Fewer Americans believe homosexuality is a sin than a little more than a year ago, according to a survey completed by a faith-based research group just 14 months after a similar study. Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, said the reason for the substantial shift is most likely the result of President Barack Obama's "evolved" view of gay marriage.
Stetzer points out that halfway between the two polls Obama changed his pre-election (prior to first term) position concerning gay marriage.
"There is little doubt that the President's evolution on homosexuality probably impacted the evolution of cultural values," Stetzer states in his recent blog about the survey's release on Thursday. "This is a real and substantive shift, surprisingly large for a one-year time frame – though this was hardly a normal year on this issue." more >>
A New York state high school biology teacher has filed a complaint against her school district over having to remove expressions of her Christian faith from her classroom upon threat of being fired.
Joelle Silver filed the complaint on Thursday against the Cheektowaga Central School District in the US District Court of the Western District of New York. Silver's complaint was submitted by David Yerushalmi, Esq. and Robert J. Muise, Esq. of the American Freedom Law Center.
"This case seeks to protect and vindicate fundamental constitutional rights. It is a civil rights action brought under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenging Defendants' acts, policies, practices, and/or customs that, individually and collectively, deprived and continue to deprive Plaintiff of her fundamental constitutional rights," reads the introduction of the complaint in part. more >>
An Indiana legislator has filed a bill that would allow public schools to require students to say the Lord's Prayer.
State Senator Dennis Kruse submitted the prayer bill before the beginning of the current session. It was put to first reading on Wednesday.
"Allows the governing body of a school corporation or the equivalent authority of a charter school to provide for the recitation of the Lord's Prayer at the beginning of each school day," reads the official synopsis for Senate Bill 251. more >>
Stanford Law School has established the nation's only Religious Liberty Clinic, enabling students under the professor's supervision to represent clients who are fighting to win legal battles on the grounds of religious freedom in America.
The clinic will offer participating law students the opportunity to engage in disputes arising from a wide range of religious beliefs, practices, and customs, the school announced this week.
"Part of what we are trying to do is show our students and our community how religious liberty is a natural right that is for all of us and that all too often religious liberty disputes are really debates about the merits of the particular religious practice involved rather than the liberty," the clinic's founding director, James A. Sonne, told The Christian Post on Wednesday. "We want to show that this is something for everybody regardless of your religious background and practice." more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case regarding a suit against a Georgia law that bans the carrying of firearms in public locations like churches and other houses of worship.
Their decision, made Tuesday, means that a lower court decision that maintains the 2010 law that bans guns from places of worship stands. Georgiacarry.org, a pro-gun organization, filed the suit against the law.
John Monroe, vice president of georgiacarry.org and member of its Board of Directors, told The Christian Post that his group was "disappointed" by the Supreme Court's decision. more >>
A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has threatened a middle school in Ohio with a lawsuit should school officials not remove a portrait of Jesus Christ from a hallway.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison sent a letter last week to officials at Jackson City Schools over the portrait, which hangs in the Jackson Middle School building.
In an interview with local media, FFRF staff attorney Rebecca Markert said that the portrait is unconstitutional and also alienating to non-Christian students. more >>