A nativity display at an Indiana county courthouse has survived a second lawsuit brought against it by secularist groups after a settlement was reached.
Lawyers representing Franklin County settled earlier this month with the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union regarding a nativity display at the Brookville courthouse.
The ACLU had filed the suit on behalf of the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and The Satanic Temple. more >>
The Mall of America in Minnesota is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent Black Lives Matter protesters from gathering at the shopping center the day before Christmas Eve.
The Black Lives Matter movement, an activist group, recently announced it would be holding a protest on Wednesday at the largest mall in the United States to protest the recent death of Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old African-American man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police on Nov. 15.
The circumstances surrounding Clark's death remain disputed, as police officers argue the man was preventing officers from responding to a domestic violence call. Protesters, however, believe Clark was shot after he was handcuffed by police. Officers refute that claim, stating that Clark was not handcuffed when he was fatally shot in the head. more >>
While the true meaning of Christmas is increasingly being purged from the public square, a McDonald's in Tennessee has painted a nativity scene on the windows of the restaurant that feature the words "His name is Jesus" and "Rejoice."
A photo of the McDonald's in Spring Hill went viral last week after resident Amy Basel posted a picture on her Facebook page showing the windows' bright hand-painted nativity murals in honor of the birth of Christ.
To the left of the nativity scene features the words His name is Jesus in big white letters. To the right of the nativity scene is the word rejoice painted in huge yellow lettering. more >>
The country of Brunei has announced it is banning all public celebrations of Christmas, threatening those caught celebrating with up to five years in prison.
"These enforcement measures are … intended to control the act of celebrating Christmas excessively and openly, which could damage the aqidah (beliefs) of the Muslim community," Brunei's Ministry of Religious Affairs said in a statement.
The display of Christmas celebrations, including Christmas trees and Christmas greetings, would violate the penal code that prohibits the propagation of a religion other than Islam to a Muslim, the statement added. more >>
Pope Francis has listed in an end of the year Christmas message the 12 virtues that he says Catholic leaders need in order to guide the Church.
Speaking before the Roman Curia, the administrative unit of the Vatican, the pontiff called on leaders to "return to the essentials" of the faith, Vatican Radio reported on Monday.
Francis noted in his speech that last year he made a list of the "diseases" that affect the Church, and now he wanted to focus on a "catalogue of needed virtues" that would allow the Curia to serve the Church more faithfully. more >>
The Alliance Defending Freedom legal group recently issued a letter to officials in Orange, Texas, encouraging the city to keep its Nativity scene on public display despite pressure from a local atheist group.
The letter, sent to city officials last week, argues that despite the demands from a local atheist organization, the city has the legal right to keep its Nativity scene without allowing an atheist holiday scene to be displayed next to it.
"Government officials do not need to give in to the demands of atheist groups that misunderstand or misrepresent the First Amendment and how the courts have applied it to Christmas displays," ADF Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs said in the letter. "The courts have been clear that the government can erect Christmas displays, including Nativity scenes, without having to honor demands that atheist displays also be allowed on government property. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has already addressed this exact issue." more >>