An Evansville, Ind., firefighter and youth pastor at the Memorial Baptist church is now at the center of a controversial incident in that town after he alleged police officers cuffed and threatened him with a stun gun because he waved hello during a bicycle ride on Tuesday.
The firefighter, George Madison Jr., 38, has filed a formal complaint with the Evansville Police Department, according to a report in the Courier Press.
Madison refused to publicly identify the officers involved in the incident, due to an ongoing investigation, but police records indicate the officers as Officer Clifton and Officer Clegg. The two police officers with those last names in the Evansville Police Department are Darin Clifton and Jason Clegg. more >>
A total of 23 states have joined forces to encourage the Supreme Court to rule once and for all that legislative prayer delivered at the beginning of government meetings is constitutional.
Indiana's attorney general Greg Zoeller and Texas's attorney general Greg Abbott co-authored an amicus brief, joined by 21 other states, filed in the Supreme Court case Greece, N.Y. v. Galloway, Susan, which questions the constitutionality of public prayer at government meetings. The Supreme Court will be addressing this case in its next session in October 2014, and will be considering a previous ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York which found prayers in Greece, New York to be unconstitutional because they focused predominately on Christianity.
The amicus brief filed by Zoeller and others late last week "asks the Supreme Court to overturn a U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that had prohibited legislative prayer at the start of a government assembly," according to a statement issued by the attorney general's office. more >>
An Indiana-based academic institute has announced that while a physics professor who taught intelligent design will stay with the university, his proposed controversial course will not.
Professor Jo Ann Gora, president of Ball State University, announced Wednesday that while Physics Prof. Eric Hedin would remain, intelligent design would not be taught as part of a science course.
A United States district court judge has ruled against a group of churches that wanted to build a temporary cross display on some public waterfront property in Indiana.
Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled Wednesday that the proposed display at Evansville would be a government endorsement of Christianity, thus violating the First Amendment.
"…based on the size and scope of the project, this planned display of crosses would convey a message of the City's endorsement of Christianity to the reasonable observer," wrote Barker. more >>
An Indiana church that once stood up to the Ku Klux Klan after a 1930 lynching is in danger of being destroyed by the passage of time.
Shaffer African Methodist Episcopal Church of Muncie, a historically black congregation founded circa 1893, has several structural problems to its historic building.
Ivy Farguheson, reporter with The Star Press, wrote of the situation Monday as a local group, Whitely Community Council, seeks to raise funds for the church's repairs. more >>
The congregation of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Indiana mourned Sunday the death of three of their members – the youth pastor, his pregnant wife and a chaperone who was a mother of five – in a bus crash that happened just a mile from the church.
Youth pastor Chad Phelps, his pregnant wife, Courtney Phelps, and 51-year-old chaperone Tonya Weindorf were killed on Saturday morning as the bus carrying 37 people, all from the Indianapolis church, crashed into a raised concrete median and overturned near Interstate 465, deacon Jeff Leffew told The Associated Press.
Dozens of people were injured, and six teenagers were still admitted to hospitals on Sunday. One of the injured was said to be in critical condition. more >>