Actress Susan Sarandon's nephew made headlines on Sunday when responding to a teacher's rehiring at a Catholic school in New Jersey after she was dismissed in March for posting a comment on Facebook that some perceived as anti-gay.
Scott Lyons, an alumnus, was upset by the comments and wrote a response to teacher Patricia Jannuzzi, which Sarandon then reposted on her Facebook page. He also wrote a new response on his personal account addressing the rehiring.
"Immaculata High School is sending a strong message by reinstating a teacher who publicly and repeatedly revealed blatant intolerance for the LGBT community," he posted on Sunday. "School leadership has essentially declared that though her 'tone' wasn't acceptable her sentiment, in fact, was. I only hope that the parents of the current and prospective students take this into account when considering the kind of educational environment they are exposing their children to. The bible should not be used as a weapon to attack, discriminate or alienate anyone based on who they choose to love. And anyone who does so in the name of their religion is using it wrong." more >>
Students in New Jersey will still be able to recite the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, as an atheist organization has reportedly dropped its lawsuit.
Last year, the American Humanist Association's legal arm sued a New Jersey school district to get "under God" removed from the pledge.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington D.C.-based group that supports the phrase being in the pledge, announced Monday morning that the AHA has been defeated. more >>
A fast-growing multi-site New Jersey megachurch is expecting more than 6,000 people to attend its Easter egg hunt events on Saturday and Sunday, which will be the state's largest easter egg hunt with over 100,000 hidden eggs.
Liquid Church, a congregation with four campuses in Morristown, Mountainside, New Brunswick and Nutley, is hosting 14 different Jersey Egg Hunt experiences planned in those locations for the frist time.
"We're excited to share one of our core values — which is that church is fun — with families across New Jersey," Kenny Jahng, spokesman for Liquid Church, told The Christian Post on Thursday. "We hope those that are new to faith or haven't been to church in a while will find a message of hope and find it refreshing." more >>
One of New Jersey's fastest growing Christian churches will be hosting the state's largest Easter egg hunt ever by hiding more than 100,000 eggs in its campuses in four counties for children and families on Easter Weekend.
Liquid Church, which has four congregations in Morristown, Mountainside, New Brunswick and Nutley, has 14 different Jersey Egg Hunt experiences planned in those locations for April 4 and 5, the church says in a statement.
"At Liquid, one of our core values is that Church can be FUN. We hope families joining us for the Jersey Egg Hunt will have a chance to experience church in a refreshing way," said Tim Lucas, founding and lead pastor. more >>
A radio ad campaign has been launched criticizing Catholic officials in New Jersey for suspending and possibly terminating a tenured Catholic school religion teacher who posted on Facebook about how gay activists want to "reengineer" western civilizations into "a slow extinction."
After Immaculata High School religion teacher Patricia Jannuzzi posted about her disgust with the LGBT agenda and asserted her belief that healthy families come from ones that consist of a mother and a father, celebrity alumni from the school voiced their opposition to the post, as well as other celebrities like Susan Sarandon. The celebrity spotlight drew national attention at an alumni petition asking the school to take disciplinary action against Jannuzzi.
Two weeks ago, the school placed the 57-year-old Jannuzi, who has taught for over 30 years, on administrative leave, with pay, and her lawyer is claiming that the school's legal team has indicated that she is likely to be terminated by August. more >>
A New Jersey man who burned his face after he leaned over a plate of hot fajitas to pray at a local Applebee's cannot sue the restaurant chain for damages because the danger was "open and obvious," according to a ruling issued by an appellate court Wednesday.
The man, Hiram Jimenez, sought damages from the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar in Westampton after the incident which took place in March 2010, but has unsuccessfully attempted to hold the restaurant liable, according to the Courier-Post.
Jimenez reportedly ordered fajitas that were placed in front of him in a "sizzling skillet." The ruling highlighted that Jimenez bowed his head "close to the table," and soon heard "a loud sizzling noise, followed by 'a pop noise' and then felt a burning sensation in his left eye and on his face." more >>