Supporters of school choice are organizing events across the United States in honor of an annual week to raise awareness of their cause.
National School Choice Week 2014, which kicked off Sunday, "allows participants to advance their own messages of educational opportunity, while uniting with like-minded groups and individuals across the country," reads the About section for the site.
"Participants in National School Choice believe that parents should be empowered to choose the best educational environments for their children. Supporters plan events that highlight a variety of school choice options – from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling." more >>
The Commonwealth of Virginia is one step closer to passing a bill meant to protect student prayer in public schools, as the measure has passed the upper house of the state legislature.
In a close vote on Tuesday, the Va. Senate approved Senate Bill 236, which was sponsored Republican Sen. Bill Carrico of Grayson County.
A lawyer who specializes in religious liberty cases has expressed approval of the Defense Department's recently announced new policy on religious grooming for military personnel.
Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told The Christian Post that the Wednesday announcement by the Pentagon was a "good step."
"We think that it's a very good step in that it incorporates, for instance, much of the language from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which applies to the federal government," said Blomberg. more >>
A North Carolina pastor has denied that his church endorsed a candidate after it ran an advertisement for a church deacon's state house race fundraiser in its newsletter.
In last week's edition of "The Baptist Caller" Tabor City Baptist Church printed an advertisement for a paid luncheon with Brenden Jones, who is running for the State House of Representatives District 46 as a Republican and is a deacon at the church. The state's Lieutenant Governor, Dan Forest, was also present at the event which had tickets selling for prices between $25-$4000 a seat.
Despite critics who had claimed that the church had violated IRS restrictions on church tax exemptions by printing the advertisement, Pastor Bruce Schmidt said the inclusion of the notice was to encourage his congregation to be more civically active, not to endorse a particular candidate. more >>
The owner of a bed and breakfast in Illinois has stated that he refuses to host same-sex wedding ceremonies on his property as long as he owns the business.
Jim Walder, owner of the TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton, explained to local media his religiously-based objections to same-sex marriage.
A bill that would allow Ohio public schools to provide a credit option for religious instruction outside the school has passed the lower house of the state legislature.
Ohio's House of Representatives voted last week overwhelmingly in favor of House Bill 171, which if enacted will modify the Revised Code on education matters.
"To enact section 3313.6020 of the Revised Code to permit public school students to attend and receive credit for released time courses in religious instruction conducted off school property during regular school hours," reads HB 171's summary. more >>