Brooks Hamby never wanted to be a rabble-rouser. He just wanted to thank Jesus in his high school graduation speech.
But the Brawley Union School District in Brawley, Calif., said the references to Jesus and prayer in Brooks' graduation speech were "inappropriate" and violated "prevailing legal standards."
School officials rejected three versions of the young man's graduation address, and one administrator went so far as to redact every religious reference with a black marker – as if it were some sort of top-secret government document. more >>
Father Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire ministry and Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary near Chicago, has said that HBO talk show host Bill Maher does not understand neither faith nor the Bible, responding to the numerous attacks on Christianity the outspoken comedian has made recently.
"I don't know what possesses me to watch 'Real Time With Bill Maher,' for Maher is, without a doubt, the most annoying anti-religionist on the scene today. Though his show is purportedly about politics, it almost invariably includes some attack on religion, especially Christianity," Barron wrote for Catholic News Agency on Sunday.
Maher has made a number of anti-Christian comments on his show. Earlier this year he called God a "psychotic mass murderer" for the flood as described in the biblical account of Noah's ark, and in June asked Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed to explain why Jesus had to come down to Earth to "correct His dad" on Old Testament laws such as stoning of adulterous women to death. more >>
Creationist Group Answers in Genesis has fired back against secular bloggers criticizing its coverage of the "Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey" television series, which the group says is an attempt to present an atheistic view of the universe.
"Secularists critique (often with ad hominem attacks) just about everything we write about at AiG. But because we dared write detailed (and well-thought-out and researched) reviews of the ardently atheistic evolutionary Cosmos TV series they're so enamored by, they make all sorts of false accusations," AiG's Ken Ham, who is also the president and CEO of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, wrote in an article on Wednesday.
"Cosmos," which was presented by astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, was a recent 13-part show based on the Carl Sagan 1980 series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," featured both by Fox and the National Geographic Channel in the U.S. Its final episode aired on Sunday. more >>
"Thou Shall Not Move," a group dedicated to preserving a Ten Commandments display at a Pennsylvania public school against legal action from an atheist organization, held a rally Monday in support of the monument.
Pastor Ewing M. Marietta from Liberty Baptist Church in Uniontown, the group's organizer, told The Christian Post that "a good number of people" showed up to their rally earlier this week.
"We do these once a month at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Connellsville on the third Thursday," said Marietta, regarding rallies held in favor of the monument. more >>
One of the largest secular lobbying groups in the U.S. recently fired its executive director, who says she was let go from the coalition due to a recent embezzlement scandal involving two of her subordinates.
It was reported last week that Edwina Rogers, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America since May 2012, had been fired from her position at the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group comprised of a network of nonreligious organizations.
Rogers, who previously served as an adviser to the George W. Bush administration, told The New York Times late last week that she had been given no reason for her firing, but believes the termination is related to the recent revelation that two of her subordinates had embezzled $78,805, using the organization's credit cards on personal expenses, such as plastic surgery. more >>
Author Sam Harris, credited with launching the new atheist movement with his provocative book The End of Faith, is now striving to fill the immeasurable spiritual void left from abandoning religion with a new "Spiritual" book.
When the working title was announced last year, Waking Up: Science, Skepticism, and Spirituality, I knew it may mislead potential readers. Little did I know the extent to which the marketing would conceal and deceive spiritual seekers. To understand how such a simple title could be so transparently deceptive, one must first know what Sam Harris means when he uses the word "Spirituality."
In a blog post defending why he uses the word spirituality instead of another word Harris wrote, "The word 'spirit' comes from the Latin spiritus, which in turn is a translation of the Greek pneuma, meaning 'breath.' Around the 13th century, the term (Spirit) became bound up with notions of immaterial souls, supernatural beings, ghosts, etc." He continues, "We must reclaim good words and put them to good use-and this is what I intend to do with 'spiritual'.....Of course, 'spiritual' and its cognates have some unfortunate associations unrelated to their etymology-and I will do my best to cut those ties as well." more >>