Indictment by a federal Grand Jury with respect to the charge of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and to plead guilty to that charge," reads Schaap's plea agreement in court documents obtained by The Christian Post.
The court document also states that the expected sentence for such a crime could be up to 120 months, or 10 years incarceration. more >>
First Baptist Church of Hammond in Indiana has become more united than ever in the wake of Pastor Jack Schaap's dismissal, a spokesman for the church told The Christian Post.
The church community was rocked recently by Schaap's dismissal, which came about following his admission of adultery with a young teenager. Investigations into the scandal surrounding the former pastor are continuing, the church spokesman confirmed, but the quick action by the church has allowed its members to come together during the difficult time.
"People are very pleased at how fast our deacon board acted in the dismissal of our former pastor. Seems like that has helped them, the fact that they made the right choice and they are very open," said Eddie Wilson, spokesperson and public relations director, to CP in a phone interview on Monday. more >>