A Florida chapter of a national church-and-state watchdog group has sent a letter of complaint to a sunshine state city over its seal that includes Christian imagery.
The Flagler County chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent the letter to the mayor of the city of DeLand last month regarding the matter.
The letter was signed by Ayesha N. Khan, legal director at Americans United and Gregory M. Lipper, senior litigation counsel at Americans United. more >>
Cameroon has decided to close down dozens of Pentecostal churches due to claims of "criminal practices" from the government.
President Paul Biya, who has led the West African nation since 1982, ordered last month the closure of several Pentecostal churches in the name of public safety.
Mbu Anthony Lang, a government official, told reporters in a statement that the order involved safety issues rather than opposition to the Pentecostal Movement. more >>
Following a controversy over baptism permits last week, the National Park Service has denied charges of discrimination against Christianity in general and Missouri Baptists or Pentecostals in particular.
"It has never been the intention of the National Park Service to limit the number of baptisms performed at Ozark National Scenic Riverways…or any of our other parks," wrote Mike Litterst, acting chief spokesperson, in an email statement to The Christian Post Friday.
The statement addressed a complaint from Missouri Congressman Jason Smith, who asked, "why have traditional baptismal services been singled out?" He argued that fishing and swimming did not require permits, and complained the park was actively targeting Christians. more >>
A Florida Catholic academic institute has filed a second lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services' abortion-drug "accommodation."
Ave Maria University, a recently founded institute located in Naples, filed the suit Thursday in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Ft. Myers Division.
"The University's sincere religious beliefs forbid it from facilitating, participating in, paying for, training others to engage in, or otherwise supporting contraception, sterilization, or abortion," reads the suit in part. more >>
An Evansville, Ind., area church filed an appeal Wednesday in an ACLU lawsuit over the display of up to 31 temporary crosses at the city's popular riverfront. A federal district court issued an injunction last month saying that the crosses cannot be displayed in the same manner as other community group displays, according to allied attorneys representing the congregation.
Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled last month that the proposed display at Evansville would be a government endorsement of Christianity, thus violating the First Amendment.
However, Alliance Defending Freedom lawyers say it is government officials who are in violation of the Constitution for singling out the crosses display. more >>
Pastors and church members gathered at New Hope Church Honolulu, Hawaii on Monday to protest the Freedom to Marry Act, which may pass in a special session this Fall, to make Hawaii the 14th state to legalize gay marriage.
"Same-sex marriage is against the will of God," argued Dennis Sallis, pastor of Hope Church Waliki. "We're just preaching the word of God."
A week before, however, over 30 representatives of faith-based groups signed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage, following a service at the Nuuanu church where President Obama went to Sunday school in his childhood years. "They did not choose to be gay – this is how God made them," said Methodist Minister Barbara "Babs" Grace Ripple, 71. "Who am I to say that they should not have the same benefits in life that I have?" more >>