A conservative legal group has argued that New Jersey's recently passed ban on sexual orientation change therapy for minors attacks their "right to self-determination."
The lawsuit, filed by the Liberty Counsel last Thursday, argues that the newly signed law A-3371 interferes with the rights of both therapy providers and their potential clients.
"A3371 denies or severely impairs Plaintiffs' clients and all minors their right to self-determination, their right to prioritize their religious and moral values, and their right to receive effective counseling consistent with those values," reads the lawsuit. more >>
A British sociologist has denounced a recent effort by the United Kingdom Department of Education to investigate religious schools and their views on homosexuality.
Neil Davenport, head of Sociology at the JFS Sixth Form Centre in London, wrote a column on spiked-online.com Thursday asking "Why shouldn't faith schools criticize gays?"
"In a secular society that is supposedly committed to freedom of religion, the really outrageous thing here is that MPs and shrill campaigners are meddling in the values being taught in faith schools," wrote Davenport. "The accusation that faith schools are practising intolerance seems breathtakingly unconvincing, not to mention hypocritical, when one considers that militant atheists are themselves being intolerant of traditional and religious communities and their belief systems." more >>
The highest court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has set the date for oral arguments in a lawsuit against the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Supreme Judicial Court decided on Sept. 4 as the date that arguments will be heard in the case Doe v. Acton-Boxborough at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.
Brought by the American Humanist Association, the suit alleges that the pledge's "Under God" phrase excludes non-theists and violates their equal protection under law. more >>
A District Court judge has given the go-ahead for a lawsuit by a Wisconsin-based atheist organization against the Internal Revenue Service regarding the enforcement of its church politicking ban.
Judge Lynn Adelman of the Western District of Wisconsin ruled Monday that the Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison could proceed with a lawsuit against the IRS.
A Reformed historian claims that John Calvin, whom thousands celebrated on the 500th anniversary of his birth in 2009, should not be considered the founder of Reformed Protestantism, or more commonly known as "Calvinism."
The new book, Calvinism: A History, aims "to show how varied Calvinism is and how it had so many other hands cooking the stew other than Calvin himself," author Darryl G. Hart, visiting assistant professor of history at Hillsdale College in Michigan, told The Christian Post in a Tuesday interview. Rather than describe how Calvinism set the stage for the modern world – inspiring capitalism, individualism, and representative democracy – Hart focuses on the "genealogy" of the faith.
The author noted that it wasn't until the 19th Century that Calvin's works were published far enough to gain a wide readership, so after his death there spanned an almost 300 year gap before his modern influence. more >>
A Russian politician whose legislative efforts have led to recently passed antigay legislation had his church fire-bombed by unknown assailants.
According to the Russia & India Report, two masked attackers threw Molotov cocktails at The Church of Holy Peter the Metropolitan Bishop of Moscow on Sunday evening. The Muscovite church is where Vitaly Milonov, St Petersburg municipal deputy, volunteers as an altar server.
On Twitter, Milonov blamed "scum" for the attack, which inflicted minor damage on the church, and vowed to "find them and destroy them." more >>