A New Jersey resident is suing the state for rejecting her request for vanity license plate "8THEIST."
Shannon Morgan had her license plate request rejected by New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission website with a message reading: "requested plate is considered objectionable."
The 23-year-old daughter of a New Jersey pastor who serves a congregation of mostly South Korean immigrants is now dead after she was violently stabbed multiple times on Sunday and local police are holding a 16-year-old boy in connection with her death.
Christine Huh, daughter of Bong Kee Huh, senior pastor of Praise Presbyterian Church in Somerset, was found suffering from stab wounds by emergency officials inside a ninth-floor apartment at the Skyline Tower in downtown New Brunswick early Sunday morning, according to NJ.com and now her family and church community is mourning.
"Our whole congregation is devastated," pastor Daeho Kim told NJ.com Tuesday. "She had a wonderful sense of humor and was [a] great supporter of the church and her family." more >>
Religious freedom champion and former Congressman Frank Wolf warned a Harvard audience that freedom of conscience is endangered in the United States and conservative Christians may have to engage in civil disobedience because their views are considered intolerant.
"When tolerance is demanded, when orthodox Christianity is deemed intolerant and when government and even society fails to extend tolerance to people of faith, we are headed down a perilous path," he said.
Wolf, who retired last year after serving 34 years in Congress, delivered the May 7 address, "After Hobby Lobby: What is Caesar's and What is God's?" as part of an event hosted by the Petrie-Flom Center and the Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Initiative on Religious Freedom and Its Implications at Harvard's Center for American Political Studies. more >>
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 >>