The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), is suing the United States Treasury Department to remove the words "In God We Trust" from all U.S. currency, because they claim the motto is offensive to nonreligious citizens.
Nineteen plaintiffs and the FFRF filed the lawsuit, Newdow v. Congress in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Feb. 1. The civil action claims the motto In God We Trust violates the First and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
The plaintiffs' claim that the motto is offensive and forces atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, freethinkers and skeptics to bear a religious message they don't agree with, and are thus forced, when using U.S. currency, to make a false declaration regarding their religious views. more >>
To usher in the release of his new book What We Talk About When We Talk About God, Rob Bell spoke at a live streaming event at Brooklyn's PowerHouse Arena in New York City Tuesday evening.
His talk revolved around the theme of his book and his belief that the current culture is resisting conversation about God and seeking to reconnect with a God who is "for us, with us, and ahead of us." Bell stated that the purpose of the book is to introduce new ways to talk about God.
Bell, who formerly led Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, told those in attendance at Tuesday's talk that he believes Christians are seeking to move forward with their faith and shedding a doctrine-centered God in search of a God who can connect with humans at their most flawed existence. more >>
Under the leadership of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a new ad campaign has been introduced advising New York teens to wait until they are married before they have children.
The ads show photos of crying and sad toddlers on subways and bus shelters with messages about the consequences of teen pregnancy.
"If you finish high school, get a job, and get married before having children, you have a 98% chance of not being in poverty," one ad says. more >>
Major retailers JCPenney and Sears have taken measures to address demands from Christians furious over an offensive skit that aired last month on NBC sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live," according to the American Family Association.
The AFA revealed Tuesday that after petitioning JCPenney, Sears and Sears subsidiary Kmart to stop funding the "anti-Christian" content promoted on "Saturday Night Live" during its Feb. 16 airing, two of the retailers took action.
"Thanks for bringing it to our attention, it wasn't supposed to happen and we're taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again. Going forward our ads will not run in this form again around 'SNL,'" Sears said in a letter to the AFA after the pro-family Christian organization complained. more >>
Professional golfers Bubba Watson, Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan – otherwise known as the "Golf Boys" – are back with a new video in an effort to raise awareness about the world's clean water crisis.
The video, titled "2.Oh" and released online Monday, features the "four hopelessly tone-def and rhythm deprived golfers" rapping over a booming bass about adventures on the golf course, things that rhyme with their names and causing mayhem.
In one part of the video, the men rhyme: more >>
NEW YORK — Pastor Judah Smith of The City Church in Seattle recently celebrated the release of his new book, Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human, and spoke with The Christian Post about his excitement for the book, how things have changed since he took over leadership of the megachurch previously led by his parents, and what he believes is the biggest challenge facing believers today.
Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human was officially released Tuesday, Feb. 26, but made a splash days before in pre-sales due to a special nod from Justin Bieber, who endorsed the book via his social media accounts to millions of followers. Pastor Smith, who shared that he's known the 19-year-old singer for about three years, has explained that he hopes more than anything that Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human sparks dialogue and gets people thinking about "the most formidable figure in human history."
Below is an edited transcript of Smith's interview with The Christian Post, in which the Seattle megachurch pastor tells why he believes Jesus is the answer to everything and why the Christian Church needs to be honest with itself in order to survive. more >>