The Chinese government has reportedly continued tightening its grip on Christianity, influencing the nation's two government-controlled Catholic organizations to agree to ordain bishops "under the leadership of the government."
UCA News reported that at a recent coalition meeting, the bishops' conference and the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association also agreed to convert unregistered clergy to the open church.
There have been tensions between the Vatican and the government-controlled Catholic church in China due to the practice of government-elected bishops, which has been going on for years. more >>
A Veterans Administration clinic in Ohio recently removed a Bible from a POW/MIA display after a military church and state watchdog group protested its presence.
The Akron-based facility removed the Bible from the display after being contacted by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the MRFF, told The Christian Post that his organization became aware of the Bible at the display after they were contacted by 11 veterans of diverse faiths who were receiving treatment at the clinic. more >>
Bible study clubs at two schools in Ohio have been suspended following a complaint made by a Wisconsin-based atheist group.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday that two schools in Fairfield County have temporarily suspended their Bible clubs in response to a complaint letter sent by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
"[FFRF] sent letters to four school districts regarding Bible studies held in eight high schools, junior high schools and middle schools before class or on lunch breaks," reported the Dispatch. more >>
After receiving complaints from parents about an email their children received for a "Bring Your Bible to School Day" event, one California district has instituted a newly approved policy on promotional materials, which might deter messages about religious events from being distributed.
Folsom Cordova Unified School District's board last week unanimously approved changes to its email announcement policy in response to students and parents who questioned why a school would be sending notices about religious events, or even atheist events, such as a flyer many received about the atheist "Freethought Day."
Daniel Thigpen, spokesperson for Folsom Cordova, told The Christian Post that while the new policy "was not a decision to deter Bible-based or atheism-based messages through our e-flyer system," he acknowledged the new policy would prevent Bring Your Bible to School Day and Freethought Day flyers from being approved. more >>
A-list actor Johnny Depp will reportedly be speaking at Reason Rally, which is aiming to be the "biggest gathering of nonreligious people in history," in June.
The Friendly Atheist's Hemant Mehta reported on the news on Tuesday, noting that Depp's participation will be a "major boost of star power."
"Even for a Hollywood actor, Depp is taking a big leap by appearing on stage alongside several outspoken atheists. If the media was ignoring the rally, though, you can bet they'll be paying attention now," Mehta wrote. more >>
I recently spoke with a pastor who was tearfully concerned about his health insurance. He had just received notice of a large premium increase that he could not afford. With a diabetic child, he did not know what to do.
The only good news in this story is that he had health insurance.
Many pastors do not. more >>