The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group committed to maintaining the separation of church and state in the U.S., says it will consider filing a lawsuit against a Florida sheriff if he doesn't stop preaching at churches while wearing his uniform and using his official government title at the pulpit.
The group sent Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd a letter this week threatening legal action if he doesn't comply with their demands, according to WFLA.
"We don't have any problem with him preaching in church and we don't have any problem with him teaching Sunday school, he's free to do that," said Andrew Seidel, attorney for FFRF. "What's he's not allowed to do is use the public government office and title and uniform to promote his personal religion." more >>
The largest Protestant denomination in the United States has passed a resolution stating that marriage is between one man and one woman regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court concludes later this month.
Messengers for the Southern Baptist Convention voted Tuesday afternoon in favor of Resolution 5, which among other things, prayerfully calls for the Supreme Court to "uphold the right of the citizens to define marriage as exclusively the union of one man and one woman."
A diocese that voted to break away from the Episcopal Church has rejected a settlement in advance of their scheduled arguments later this year before the South Carolina Supreme Court.
The Diocese of South Carolina announced Monday that they rejected a proposed settlement by the national denomination offered to them earlier this month.
Two bishops from a Catholic Archdiocese have announced their resignation over an investigation into the potential failures of the church body to protect minors from a sexually abusive priest.
The Vatican recently accepted the resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche, both of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
These resignations were connected to an ongoing investigation regarding the archdiocese's culpability in the criminal actions of a pedophile priest. more >>
A North Carolina pastor sparked a fiery debate online Thursday for publicly banning several of his members from church on Facebook for, among other things, "telling lies, causing problems and sowing discord." And he says Jesus told him to do it.
Shortly before 2 p.m. on Thursday, David McGee, senior pastor of The Bridge Church in Kernersville, North Carolina, revealed to his church family in an extended Facebook post that the church had decided to "disfellowship" two couples from the church: Matt and Amanda Gates, and Chris and Christiana (sic) Yarborough.
"We have to do what God and the Bible tells us to do. So ... we are disfellowshipping Matt and Amanda Gates and Chris and Christiana Yarborough. This means they cannot come to the Bridge, they are no longer welcomed at the Bridge unless they repent," noted McGee in the post. more >>
A Vatican City spokesman has announced the creation of a new tribunal meant to deal with cases against Roman Catholic bishops who failed to stop sexual abuse of minors by priests.
Centered on examining allegations against bishops who failed to report sexual abuse cases to authorities, the tribunal will be held within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
"Pope Francis will appoint a secretary and permanent staff for the new department, which will have a five year period to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of these new procedures," reported Vatican Radio on Wednesday. more >>