In what the Alliance Defending Freedom proclaims as a victory for religious liberty, Lizarda Urena, mother of two students at Concord High School in Concord, N.H., has regained the right to pray for the school's safety before classes. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which originally raised the issue, may contest this policy yet again.
"Many groups take a skewed view that say any interaction with religion at schools violates the Constitution, we know that's not true," Matt Sharp, legal counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Christian Post in a Friday interview. "This is a huge victory for religious liberty," he said.
Sharp briefly outlined the story. After a handful of bullets were found in one of the toilets at the school, Urena felt God's calling to pray for the safety of kids and teachers. Following the nation-gripping stories of violence in Arvada, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. – not far from Concord – Urena took extra vigilance for her children's safety. When she asked the principal, he told her it would be fine. more >>
Pope Francis has been in the spotlight this week after replying to an agnostic's questions, addressing whether God could forgive a non-believer.
The response was sparked by a question from a prominent Italian agnostic, and has led some media outlets to report that the pope was suggesting non-believers could be forgiven – even to the extent of salvation – without coming to faith.
The letter, written as a response to editorials from July and August by Eugenio Scalfari, an agnostic and the founder of the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, addressed a question he posed about God forgiving people who do not believe in him or seek any type of faith. more >>
In a lighthearted debate about whether or not God exists, atheist comedian Jamie Kilstein concluded on W. Kamau Bell's late-night FX talk show "Totally Biased," that if God exists he must be a "sociopath".
Kilstein who debated the subject with fellow comedian and believer John Fugelsang explained that it was his wife who led him down the path of atheism a few years ago when they were still dating.
At one point during the show, host Bell joked that he couldn't afford to not believe in God because he is black. He also quipped: "Atheism is like the highest level of white privilege. It's like having a black belt in white privilege". more >>
A United States District Court Judge has dismissed a suit brought by an atheist organization against the motto "In God We Trust" being on the national currency.
Judge Harold Baer Jr. of the Southern District of New York ruled Monday that a suit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and others should be dismissed.
"The Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto's secular purpose and effect, and all circuit courts that have considered this issue-namely the Ninth, Fifth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuit- have found no constitutional violation in the motto's inclusion on currency," wrote Baer. more >>
Atheist intellectual and author Richard Dawkins has stated in a recent interview that he considers himself a "Cultural Anglican" and has a "certain love" for some church traditions.
The bestselling author of the book The God Delusion recently told the Spectator that he sees himself as a "Cultural Anglican," saying he enjoys certain elements of the tradition in question.
A Seattle, Wash.-based group that advocates for intelligent design has sent a letter of protest to an Indiana public academic institute over a course that is allegedly biased toward atheism.
The Discovery Institute sent the letter to Ball State University President Jo Ann Gora on Tuesday regarding a course known as "Dangerous Ideas," an honors 390 seminar.
The institute frames their complaint under the recent Ball State decision to bar professor Eric Hedin's course "The Boundaries of Science," which was accused of being biased in favor of intelligent design. more >>