Lawmakers in South Dakota have voted down a bill meant to exempt clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages if the state ever legalizes gay marriage.
The South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee voted down Senate Bill 66 in a vote of four to three on Friday, killing one of two similar bills introduced by State Senator Ernie Otten.
A majority of the Committee concluded that S.B. 66 was unnecessary given preexisting law regarding marriage definition and religious liberty in the state, reported the Associated Press. more >>
Legislators in Idaho are looking into the merits of a bill that if enacted would protect licensed professionals from being legally harassed for acting upon their religious beliefs.
House Bill 426 was introduced last week by Idaho Representative Lynn Luker of Boise and was referred to the House State Affairs Committee where a hearing is still pending.
"No occupational licensing board or governmental subdivision or entity shall deny, revoke or suspend a person's professional or occupational license, certificate or registration for… Declining to provide or participate in providing any service that violates the person's sincerely held religious beliefs or exercise of religion except where performing emergency response duties for public safety," reads HB 426 in part. more >>
A Kansas-based hate group unaffiliated with any Baptist denomination protested at the biggest National Football League game of the year, and has announced plans to stage a protest at actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral.
Westboro Baptist Church held a demonstration showcasing their usual inflammatory rhetoric aimed at homosexuals and the United States near New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Perhaps hundreds of churches across the United States and abroad plan to participate in an annual observance next month meant to reconcile science and faith known as "Evolution Weekend."
Organized by Michael Zimmerman of the Clergy Letter Project, the ninth annual "Evolution Weekend" will be observed Feb. 7-9. The intent is for congregations across multiple denominations participate as a way of showing that their religious beliefs do not conflict with scientific theories like evolution.
Pastor Greg Laurie recently met with local church pastors in Dallas whose congregations will be participating in Harvest America at the American Airlines Center on Oct 5.
In an interview with The Christian Post on Wednesday, Laurie spoke about why he has a renewed fervor for sharing the Gospel, how Christians can engage nonbelievers and talk to them about Jesus Christ, and why he believes Christians must focus more on prayer and preaching instead of boycotting and complaining.
The following is an edited transcript from that interview. more >>
WASHINGTON – Catholic school experts discussed the twin goals of education reform at religious private schools, arguing that faith formation and high academic standards are equally important to a school's success.
"We're in the business of educating not just citizens but saints," Christian Dallavis, senior director of Leadership Programs at The University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education, declared at an event at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday.
"If your goals are college and heaven, one of those is going to be easier to measure," quipped Michael Q. McShane, research fellow in education policy studies at AEI. McShane moderated a panel involving Dallavis and three other experts. more >>