Texas Governor Rick Perry was baptized in Little Rock Creek near the city of Independence in a small ceremony last month.
Perry, 64, who has governed the state since 2000, was baptized in the same waters as Sam Houston, the first elected president of the Republic of Texas.
"Gov. Perry has a deep and abiding faith in God," Perry spokesman Felix Browne said in a written statement. "Like many people of faith, the governor wished to reaffirm his commitment in a way that holds great personal meaning." more >>
A West Virginia school district has painted over a Bible verse formerly located in the gymnasium of one of its high schools.
Philippians 4:13, which was inscribed on Parkersburg South High School's gymnasium wall more than a decade ago, was painted over last week after the district received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group based in Madison, Wisconsin.
"Last week, the Bible verse was painted over after a recommendation from our legal council informing the administration we were in violation of State and Federal Law," Tim Yeater, president of the Wood County Board of Education, told The Christian Post on Wednesday. more >>
The majority of Americans are not opposed to prayer at public meetings, as long as the prayer does not favor one religion over another, a recently released poll conducted by a New Jersey-based university found. Results of the poll come as several states are debating prayer at public meetings.
The poll, conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, found that of the 883 voters questioned for the national poll, 73 percent said prayer at public meetings was fine "as long as the public officials are not favoring some beliefs over others." Another 23 percent opposed prayer at public meetings because such meetings "shouldn't have any prayers at all because prayers by definition suggest one belief or another."
Republicans were more likely to favor prayer at public meetings over Democrats, but 60 percent of Democrats still said prayer should be allowed. more >>
The wrestling team of a high school in West Virginia is fighting to keep a Bible verse on team t-shirts despite a complaint from local atheists and members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
A local atheist reportedly contacted FFRF regarding a Bible verse that adorned the walls in Parkersburg South High School's wrestling room, the wrestling team's website and t-shirts purchased by parents for team wrestlers. The verse is Philippians 4:13 and reads "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
The verse has reportedly served as the team's motto for the past 10 years. more >>
A second-grader's Bible was confiscated by a teacher at an elementary school in Texas during a designated "read-to-myself" time, parents of the child claim.
Parents of the second-grade girl attending Hamilton Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District allege that the incident occurred two weeks ago. Their daughter brought her book of choice, the Bible, to school for a "read-to-myself" time, when students have the opportunity to read a book of their choice to themselves.
The student's second grade teacher reportedly told the young girl that she could not bring the Bible to school, going so far as to confiscate the Bible from the student. The teacher then reportedly told the second grader she could not bring the Bible back to school, flagging it as "inappropriate reading material." The parents of the young girl, who are choosing to remain anonymous to avoid retribution, contacted the Liberty Institute and the local media to share their concern. more >>
A proposed piece of legislation that would have made a historic copy of the Holy Bible the state book for Louisiana has been withdrawn by its sponsor.
State legislator Thomas Carmody, the Republican representative for Shreveport, announced his withdrawal of House Bill 503 on Monday during debate over the measure.
"Carmody, of Shreveport, took the microphone when House Bill 503 was announced and explained to colleagues the bill as amended by the committee could create 'a constitutional problem'," reported Nancy Cook of arklatexhomepage.com. more >>