A second-grader's Bible was confiscated by a teacher at an elementary school in Texas during a designated "read-to-myself" time, parents of the child claim.
Parents of the second-grade girl attending Hamilton Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District allege that the incident occurred two weeks ago. Their daughter brought her book of choice, the Bible, to school for a "read-to-myself" time, when students have the opportunity to read a book of their choice to themselves.
The student's second grade teacher reportedly told the young girl that she could not bring the Bible to school, going so far as to confiscate the Bible from the student. The teacher then reportedly told the second grader she could not bring the Bible back to school, flagging it as "inappropriate reading material." The parents of the young girl, who are choosing to remain anonymous to avoid retribution, contacted the Liberty Institute and the local media to share their concern. more >>
A proposed piece of legislation that would have made a historic copy of the Holy Bible the state book for Louisiana has been withdrawn by its sponsor.
State legislator Thomas Carmody, the Republican representative for Shreveport, announced his withdrawal of House Bill 503 on Monday during debate over the measure.
"Carmody, of Shreveport, took the microphone when House Bill 503 was announced and explained to colleagues the bill as amended by the committee could create 'a constitutional problem'," reported Nancy Cook of arklatexhomepage.com. more >>
NASHVILLE – Q Ideas head Gabe Lyons recently found himself pondering why his group's conferences with the one-letter name still boast an enigmatic identity.
"When I've had to quickly explain Q, I've described it as 'a convening of capable Christian leaders intent on learning and collaborating toward what the Church's future role in society ought to be," Lyons wrote earlier this month. "On cue, people's eyes glaze over.
"At other times I've tried to distinguish by what describing what it's not: 'The event for leaders who hate going to events,'" the author of The Next Christians, continued. more >>
Pastor Craig Gross of XXXchurch advises Christians to look beyond the "black and white rhetoric" about homosexuality and focus on the people most affected by the church's stance on surrounding issues instead.
In a recent blog post, Gross noted that while the church and companies like World Vision state their views on homosexuality, the ones who end up negatively affected are individuals caught in the gray area of the subject.
"I've said this before, but it needs to be said over and over: be quick to listen and slow to speak. Most people and companies issuing statements and talking about a definitive black and white God have never sat and listened to the people and lives on the other end of their statements," wrote Gross, also referencing World Vision's reversed decision on hiring same-sex married couples. "…You have to blow past the black-and-white rhetoric of the establishment and get down in the grey dirt with the outcasts. You know. What Jesus did." more >>
A military religious freedom activist has called on the United States military to distance itself from the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, sent a letter last Thursday to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel outlining his request.
"The planned participation by uniformed U.S. military personnel in this private fundamentalist Christian religious event, run by a non-federal entity, is an unequivocally clear violation of the plethora of DoD regulations and instructions," wrote Weinstein. more >>
A Washington, D.C.-based secular organization has filed a lawsuit against the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The American Humanist Association announced Monday that a New Jersey school district will be the latest entity sued over the two words.
David Niose, attorney for the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in a statement that he believes the pledge's words are religiously coercive. more >>