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 >>
Today, people across the United States will remember and pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream of an equal America.
A civil rights icon whose nonviolent resistance helped mainstream the cause of racial equality, Dr. King is a figure much admired in the modern day.
So admired is Dr. King by Americans that many groups invoke him when advancing their respective causes in the public sphere. more >>
Three Christian churches in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are tackling the stigma that accompanies mental illness through their Celebrate Recovery programs by offering support to members of their churches and community who suffer from unstable mental health.
Those with mental disorders have found the group meetings to be a safe haven where they can shed their shame and feel embraced.
"There is always reluctance among most to share their issues of life," said Bill Peters, ministry leader for Celebrate Recovery, and who spoke on behalf of the churches. "Denial is at the heart of our American culture because we have been brought up to believe that we can be independent of others." more >>