In an upcoming Supreme Court case, the Obama administration is supporting the right of a municipal government to begin their meetings in prayer, even if most of those prayers are specifically Christian.
In Town of Greece vs. Galloway, which the Court will hear in its next term, a small New York town, Town of Greece, was sued by residents for beginning their town council meeting in prayer, arguing that the prayers violated the Constitutional requirement that government may not respect an establishment of religion. A district court sided with Town of Greece, which the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit later overturned.
In an Amicus brief filed this week, the Department of Justice backed Town of Greece in the dispute, arguing that it is that the government does not have the authority to regulate the content of the prayers. more >>
A Christian apologist, scholar, and intelligent design advocate claimed all biblical believers should support free markets, and argued that economic illiteracy, rather than Wall Street greed, caused the 2008 financial crisis.
Biblical principles show that free markets are the best way to organize society, argued Jay Richards, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, visiting scholar at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, and author of Infiltrated: How to Stop the Insiders and Activists Who are Exploiting the Financial Crisis to Control Our Lives and Our Fortunes, in a Thursday interview with The Christian Post. He also claimed that Christians should learn economics to be good citizens. Nevertheless, he clarified, "I wouldn't go so far as to say 'if you read the Bible, you'll affirm Capitalism because Jesus was a Capitalist.'"
Capitalism provides the framework where "people's ingenuity and their creative freedom can be most manifest so they can create value for themselves and others," the scholar contends. With a basic moral framework defending private property and the profits that hard-working innovators make by meeting other people's needs, even greedy people will strive to serve others, he argues. more >>
Two groups of atheist activists on the national and local level are trying to stop a city council in California from starting its meetings with prayer.
Alliance Defending Freedom sent a legal memo to the city of Chico Thursday after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter demanding the city stop opening public meetings with a prayer. The city's policy allows various members of the community to offer the prayers. ADF attorneys are currently defending a New York town's similar prayer policy at the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Americans today should be as free as the Founders were to pray," said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman. "The Founders prayed while drafting our Constitution's Bill of Rights, and the Supreme Court has ruled that public prayer is part of the 'history and tradition of this country.' The city of Chico, therefore, is on extremely firm ground to allow prayer before its public meetings." more >>
A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has filed a formal complaint against a Tennessee magistrate who changed the appellation of a baby named "Messiah" for religious reasons.
Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the complaint to Tennessee's Board of Judicial Conduct against Lu Ann Ballew, a child support magistrate for the state's Fourth Judicial District.
On Thursday, Aug. 8, Ballew ruled at a hearing over a dispute regarding a baby's name that it must be changed from Messiah DeShawn Martin to Martin DeShawn McCullough. more >>
The U.S. Air Force republished a chaplain's devotional article to a base website after an official initially removed it in response to a complaint about its reflections on the famous quotation "There are no atheists in foxholes," often attributed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In early July, a devotional article by Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes (USAF) was posted on the website of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in the Chaplain's Corner titled "No atheists in foxholes: Chaplains gave all in World War II."
Shortly after the publication of the devotional, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation requested that the Air Force remove it off the base website and formally discipline Reyes, claiming it insulted those with no faith, according to WND. more >>
An estimated combined total of 5,000 people met to pray at all 29 Cullman County School District campuses in Alabama and participate in a prayer caravan Saturday. Hundreds more gathered for a prayer rally at the county fairgrounds in the evening. Spurred on by the threat of legal action from a Wisconsin-based atheists group citing "separation of church and state" to stop the event, the third annual caravan attracted as many as 1,000 people at one high school.
"The great state of Alabama is blessed to have been targeted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation," rally organizer Brent McDonald told The Christian Post Sunday. "By them doing so, it has sparked an awakening like no other and Christians are coming together and standing as one. Thank you FFRF and may every single one of you see God through this."
What may have become an awakening, started as a controversy when the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group focused on wiping out expressions of religion from the public square in the U.S., threatened Cullman County schools and Superintendent Billy Coleman with a letter from its lawyer. more >>