A federal court of appeals heard arguments by a Pennsylvania school district on Wednesday asking to reverse a district court order that told school officials they could not ban a 5th-grader's fliers that invited other students to a Christmas party held at a church.
The legal process began when Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit in March of last year on behalf of the student after she was stopped from distributing the fliers to Barrett Elementary Center students nearly two years ago.
In October 2011, the court found that the Superintendent of the Pocono Mountain School District had "elusive criteria for determining which materials could be distributed [that] is simply too broad and vague to be considered reasonable" and are "ripe for abuse." more >>
A citizenship ministry of the Rock Church in San Diego, Calif., is hosting a voter awareness event Saturday with Christian leaders speaking about how believers can apply biblical principles when engaging politically and culturally.
"Let's Rock America – Vote 2012 is an event to raise awareness and encourage individuals to vote. We pray that this event will serve to restore patriotism and hope to the community," say organizers.
The church's Salt and Light ministry states that its mission is to equip Christians to think critically and most importantly develop and apply a biblical worldview to the governmental sphere, voting, and all social and cultural issues of the day. more >>
A nationwide atheist organization has sued the Indiana state government over its marriage statute, which they say forbids them from overseeing marriages.
Arguments were heard in U.S. District Court on Monday for the suit filed by the Center for Inquiry against Indiana's marriage statute, which the secular group alleges is unconstitutional.
Paul Fidalgo, communications director for the Center for Inquiry, told The Christian Post that nonreligious people should be allowed to choose a nonreligious celebrant solemnizing their marriage. more >>
A group of Christian students at Louisiana State University who make it a tradition before football games to paint their bodies in school colors along with small crosses on their chests received an apology Monday from college officials who digitally erased the crosses from a photo. However, a statement from LSU suggests that any photo having a religious or political symbol will no longer be considered for any of its communications having to do with promoting the college.
Prior to the apology, LSU stood firm in its decision to send the photo minus the crosses in an e-mail about the LSU vs. South Carolina game on Oct. 13. The featured group of LSU students is known as "The Painted Posse."
"LSU Athletics attempts not to imply any particular religious or political message in any of its correspondence with fans," Herb Vincent, who is the Vice Chancellor for Communications, told CampusReform.org last week. "Thus the crosses were edited out of the photos." more >>
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has sent a letter in protest against a Minnesota apartment complex that allegedly would not allow a tenant to openly express her religious beliefs.
In their remarks, the ADF cautioned Osborne Apartments of Spring Lake Park on Friday about their apparent ban on religious expression in the commons area of their facilities.
At issue was the claim made by tenant Ruth Sweats that she was told she could not pray or talk about her faith in the commons area. According to Sweats, this was due to the apartment complex being subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). more >>
The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday told a federal court that a veterans organization which erected the Mt. Soledad memorial cross in California should be removed from legal talks over how to modify the symbol paying homage to fallen soldiers so that it doesn't violate the Constitution.
Larry A. Burns, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of California at San Diego, said at Friday's hearing that he was inclined to allow the Mount Soledad Memorial Association to continue to intervene as a party in the case, The Associated Press reported.
The judge added he will issue his ruling soon on the ACLU's request to remove the association from negotiations between the union and the Department of Justice over modifying the disputed cross built on a San Diego mountain top. more >>