The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the firing of a middle school teacher by a public school district over the religious images that the teacher had in his classroom.
In a four to three decision, the Court decided that Mount Vernon City Schools had the right to fire science teacher John Freshwater for the various religious displays he had in his classroom.
These included a poster of the Ten Commandments, a poster of George W. Bush and Colin Powell praying with a Bible verse inscribed, and the Bible on Freshwater's desk. more >>
A California pastor is now expressing outrage at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif., after he stumbled upon a shelf in the store that had Bibles on display as "$14.99 Fiction" while shopping for a gift for his wife last Friday.
"All the Bibles were labeled as fiction," Caleb Kaltenbach, lead pastor at Discovery Church in southern California, told Fox News' Todd Starnes. "It seemed bizarre to me."
The pastor explained that he tried discussing the matter with Costco representatives at the store but no one was available to discuss it. So he snapped a picture of the display and tweeted it to his followers on Twitter. more >>
Fulfilling a promise they made during the government shutdown, members of the anti-poverty coalition "Circle of Protection," are delivering 535 "Poverty and Justice" Bibles into the hands of senators and representatives this week.
Over the course of the 16-day-long government shutdown last month, members of the 65 denominations and relief and development agencies composing the coalition, publicly read the nearly 2,100 Bible verses pertaining to poverty and justice and vowed to reinforce the Scripture's messages to their Congressmen and women.
Beau Underwood, the Director for Campaigns and Advocacy at Christian social justice group Sojourners, said that as the government shutdown looked imminent, many of the Circle of Protection's members began discussing how Christians ought to respond to it. more >>
WASHINGTON – Satan can give the Christian Right all its goals and still destroy the church from within, Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, declared at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition's "Justice Summit." Moore, an advocate for Christian values in politics, warned that outlawing abortion, protecting marriage, and defending morality is not enough.
"It would be a shame, you might even say it would be devilish, to be people with values right side up and crosses upside down," he said. Focusing on Jesus' temptation in the wilderness from Matthew 4, Moore warned that valuing anything more than the Gospel of Jesus Christ can easily become the church's undoing.
In explaining this threat, Moore turned to a child custody dispute involving a Satanist. In that case, the Satanist called on his Satanic priest to testify on his behalf. The priest explained that they don't worship the devil, but "what we believe in is the worship of the ego and the power of the self." He pointed to the upside down cross as "the reversal of all those things we find so weak in Christianity: humility, meekness, gentleness, crucifixion." more >>
ARLINGTON, Va. – A legal expert and head of a conservative law firm has stated that government actions against religious groups over same-sex marriage and abortion are "red lines of liberty" being crossed.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, told The Christian Post while part of an event in the Washington, D.C.-area on Monday that these red lines involve coercion on the part of government.
"These red lines of liberty are coming very rapidly. They're not just issues that are contrary to Christian values that you can coexist with," said Staver. "These are issues where the government is seeking to force you to affirm ideas and values that are completely contrary to your Christian faith." more >>
Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., concluded his sermon series, "Ten Commandments: Set Free To Live Free," on Sunday as he shared why the command "not to covet" is unique and how to crush the desire to do so.
"Coveting is ungodly, discontented desire... Passion, envy, craving, greed, jealousy, obsession, longing, or lust for someone or something that is not supposed to be yours," Driscoll preached while defining what coveting is, based on Exodus 20:17: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's."
The simplest definition of coveting is that, he explained, "God says, 'This is what I want for you,' and we say, 'That's not what I want for me,' and then there's conflict between what God desires for us and what we desire. That's where coveting finds its inception. That's where coveting starts to give birth to death." more >>